Dilapidated property's transformation further empowers nonprofit anti-poverty agency
BRIDGEPORT – When residents of Bridgeport's East End and surrounding communities need critical assistance, they often turn to the Alliance for Community Empowerment.
The nonprofit anti-poverty agency's ability to connect with clients was enhanced significantly in August 2021 when it opened a new resource center in former commercial space at 1376 Stratford Ave.
The agency was formed in 1964 and serves more than 35,000 people annually in the Connecticut communities of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Norwalk, Stratford, Trumbull and Westport.
Development of the Bridgeport resource center stems from a public-private partnership with developer Anthony Stewart of Ashlar Construction.
There, economically challenged residents can receive support and guidance with such issues as job searches, utility costs, rent and COVID-19 vaccinations.
“This highly visible property had been vacant and dilapidated for many years, with multiple developers having attempted unsuccessfully to complete renovations in the past,” Liebel said.
Capital for Change provided mortgage financing for the project through the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority's Small Multifamily Program, and administrated the Connecticut Department of Housing subsidy funds that made the project possible.
“The success of this project showcases Capital for Change's ability to lend flexibly and creatively in ways that tangibly support our state’s communities,” Liebel said.
More information about the Alliance for Community Empowerment and its services may be found online at alliancect.org.