Back in November, Rep. Joe Courtney sent a letter to Gov. Jodi Rell complaining that eastern Connecticut had been overlooked when federal stimulus dollars intended for foreclosure assistance were distributed.
Well, according to this editorial in The Day from Tuesday, New London and Norwich (along with Danbury) will receive some of the money after all. However, the piece points out that the way in which the money was distributed seemed more about politics than about a fair distribution of funds to places that need it most.
The problem was that the money was distributed by DECD based on total number of foreclosures in a town, not on the percentage of foreclosures. Eastern Connecticut, with its much smaller population, therefore got shut out. It’s good that some of the money will eventually make it to two eastern Connecticut cities, but it’s too bad that Plainfield, the town with the highest foreclosure rate in the state, still seems to be getting nothing. Good for Rep. Courtney for identifying the problem and trying to fix it.