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Eastern Connecticut receives funding for concrete foundation testing

Eastern Connecticut receives funding for concrete foundation testing

Coventry recently received funding for core testing on concrete foundations throughout the Towns of Ashford, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, Tolland, Union, and Willington. The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development administered a Community Development Block Grant through the CT Department of Housing to fund the multi-jurisdictional Concrete Foundation Testing Program.

The program intends to financially help residents test their foundations for the presence of the mineral pyrrhotite. Foundations have been crumbling due to the natural occurrence of pyrrhotite in concrete poured from 1983 to 2013. This mineral can cause cracking when it is exposed to air or moisture.

Properties eligible for this grant must be located in one of the seven towns listed above and built during or after 1983. Also, there must be evidence of homeowner’s insurance provided when applying.

Megan Burnett of the Windham-based Community Consulting said that $250,000 will be distributed among the seven towns. Coventry hired Community Consulting to write the grant request. Burnett also said that the income guidelines set by the federal housing department entail which households are qualified to receive the grant. 

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Each eligible household will be offered a grant of up to $5,000 for up to four core samples. This funding is however first-come, first-serve. Homeowners will not be reimbursed for core testing that has already been completed.

“This is a great opportunity,” Coventry Town Manager John Elsesser said. “With the higher income levels that were just announced, we need people to consider this.”

Households with incomes greater than the maximum threshold will only immediately qualify for a grant if at least 51 percent of all applicants’ incomes are lower than that threshold. A three-person home, for example, would need a gross annual income of $64,750 or less to be immediately qualified.

“It’s not coming out of your pocket. We pay the contractor direct,” he said. “The program pays it and we get reimbursed pretty quickly.”

The grant is available through February 28, 2020 but all applications must be submitted earlier. Homeowners seeking further information about qualification for core testing can contact Peter Huckins, program coordinator at Community Consulting, via email at or call 860-456-0782.