Date Incorporated: 1989
Purpose: Affordable housing.
Funding: Federal and Connecticut government funding grants include a Limited Equity Co-op Grant, a Housing and Community Development Grant, a Scattered Site Grant and Small Cities Grants for home rehabilitation projects and land purchases. Private grants from the Benas Memorial Fund, the Torrington Area for Public Giving, the Seherr-Thoss Charitable Trust, LISC, and donations received by annual membership drives within the community.
Additional Information: Gift of approximately 40 acres of land from Andrew and Jamie Gagarin with the founding of the organization.
Date Incorporated: 1983
Purpose: Rural community resiliency, economic development, organizing disperse community interests.
Land Holdings: Built or rehabilitated 107 housing units.
Partners: Naugatuck Valley Project is a community-based regional organization of twenty-one dues-paying religious congregations, housing cooperatives, labor union locals, and educational and small business organizations; Land trust is managed through a sub-project, the Naugatuck Valley Housing Development Corporation.
Sharon Housing Trust
P.O. Box 1168
Date Incorporated: 2005
Purpose: Affordable housing for working-class families.
Land Holdings: One home built, one planned for construction.
Partners: Modeled after the Litchfield Housing Trust.
Funders: State of Connecticut through a Small Town Economic Assistance Program, individual community members.
Additional Information: Similar to Habitat for Humanity, SHT requests “sweat equity” from residents as their home is being constructed.
Date Incorporated: 2019
Purpose: To hold land for the development and stewardship of permanently affordable housing, land for food production, green space, and facilities for community organizations.
Land Holdings: Remodeling a multi-family home.
Partners: Fresh New London, Voluntown Peace Trust, St. Francis House.
Funders: City of New London.