Earlier this week, Chrysalis Center Real Estate Corporation held a ribbon cutting ceremony as they opened the doors to “The Elms”, a new supportive housing development for homeless Veterans in Bristol. Federal, State and Local dignitaries had an opportunity to see-firsthand the beautiful new building which will be home to nine formerly homeless Veterans next month.
"They are heroes. They were there for us, now we are here for them," said Sharon L. Castelli, CEO of Chrysalis Center.
Dignitaries on hand to help cut the red ribbon included: Richard Blumenthal, United States Senator, Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno from the CT Department of Housing, Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittmon, from the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu of Bristol. Also, in attendance were Salvatore Vitrano, General Council from the Bristol Housing Authority, local members of the city council, as well as developers and architects of the project.
Located on the former site of St. Vincent DePaul Transitional Shelter, the beautiful renovated three-story building, includes nine individual apartment units, a community room, meeting space, fitness room and laundry facility. A city with a long history of supporting and honoring its Veterans, The Elms is a welcome addition. “We think this is a great re-purposing of this building and look forward to having it be one more piece of Bristol's proud history of honoring its veterans,” said Mayor Ellen Zoppo-Sassu.
The Bristol Housing Authority has committed nine Housing Assistant Payment Vouchers specifically for this project in order for the units to remain affordable for Veterans. Two of the Veterans moving in next month are from the City of Bristol.
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About Chrysalis Center
Chrysalis Center is a private, non-profit, socially innovative, multiservice organization that serves individuals and their families living in the State of Connecticut. Chrysalis Center helps those living in poverty, Veterans, men, women, children, and young adults who are struggling with mental health, addiction, HIV/AIDS, those returning from incarceration and homelessness. Find more information about how Chrysalis Center provides supportive services to assist people in need to transform their lives at: Chrysalis Center. Getting help…Getting better…Giving back.
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