Affordable Housing Fund

The Affordable Housing Fund, established with a Capital Magnet Fund FY 2020 award and matching funds from CHFA, is available to eligible affordable multifamily rental housing developments statewide that have a funding need of $1 million or less and that meet eligibility criteria.

Affordable Housing Program (AHP) (a.k.a FLEX)

Also referred to as soft capital, this program is DOH’s primary housing production program and is frequently referred to as the “flexible” housing program. The program provides quality, affordable housing for Connecticut residents, promotes and supports homeownership and mixed-income developments, and assists in the revitalization of urban and rural centers.

Funds can be used for: acquisition, rehabilitation, new construction, demolition, homeownership, multi-family rental housing, adaptive re-use of historic structures, special needs housing, redevelopment of vacant properties, infrastructure improvements, and housing for individuals or families with incomes up to 100% of Area Median Income.

Community Investment Fund (CIF) 2030

The Community Investment Fund 2030 (CIF) fosters economic development in historically underserved communities across the state. CIF will provide a total of up to $875 million to eligible municipalities as well as not-for-profit organizations and community development corporations that operate within them.

HOME Investment Partnerships Program

Federal block grant program administered by the state and designed to create affordable housing for low and moderate-income households. Purposes include: provide quality, affordable housing for Connecticut residents; strengthen communities; expand the capacity of non-profit housing development organizations; and leverage private sector participation. Eligible uses include rehabilitation, new construction, demolition, American Dream Down Payment Initiative, homeownership, rental housing, relocation, pre-development loans, operating expenses (CHDOs only, see HOME – CHDO Funding program), and homebuyer education.

Incentive Housing Zone (IHZ) Program

Grants for the purpose of providing TA and pre-development funds in the planning of IHZs, the adoption of IHZ regulations and design standards, the review and revisions as needed of applicable subdivision regulations and applications for preliminary or final approval

Incentive Housing Developments (IHD) must be residential or mixed-use developments

Pre-Development Loan Program

Provides financial assistance in the form of an interest free loan to the Developer for predevelopment
costs incurred in connection with the construction, rehabilitation or renovation of decent, safe and sanitary dwelling
units for low and moderate income families.

Eligible expenses include architectural designs, feasibility studies, market studies, appraisals, and option payments to acquire a site. Loans are available for up to $300,000. All loans are 0% interest and available for a term of 24 months. The majority of projects serve households with incomes of 25%-60% of the area median income (AMI).

Responsible Growth and Transit Oriented Development Grant Program

The Responsible Growth and Transit-Oriented Development (RGTOD) Grant Program provides funding opportunities to eligible applicants for projects that foster transit-oriented development and/or projects that demonstrate responsible growth through their consistency with the Conservation & Development Policies: The Plan for Connecticut.

Small Cities CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Program

The Connecticut DOH administers the distribution of CDBG funds for the Small Cities Program, while large local jurisdictions (Entitlement Districts) are responsible for their own CDBG funding. Small localities apply to DOH for CDBG funds. Provides funding and technical support for projects that achieve local community and economic development objectives. The program is only available to CT towns and cities with populations of less than 50,000. Projects must meet at least one of the following objectives: benefiting low- and moderate-income persons, eliminating slum and blight, or addressing an urgent need.

Small Town Economic Assistance Program (STEAP)

The Small Town Economic Assistance Program (CGS Section 4-66g) funds economic development, community conservation and quality-of-life capital projects for localities that are ineligible to receive Urban Action bonds. This program is managed by the Office of Policy and Management, and the grants are administered by various state agencies.

Transit Oriented Development Fund

Provides interest-only loans for predevelopment and acquisition for eligible projects to promote a mix of transit-oriented uses including new housing, retail, and commercial space. TOD Fund supports development along all bus rapid transit and commuter rail corridors statewide, Including: CTfastrak, the Hartford Line, Shoreline East, and MetroNorth – New Haven Main Line and the New Canaan, Danbury, and Waterbury Branch lines. The fund also extends to sites on CTtransit corridors that offer 7-day bus service.