Weekly Update & Local Happenings: October 14

October 14, 2022


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Dear Neighbor,


UniteCT, which provides rent and utility assistance for households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, has been allocated an additional $11 million from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to supplement more than $400 million in federal funding previously allocated for the program that helps keep families safely housed.

UniteCT — created in early 2021 in response to the initial outbreak of the pandemic and administered by the Connecticut Department of Housing — provides qualified households up to 12 months of rental and  utility payment assistance. Payments are typically made directly to landlords and utility companies on behalf of tenants.
To date, the program has distributed $322 million to more than 11,000 landlords on behalf of 50,000 households. The average rent and utility assistance per household so far is $8,366 and $1,484, respectively.
This additional $11 million will assist those currently in eviction and to prevent households from going into eviction. The Connecticut Department of Housing also intends to leverage these funds with the $1.5 million that it received in the recently adopted state budget for its new Rent Bank program.
To learn more about UniteCT, visit the Connecticut Department of Housing’s website at ct.gov/doh.

Official Commissioning of USCGA's New Maritime Center of Excellence 

This week I had the great opportunity to attend the Officially commissioned U.S. Coast Guard Academy's new Maritime Center of Excellence. The project is very close to being complete. I was glad to meet and mingle with many alumni, staff and elected officials down by the waterfront for the official commissioning ceremony.

Thank you to Admiral William Kelly, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Alumni Association and others for helping put together such an amazing event!

Groundbreaking Ceremony for Affordable Housing in New London

On Tuesday, I was proud to join a groundbreaking ceremony for the site of a new 28 unit mixed-income apartment building. The 28 units will consist of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Nine will be leased at market-rate rents while the rest is a mix of varying rents based on income. Six units will be set aside for individuals with intellectual disabilities and autism.

To learn more about the development, check out coverage from The Day here

Congratulations to our CT 2022 MADD Award Winners

Join me in sending a big "Shout It Out" and congratulations to Sgt. Lucas DelGrosso and Officer David Diogo for being recognized for the CT 2022 Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) awards. They were both recognized for their outstanding efforts and dedicated work in putting a stop to impaired driving – job well done gentleman!

Congratulations to ADNL

Please join me in sending another "Shout It Out" and thank you to Asociación de Dominicanos de New London (ADNL) for continuing to help educate and invest into the residents of the New London. We appreciate all you do and provide to help New London be a better place. Thank you!

Check out Nathan Hale School's Young Broadcast Professionals

Take a look at two amazing young broadcast Professionals that attend Nathan Hale School! When you empower the youth, they will change our world in a positive way. I have no doubt these two will change our world!

Imagine a Day Without Water

Join the CT Council on Soil & Water Conservation to imagine a day without water via a virtual workshop on drinking water source protection in Connecticut on October 20 from noon to 1:15pm.

Protecting drinking water at the source is vital to ensuring that CT residents have access to clean and abundant water supplies. Learn more about efforts of the CT Council on Soil and Water Conservation to support source water protection statewide.

Register now by clicking here

41st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund Awards Ceremony

Te Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Trust Fund Awards Ceremony is back in person! Come out to the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa on October 20 to recognize and honor the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Trust Fund Scholars and thank our scholarship sponsors for making this possible.

Doors open at 4:30pm. Cash bar at 5pm. Dinner at 6pm. Click here for more info. 

Road Closure: 1-95 Northbound Gold Star Memorial Bridge

A reminder of that the right shoulder and adjacent lane of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge will be closed for the remainder of the construction season or until further notice. This will reduce the bridge to four lanes in the northbound direction on I-95.

The rehabilitation project consists of strengthening the truss approach spans of the Gold Star Memorial Bridge. The work requires the closing of a right or left shoulder and adjacent lane while activities are proceeding below the deck surface on the truss sections of the bridge. This work began February 28, 2022, with an anticipated completion date of June 25, 2025.


The lane closures will be maintained with a combination of construction signs, traffic drums, and other traffic control devices. Motorists are advised to use caution and maintain a safe speed when driving through work zones.

$70 Million in Appreciation Bonuses for CT Child Care Workers

Our state budget for the 2023 fiscal year contains an historic level of funding in child care and early childhood education. We are excited to share that Connecticut full-time child care workers will receive $1,000 and part-time workers will receive $400 in one-time payments!


Thank you for consistently providing critically needed care to ensure that children of Connecticut are safe and their parents and guardians have the support necessary to go to work.

Oct. 13 was Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Breast Cancer Awareness - Metastatic breast cancer — also called stage IV — is breast cancer that has spread to another part of the body. With no known cure, annual mammograms are crucial to catching breast cancer early.

If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at my Capitol office at 860-240-8512 or email me at Anthony.Nolan@cga.ct.gov. Don't forget to "Like" my official Facebook page and follow me on Twitter for news and legislative updates.



Anthony Nolan

State Representative


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