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Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust week of events: the “Gateway to Homeownership”


June is National Homeownership Month and Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (BNT) is celebrating with a week of events (June 16 – June 21), called the “Gateway to Homeownership.”

The week launches with the Ribbon Cutting of the Gateway at 570, BNT’s new office and residential space. Each day BNT will host educational workshops throughout the Gateway to Homeownership Events extend throughout the week with:

Free Classes
Credit checks for new homebuyers


June is National Homeownership month and BNT is celebrating with the Ribbon Cutting of the Gateway at 570, a mixed-use building providing office and residential space in an area that had been an empty lot for years. The building is Connecticut’s first Energy Star Multifamily High Rise, and is home to Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust and provides 30 integrated supportive affordable apartments.

The Development Team for the Gateway at 570 included Paul Bailey Architects (architect), Haynes Construction (general contractor), Operation Hope (social service provider), the Housing Development Team (consultant) and Steve Lichtman (attorney).

The total development costs exceeded $7M. In addition to funding from the Interagency Committee for Supportive Housing, the project also received support from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the City of Bridgeport, Corporation for Supportive Housing, Community Capital Fund, and Wells Fargo. Work was completed in May 2014.


Monday June 16, 2014
Event: 11:30 AM
Program: Officials will address the crowd –

Luis Sanchez, BNT Board President
Terry Floyd, BNT Vice President
Mayor Bill Finch, City of Bridgeport
Senator Andres Ayala, State of Connecticut
Congressman Jim Himes, US Representative, Connecticut 4th District
Kim Bianca Williams, BNT Board Member
Suzanne Piacentini, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Commissioner Evonne M. Klein, State of Connecticut, US Department of Housing and Urban Development
Paul Timpanelli, Bridgeport Regional Business Council
Eric Chatman, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority
Carla Miklos, Operation Hope
Liz Torres, Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust

Light Lunch
Tour of the facilities

Classes and Workshops:

Monday, June 16 – Thursday June 19 – Free Credit Reports for New Homebuyers 4p-6p – Supported by TD Bank
Monday, June 16 Foreclosure Prevention Workshop 5:30-6:30pm – Featuring Bank of America
Tuesday, June 17 3 Hour Pre-Purchase Homeownership Class 5:30-8:30p – Featuring Chase
Wednesday, June 18 Landlord/Tenant Certification Class 5:30-8:30p – Featuring Attorney Jose Pol
Thursday, June 19 Homeownership Orientation 6:00-7:00p – Featuring People’s United Bank
Saturday, June 21 8 Hour Pre-Purchase Class 9:00a-5:00p – Featuring Wells Fargo
To Register for classes call: (203) 290-4255