Located in northwestern Connecticut on the southern edge of the Berkshires, Stuart Farm in Kent is an example of the scale and quality of affordable housing that works neatly in small New England towns.
As the latest affordable housing developed by Kent Affordable Housing, Inc. (KAH), Stuart Farm sits on two acres bordering a land preserve and consists of five apartments—two two-bedrooms, two one-bedrooms, and one that is handicapped accessible. Complementing the beauty of its rural setting, the renovated 1828 farmhouse resembles a family compound and provides its residents with easy access to the center of Kent.
Housing Connections staff provided strategic technical support to KAH in developing their vision, plans for, and implementation of the development of Stuart Farm. Housing Connections assisted KAH in a process to select a consultant for the project—someone who would put together funding plans and guide the development project through the planning and zoning and construction processes. Once the professional team of consultant, architect and builder was in place, Housing Connections helped KAH with information and trouble-shooting until the project was completed.
Funders for Stuart Farm included the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston, Union Savings Bank, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and private sources.