Malloy Nominates Ex-First Selectman Of Darien As New Housing Commissioner; Will Oversee Affordable Housing Efforts

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Evonne M. Klein spent six years as the first selectman of Darien, one of the richest communities in the United States.

While there, she worked on efforts toward creating affordable housing in the hopes of helping young graduates to return to their hometown and attract town employees who take massively long commutes to get to work.

On Thursday, Klein was nominated by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy as the commissioner of the state\’s Department of Housing, an agency that has had many gyrations through the years of being folded into and out of an alphabet soup of agencies.

\”Affordable housing is integral to driving economic development and growing jobs in our state,\’\’ Malloy told reporters outside his second-floor Capitol office.

As mayor of Stamford for 14 years, Malloy watched Klein in action as the chief elected official in Darien, the city\’s next-door neighbor.

Klein will be paid $120,000 per year and says she will look to promote affordable housing \”from Norwalk to Norwich.\’\’

State Rep. William Tong, who is seeking to become Stamford\’s next mayor, applauded Klein as he stood near the podium at the announcement.

“She’s a great choice,” said David Fink, policy director for the Hartford-based Partnership for Strong Communities. “In six years as first selectman, she probably advanced affordable housing more in Darien than it had advanced in the previous century. She knows how to work with Democrats and Republicans, and she understands that, in the end, housing gets created after local residents are given a chance to offer their ideas and shape the product. And that’s where all the affordable housing we need will be created – in town halls all over the state.”

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2 thoughts on “Malloy Nominates Ex-First Selectman Of Darien As New Housing Commissioner; Will Oversee Affordable Housing Efforts

  1. Patricia Droney

    Congratulations to Ms. Klein. As a pro bono advocate for the integration of the disabled into their communities, with independent housing and supportive services as they choose, I applaud the leadership of Governor Malloy in recognizing the need to have a coordinated effort in the form of a Ct agency focused on the many challenges to that goal. My best wishes to Ms. Klein and her team. Pat

  2. jeanette perlman

    Yvonne Klein is an excellent choice. She is a talented visionary who knows how to overcome challenges and achieve goals. Yvonne has an appreciation of individuals’ contributions and creates a team to focus on the goals and help achieve the objectives.

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