Chrysalis Center

A collaboration between Capital for Change and the Chrysalis Center – a Hartford-based nonprofit that provides social services and develops affordable housing for vulnerable populations – has resulted in a new lease on life for a group of former homeless veterans. The Georgian Revival mansion of Charles Phelps (1852-1940), Connecticut’s first attorney general, was originally built in 1907 in the Rockville section of Vernon. This historic property, which includes a mansion and carriage house, had fallen on hard times and had even been subject to foreclosure. In 2010 Chrysalis Center was successful in obtaining financing from the Connecticut Community Bank to refurbish the carriage house with the idea of housing veterans in each of seven one-bedroom units. Then, after a lengthy zoning process, the mansion itself was cleared for renovations, paving the way for an additional 10 veterans’ units beginning in 2013. After experiencing a long series of complications and setbacks, C4C’s flexible lending was able to help the Chrysalis Center complete the project. In 2016, C4C approved $1,360,000 in loan capital to renovate the mansion as well as to construct a third building that brought the number of housing units to 21. To ensure success, C4C formed another successful partnership with the Corporation for Supportive Housing that resulted in a $160,000 grant that was crucial to the construction of the third and final building. C4C is proud of the beautiful work done to honor the historical significance of the structure by preserving many original and unique features of the building. These touches also include preservation of one of the original pin oak trees planted to commemorate Connecticut's 1902 Constitutional Convention.

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