Bridgeport, CT- On Saturday, August 22, Senator Richard Blumenthal honored Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust (BNT) for the many contributions they have made to make affordable housing more accessible to those in need. As a result of increased housing discrimination during the pandemic, Blumenthal awarded BNT with a $20,000 grant. Blumenthal referred to Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust as “one of the great protectors of basic human rights and dignity.”
Blumenthal says, “In this pandemic, we’ve come to realize how important the safety and security of a good home is because the pandemic has forced us to be together in homes, to be confined, and so the work done by the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust is more important than ever.”
Noah Gotbaum, the head of BNT, says that Blumenthal’s grant will help them educate the community, preserve housing, and assure that rights are upheld during this difficult time. Gotbaum believes the money will protect people’s rights, especially because many individuals are being dominated by housing discrimination.
Now more than ever, Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust urges renters and homeowners to contact them for counseling to fight evictions, foreclosures, and discrimination. They also encourage people to learn more about first-time home ownership.