DARIEN, Conn. – Former Darien First Selectman Evonne Klein has been nominated to serve as commissioner of the state’s new Department of Housing.
The Department of Housing was created in 2012 as the lead state agency for housing-related matters. The department will be responsible for providing a centralized and comprehensive approach to ending homelessness and meeting the housing needs of low- and moderate-income individuals, families and communities in Connecticut.
Gov. Dannel Malloy nominated Klein on Thursday to head the new department. She served as the first selectman of Darien from 2003 to 2009. During that time, she worked to increased affordable housing in town, including developing an Affordable Housing Plan for Darien and zoning regulations to increase the stock of affordable housing. She currently serves as the engage life director for Atria Senior Living.
“I am honored to be nominated by the governor for this position. Through the creation of the Department of Housing, we now have the ability to better meet our housing needs across the state. I look forward to serving the people of Connecticut,” Klein said.
“I’ve had the opportunity to work alongside Evonne for a number of years, and I’ve been witness to her dedication, work ethic and leadership capabilities,” Malloy said. “I know that she will serve as a strong advocate of ensuring that our state has the quality, affordable housing that will drive economic growth and make Connecticut a more vibrant place to work and live.”
Malloy has made affordable housing a priority. His biennial budget includes $221 million to continue efforts to develop affordable housing for seniors, young professionals, working families and other residents.
“Affordable housing is integral to driving economic development and growing jobs in our state,” he said. “Stable housing affects the quality of our neighborhoods, the education of our kids, the health of our citizens and the opportunity for individuals and families to live in thriving communities. It is the right thing to do for our residents and the smart thing to do for our future.”