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July 29, 2022

Supportive-housing units for adults with disabilities open in Bloomfield

Contributed Lavender Field in Bloomfield.

A public-private partnership between New York-based developer Regan Development and Canton-based nonprofit Favarh has completed two supportive-housing complexes in Canton and Bloomfield for adults with disabilities.

Favarh, also known as the Arc of the Farmington Valley, offers housing for 19 clients with intellectual and developmental disabilities at Lavender Field in Bloomfield. The affordable housing complex contains 38 one- and two-bedroom apartments. 

Nine of the units are considered supportive housing, which provide 24/7 staff support and are designed with ADA-plus features. 

Lavender Field is located at 458 and 470 Cottage Grove Road on the town’s CTfastrak bus route and across from Capaco Shopping Center – conveniences for adults with disabilities. All of the units meet passive house standards for energy efficiency.

In 2021, Favarh opened Bear Woods Apartments in Canton, which houses 20 adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Gov. Ned Lamont’s administration has said Connecticut needs more of this type of collaboration between public and private entities to fill the affordable housing void for people with, and without, disabilities. 

The two developments include cost savings to the Department of Developmental Services when compared to the higher-cost and less-integrated setting of group homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, according to Favarh. 

“These new housing complexes will help adults with disabilities to thrive, while also providing their families peace of mind,” said Favarh’s Executive Director Stephen E. Morris. “All parents want to know their children have what they need to be safe and to flourish after they are gone. These new apartments provide that assurance.”

Favarh and Regan Development received $12.9 million from the state Bond Commission, with Favarh as the service provider and Regan Development as the landlord-developer, according to Favarh. Another $12.9 million for the projects came from private investors using federal tax credits.

In Farmington, developer Geoffrey Sager recently proposed a mixed-income housing development at 80 South Road, behind the UConn Health Center, which would contain 62 units. Of those, 80% would be designated as affordable housing, including 15 units reserved for Favarh clients.

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