BNT Celebrates Game-Changing $1 Million Citi Foundation Grant; Announces New Youth Financial Literacy Program and Housing Strategy!

Bridgeport, CT – June 14, 2024: Dozens of real estate professionals, representatives from Bridgeport Public Schools, and representatives from the local delegation, including Mayor Joe Ganim of Bridgeport and Senator Richard Blumenthal, filled the lobby of Bridgeport non-profit Building Neighborhoods Together (BNT) for a breakfast to celebrate the agency’s recent selection as the sole Connecticut...

BNT Receives Prestigious $1 Million Community Progress Makers Award from Citi Foundation

Bridgeport, CT – May 14, 2024: BNT is proud to announce its selection as the sole Connecticut recipient of the Citi Foundation's $1 Million Community Progress Makers award. This marks BNT's inclusion in the fourth cohort of this program, which now includes Connecticut among its eligible regions. BNT was chosen from over 1,000 applicants nationwide for its commitment to serving low- to moderate-income...

BNT 2023 Annual Benefit Supports Affordable Housing and Homeownership

Milford, CT – November 2, 2023 – Yvonne Jetter's family faced severe financial challenges during the pandemic. Almost losing her husband's business added to their struggles. The threat of homelessness loomed when their landlord decided to sell their home. Fortunately, her husband’s accountant told them about the “wonderful first-time homebuyer down payment assistance program at BNT.” This...

BNT’s CEO Doris Latorre and Board President Chip Parrish Featured on Channel 12 News, Discuss Annual Benefit, and Express Gratitude to Sponsors

Bridgeport, CT – October 21, 2023 – In an insightful video interview by Channel 12 News reporter Frank Recchia, which aired on both the 6 PM and 9 PM editions on Saturday, October 21, Doris Latorre, CEO of Building Neighborhoods Together (BNT), and Chip Parrish, President of the Board, shared crucial details about the organization's upcoming Annual Benefit event, "Let's Make Home the Goal." This...

BNT Secures Generous Support from Fairfield County Bank to Fuel Community Growth

Bridgeport, CT – October 12, 2023 – Building Neighborhoods Together (BNT), has been the recipient of significant financial support from Fairfield County Bank over the past three years, reinforcing their commitment to financial and housing security in Fairfield County. This year's award from Fairfield County Bank, totaling $7,500 in grant funding and a $5,000 Silver Sponsorship, for a total of...

Liberty Bank Awards BNT with $5,000 Grant to Support Community Initiatives

Bridgeport, CT - On September 28, 2023, Liberty Bank's mortgage lender, Linda Urbanec, presented a generous $5,000 grant award check to the dedicated staff at Building Neighborhoods Together (BNT). BNT, established in 1986, is a HUD-certified nonprofit agency committed to addressing housing and financial insecurity, homelessness, and inequality in Fairfield County. Over the past 6 months, BNT has...

Connecticut’s ‘Time to Own’ Down Payment Program gets $20 Million Infusion – Empowering Homeownership Opportunities

Bridgeport, CT - July 3, 2023: Building Neighborhoods Together (BNT) is pleased to share the following ctpost news story Time To Own gets $20 Million Infusion, announcing an additional $20 million allocation by the state of Connecticut to its 'Time to Own' program, offering 0% forgivable loans up to $50,000 for down payment assistance, which has already provided crucial support to over 1,300 new...

Homeward Bound Housing Fair and Networking Event was a tremendous success!

June 22, 2023 - The Homeward Bound Housing Fair and Networking Event, which took place at Two Roads Brewery in Stratford last week, was a tremendous success, attracting an impressive turnout of over 140 prospective homeowners. The event provided a valuable platform for 40 residential real estate professionals to showcase affordable lending and housing products and services to our community constituents....

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HUD Announces New Proposed “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” Rule…

HUD No. 23-013 HUD Public Affairs (202) 708-0685 FOR RELEASE Thursday January 19, 2023 HUD ANNOUNCES NEW PROPOSED "AFFIRMATIVELY FURTHERING FAIR HOUSING" RULE, TAKING A MAJOR STEP TOWARDS ROOTING OUT LONGSTANDING INEQUITIES IN HOUSING AND FOSTERING INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES Rule expands upon HUD’s previous policy, implementing opportunities for transparency and accountability while...

Newtown Savings Bank Awards $15,000 for BNT’s ERA Capacity Building and Operating Fund Campaigns

Pictured from left to right: BNT's Charlie Griggs, Carol Cruz, Elsie Algarin and Iris O'Halloran, NSB's Mortgage Loan Officer, Stephen Finnegan, and SVP and head of Retail Lending, Carl Josephson, and BNT's CEO Doris Latorre, Diamond London, Lizbeth DiFabbio and Beverly Hoppie December 16, 2022 - BNT is very honored to have recently received a $15,000 donation from Newtown Savings Bank (NSB).  This...

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