18 New Street
"Helping Those Who Have Served Achieve the Life They've Earned"
The Non-Profit Development Corporation of Danbury, Incorporated (NPDCD) is a not-for-profit development corporation with 501(C)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service dedicated to neighborhood revitalization and the creation of affordable housing opportunities for low-moderate income people. Beginning in 1983 NPDCD has created over 100 affordable housing units in Danbury either on its own or in partnership with other. Projects have ranged from acquisition and rehabilitation of substandard existing housing to new construction of condominiums and single-family homes. Led by President Paul J. Valeri, a Vietnam veteran, NPDCD played the lead role in a collaborative effort to establish Vet House- a facility designed to address the needs of homeless veterans through six transitional housing beds with supportive services and four permanent SRO-style housing units with Project-Based Section 8 Vouchers from the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury.
Vet House, located at 18 New Street, is a keystone of the City’s Housing For Heroes Plan to address the housing needs of veterans in a comprehensive manner. Vet House is a collaborative effort of NPDCD, the City of Danbury, the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury, the Midwestern Connecticut Council on Alcoholism, the Dream Homes Community Center and the VA Connecticut Healthcare System. NPDCD’s lead role in establishing Vet House includes serving as the developer, building owner and program manager. NPDCD secured a substantial capital grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) towards acquisition and rehabilitation costs of the transitional housing portion of the project. Additional funding for the transitional units as well as the permanent units came from NPDCD, the City of Danbury’s CDBG program and the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury. HACD also approved four Project-Based Rental Vouchers for the permanent units. Funding under the VA’s Grant Per Diem Program will help reimburse occupancy costs associated with the transitional beds.
As the result of the mix of transitional and permanent housing as well as the different funding sources for each, Vet House will consist of two distinct, though complementary, programs operating under two different sets of regulations and requirements. The Vet House Transitional Housing Program (consisting of six transitional beds) was largely funded through VA grants and must comply with VA regulations and restrictions governing operation of transitional housing and related supportive services conditioned under such grants. The Vet House Permanent Housing Program (consisting of four permanent housing units) was granted four Section 8 Housing Vouchers under HACD’s Project-Based Voucher Program providing rental subsidies to qualified tenants of the units that are tied to the project rather than being portable with the tenant. As a consequence, NPDCD must comply with HUD regulations and restrictions governing the Section 8 Program administered by the City of Danbury.
Vet House Partners
Vet House Mission Statement
Referrals to Vet House Transitional Housing Program
Applications for Vet House Permanent Housing Units
Vet House Occupancy Rules