It was a long time in the making, but sorely needed in New Britain — new units of supportive housing for the chronically homeless. On May 24, a lineup of dignitaries thrust shovels in the ground to signify that 11 units will soon be built at 180 North St.
As Ellen Perkins Simpson, the executive director of New Britain’s Friendship Center, said at the groundbreaking, “I went to see Mayor Stewart the second day she was in office,” lobbying for more housing for the homeless.
Both she and Mayor Stewart proudly spoke of this advancement’s ability to help curtail homelessness in the city. Charles Boulier, chairman of the board of directors, American Savings Bank, thanked all contributors to the project, including Liberty Bank Foundation.
Howey House, named for a local family long prominent in helping solve homelessness, will consist of 11 studio and one-bedroom apartments for adult individuals who have been chronically homeless and who suffer from a disability. It is expected to be ready in 2018.