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DECEMBER 22, 2011

Community Health Resources (CHR) hosted a ribbon cutting and open house to celebrate the opening of their new supportive housing apartment building at 487 Center Street in Manchester.  Governor Malloy joined Manchester Mayor Diana, CHR staff and board members, advocates and members of the community to recognize this innovative new building made up of 20 affordable housing units,10 of which are for individuals who were homeless.  Over 100 supporters attended the open house to tour the new building, opening for residents January 2012.

CHR is a leading behavioral health provider in Central and Northeastern Connecticut, offering a wide array of services including behavioral healthcare for children, adults and families, substance use services and supportive housing.  CHR offers effective, accessible, affordable behavioral healthcare through 80 programs and 32 locations, serving over 10,000 people annually.  Visit CHR’s website at for more information.

“At CHR our goal is to bring real hope to individuals struggling with the challenges of real life.  This building is all about restoring hope to those who have faced significant challenges,” said Heather Gates, President and CEO, CHR.   “It is particularly appropriate that at the new year, a time when many choose to make positive life changes, we will be opening the doors to Center Street and providing the foundations for a fresh new start in life for its residents.”

CHR’s supportive housing services have enabled people to stay in the community and live independently, providing the foundation to help them live more productive and stable lives. Ms. Gates noted that the need for supportive housing is significant.  She explained that stable housing can transform people’s lives and she hopes the agency will have the opportunity to help more people through supportive housing like Center Street.

“The partnership between CHR and state and local officials is something that will strengthen Connecticut’s safety net and permanently improve people’s lives,” said Governor Malloy.  “Time and again, we are demonstrating that in Connecticut we can keep our priorities straight despite tough financial times.  Center Street housing will offer new hope to those in need. I applaud state and local leaders and Community Health Resources for their work.”

For a picture of the ribbon cutting, please click on this link:  /uploads/Ribbon%20Cutting.jpg.  Pictured are Mayor Leo Diana, Governor Malloy and Heather Gates.

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