A state grant of more than $5.6 million is earmarked for Phase II of Wilton Commons, according to a press release from Gov. Dannell Malloy’s office.

Mutual Housing of Southwestern Connecticut, Inc. will receive a $5,691,764 grant to create 23 new congregate units as part of the second phase of this development. The first phase of Wilton Commons, consisting of 51 units, is nearly completed. The funding must be approved by the State Bond Commission.

“Affordable housing is a critical component of a strong economy,” Mr. Malloy said. “But perhaps most importantly, it’s projects like these that will make it possible for our seniors to stay in the communities they helped to make such great places to live.  Our state is getting older, and we need to take steps to make sure that seniors have access to affordable housing that meets their needs.  The investments we are announcing today will do just that.”

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-143) hailed the news.

“Because of Wilton Commons, many people who have devoted themselves to Wilton and its neighboring towns will be able to stay here among their friends and family for years to come, and to continue contributing to the community they have helped to build,” she said.

“Our seniors need affordable housing alternatives, and the citizens of Wilton have been true pioneers in finding a new kind of solution to help them retain their independence and remain in their communities.”

State-financed congregate housing offers seniors who are 62 years old or older affordable housing with the supportive services necessary so they can maintain a quasi-independent lifestyle. Residents have private living quarters and dine communally in a central dining area. This housing is intended for people who have temporary or periodic difficulties with one or more essential activities of daily living.