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5/7/2014 - City of Waterbury Hosts Family and Housing Expo


The City of Waterbury is hosting the second annual Housing and Family Expo on Saturday, May 10, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., at Waterbury Arts Magnet School, 16 South Elm Street.  The event is free and open to the public.

This year, the Waterbury Department of Education is adding the educational component to the expo.  Parents of school age children will be offered instruction and training in the use of “Progress Book” which provides an easy way for parents, students and teachers to stay connected.  Parent Academy Workshops will provide information on Common Core and the new testing, job readiness, financial literacy for families and college preparation.

Promptly at 10 a.m., Mayor Neil M. O’Leary and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen M. Ouellette, will provide opening remarks regarding city government and educational services that are being highlighted at the expo.

The City of Waterbury is partnering with a number of neighborhood groups, nonprofits, and community organizations to offer residents and potential first-time home buyers an opportunity to learn more about housing and housing improvement opportunities, what is happening in the real estate market, how to save money through energy efficiency, and many other programs and services.

More than 30 exhibitors from around the city and state will cover segments of housing and education.  Public information booths will include representatives from the Public Works Dept., Waterbury Blight Task Force, B.R.A.S.S. senior services, HUD Section 3, National Credit Masters credit repair, Dept. of Public Health, Fire Dept., and dozens more.

The Greater Waterbury Board of REALTORS will be heading up a Sponsor Program by inviting numerous financial institutions this year to highlight the financing programs available through their institutions.  Visitors will have the opportunity to enter a free drawing for a Kindle Fire and several other great door prizes.  Many exhibitor and sponsor tables will have free giveaways or mini drawings.

The event will also include a “Green Corner”— Energize Connecticut representatives will be on-hand to answer questions and provide information about energy saving programs, rebates and financing options to make your home or business more energy efficient or how to utilize renewable energy.  Children are also invited to participate in energy themed arts and crafts from eeSmarts, an educational initiative through Energize Connecticut that encourages children to learn more about energy efficiency and renewable energy. Stop by the TechniArt table to buy a combo of high efficiency LED lights at discounted rates for Waterbury residents.  There are also income eligible programs available.  Energize CT is proud to offer low & no interest loans for homeowners who want to make energy improvements.

Home Depot will be hosting a “Kids Workshop”, a hands-on learning experience for children along with EEsmarts, an energy efficiency and clean, renewable education initiative for Connecticut grades Pre K- 12.