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Rep. Kupchick and Sen. Hwang Commend State Grant for Mortgage Foreclosure Counseling at Operation Hope of Fairfield

Posted on December 3, 2018 by rjoslyn


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HARTFORD – State Representative Brenda Kupchick (R-132) and State Senator Tony Hwang (R-28) today shared their support of a state grant for mortgage foreclosure counseling in the amount of $28,000 given to Operation Hope of Fairfield this year.  The funding, which comes from the state’s Interest on Real Estate Broker’s Trust Account (IOREBTA), will be used to provide local residents with assistance in foreclosure proceedings, financial counseling and housing remediation.

Rep. Kupchick and Sen. Hwang cited recent data showing that Connecticut has one of the highest mortgage foreclosure and default rates in the country, with close to 3,150 properties either under default, foreclosure, or auction. Despite improving economic conditions since the recession of 2009, Connecticut is still running nearly 30 percent above the average foreclosure rate since then.  The national average is 36 percent below that period.

Operation Hope runs homeless shelters for men, women and families, a community kitchen and a food pantry. It also owns or operates 46 units of affordable, supportive housing.

Rep. Kupchick, Ranking Member and Sen. Hwang, Co-Chair of the General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Housing, had worked in cooperation with Operation Hope to secure the IOREBTA bond and increase the number of affordable housing units in Fairfield in what they called a “financially sustainable” way.

Rep. Kupchick and Sen. Hwang were able to secure this critical finding, knowing that Operation Hope would be able to prevent homelessness for local homeowners who’ve run into issues with their mortgages,” said Carla Miklos, Executive Director of Operation Hope.

“Operation Hope offers an invaluable service to our community by helping to make sure families have somewhere to call home,” said Rep. Kupchick.  “This is an example of a sensible grant that will pay dividends by empowering a highly effective non-profit organization to provide a core government service in a way that truly benefits everyone.  I look forward to continuing advocacy with Operation Hope and the Housing Committee to continue the state’s initiative to ensure sufficient affordable housing is available in Connecticut.”

“This grant is vital to our community and those experiencing financial struggle,” said Sen. Hwang. “Connecticut has some of the highest foreclosure rates in the country; many of them right in our backyards in Fairfield County. Programs like Operation Hope help to combat the housing crisis and give families confronted with possible loss of their home an opportunity to access counseling, support and professional guidance when foreclosure happens.”

Established in 1992, IOREBTA is not funded by Connecticut taxpayers. Under the program, real estate brokers deposit residential and commercial escrow funds into interest-bearing accounts with the purpose of providing mortgage assistance for low to moderate income families, persons with down payments or any other appropriate housing subsidies. The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority serves as the fiduciary for the funds.

Happy Thanksgiving from Rep. Kupchick

Posted on November 21, 2018 by rjoslyn


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Dear Friends,

I want to take a moment to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving.

While many of us will enjoy gathering with our families and friends, there are many in our community who may not have the means to do the same.  There are several ways you can share in giving thanks and gratitude with those in our community who are in need.

One such way is provided by local organization Operation Hope, which will again be hosting their annual Thanksgiving Day Breakfast at Chip’s Restaurant on Thursday morning.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for the blessings in life. I am personally grateful for my family and to be given the honor to represent a kind and giving community.

Finally, after you pop the turkey in the oven, you can head over to one of Fairfield’s Thanksgiving Day high school football games:

Ludlowe Falcons @ Warde Mustangs

Tetreau Davis Field at Warde High School, 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21

 

Fairfield Prep Jesuits @ West Haven Blue Devils 

West Haven, 10:30 a.m.

Thursday, November 22

 

Pomperaug Panthers @ Notre Dame Lancers

Pomperaug HS, 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 21

Rep. Kupchick Update: Drug Takeback Day in Fairfield is Tomorrow

Posted on October 26, 2018 by rjoslyn


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 As your legislator, I have made addressing our state’s opioid epidemic a top priority and have worked on and passed legislation in an effort to reduce abuse by limiting the availability of opioid medication.

Tomorrow, on October 27, the DEA has planned their National Prescription Drug Take Back Day for Fairfield. This event is part of a nationwide initiative to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by encouraging residents to empty their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.

Collection boxes for opioid medication will be present at the Fairfield Police Department, 100 Reef Rd, from 10a until 2p tomorrow.  There are no forms to fill out and no questions will be asked.  it is intended to be anonymous.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends and accessed in home medicine cabinets. I encourage you to take part in this initiative if you have unused prescription drugs to dispose of.

Visit the DEA website at dea.gov and click on “National Prescription Take-Back Day” for more information.

Another way to help to help at-risk members of our community is to participate in the Out of Darkness Walk in Westport, sponosored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, which is also tomorrow, October 27th, at Sherwood Park in Westport. This event is aimed at raising awareness for mental health issues and to provide resources for those struggling with thoughts of suicide.

Registration time begins at 11a and the walk will commence at 12p.

Again this year, I will be walking with Team Emma.

For more information, including registration forms, please click on this link.

Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have further questions regarding drug policy, or any additional inquiries you may have relating to state government. I can be reached by e-mail at Brenda.Kupchick@cga.ct.gov or by calling 1-800-842-1423.

I hope to see you this weekend!