The Litchfield Housing Trust (LHT) provides opportunities for families with income below eighty percent of the area median to afford to live in Litchfield. This all volunteer housing trust has built both homeownership and rental units over the past twenty years, resulting in about 45 permanently affordable homes, which blend naturally into this historic village.
As part of its technical assistance program, Housing Connections helped LHT retain the services of a professional housing development consultant to assemble financing and build their project pipeline over several years.
The Northfield Firehouse is one LHT’s successes; the old firehouse was converted into two affordable rental units. Before its use as a firehouse, the building at 12 Main Street was a two-room school house.
The renovation took the building back to the look of the original school. Financing for the Northfield Firehouse project was secured from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development through the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant and a Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Green grant that helped design the building’s geothermal heating system.