Foundation For Norfolk Living Celebrates New Affordable Housing Units

Posted on June 19, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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The Foundation for Norfolk Living has announced new affordable housing options. Foundation members, architects, local and state leaders, and supportive members of the Norfolk community all gathered to celebrate today’s ribbon cutting at 2/4 Shepard Road. These new affordable housing units are simply stunning and are sure to be the perfect home for some hard-working individuals or even a young family. I’m so proud to see that our Northwest Corner is trending towards even more affordable housing options.

According to the Foundation for Norforlk Living, the mission of the foundation is to create opportunities for housing in Norfolk that will be affordable to a diverse community including people and families of modest means. The terms and conditions of the foundation’s grant funding requires varying income limits with the result that 10 of its 12 rental units will be marketed to individuals or families in the range of 25% to 80% of the area median income. Two of the 12 units will be rented at market rates.  Also, the foundation’ properties will be assessed by the town as commercial rental properties and therefore taxes will be paid accordingly. They will not be treated as tax exempt property.

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Rep. Ohler Participates in Mental Health Training at Geer Village

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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NORTH CANAAN – State Representative Brian Ohler (R-64) was invited to participate in a two day training course at Geer Village, focused on mental health. According to Ohler, who is a member of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force, there is a direct link between mental health and opioid misuse and abuse.

“I was invited by Valerie English Cooper, the program’s lead instructor and fellow member of the Litchfield County Opiate Task Force. It is incredibly important that we, as a community, take a proactive step in fighting the opioid epidemic and to learn as much as we can about related causes. It is clear to me that there is a great amount of negative stigma attached to conversations about mental health, but training sessions like the one held at Geer Village is a step in correcting the public’s misunderstanding of the subject,” explained Ohler.

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Rep. Ohler and Veterans Organizations Champion Veterans’ Benefit Policy Expansion

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Greg MacKinnon


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HARTFORD – The governor has signed State Representative Brian Ohler’s legislative proposal to expand essential health benefit coverage to veterans into state law. According to Ohler, the law will provide coverage to veterans, who have an other than honorable discharge, that have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, or experienced Military Sexual Trauma.

“Prior to the passage of this law, there was a population of veterans that did not have access to essential life sustaining medical services. I was proud to offer testimony in support of this bill when it was in its early stages and applaud the efforts of my colleagues to ensure this piece of legislation made it to the finish line this session. As the first, and only, post 9/11 combat veteran to serve in the General Assembly, I take great pride in advocating for my brothers and sisters in arms,” stated Ohler.

Ohler served in the CT Army National Guard from 2001-2013. During that time, he volunteered to serve in Iraq from 2003-2004 and during the Iraq surge efforts from 2006-2007. Once again, Ohler volunteered to serve during the surge efforts in Afghanistan, this time in 2011.

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