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Vendors and Sponsors Are Still Welcome for May 20 Housing and Health Fair

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Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain, Inc., will hold a regional housing and health fair on Saturday, May 20 at New Britain High School. The University of Connecticut Health Center’s Urban Service Track will set up a free health fair within the fair, offering free health and dental screening and health education. There will be mini-workshops on crime prevention, financial literacy and home purchase for first-time homebuyers. There will also be a full-day workshop for first-time home buyers, which requires registration in advance (http://www.nhsnb.org/classes.html). There will be two “Ask John” segments, featuring real estate professional John W. Kukulka, the Executive Director of NHSNB, Inc., who will provide answers to your questions about home repair and renovation challenges. The City of New Britain will be present with information about community services and lead paint removal.

Arch Street businesses, faith communities and non-profits will hold center stage this year, as NHSNB, Inc. joins in the revitalization of the street with its impending purchase and renovation of the Bennett Building at 266 Arch Street. NHSNB, Inc., works closely with the Latino Coalition/El Barrio Latino and the Arch Area Neighborhood Revitalization Zone.

There will be a strong arts theme in this year’s event, with a poetry slam organized by s senior at New Britain High School and a powerful presentation by the PhotoVoices Project of the YWCA.

There will be a story walk program at the main Library sponsored by the Consolidated School District of New Britain. The Housing Fair will welcome children and families with face painting and a raffle of books featured in the Story Walk. There will be other raffles as well.

Outside of the High School there will be a Castle Moonwalk for kids. New Britain Roots will open the greenhouse at the High School and will show people how to build a raised bed garden, and will offer plants, seeds and advice on how to grow things at home.

Farmington Bank, People’s United Bank and Webster Bank are major sponsors of the Fair. Other supporters include the Latino Coalition/El Barrio Latino, and the Hospital of Central CT. Subway and Grand Pizza & Restaurant have donated to the raffle. Other restaurants and a bakery are donating refreshments.

To sign on as a vendor or to place an ad in the program book, call or email Patricia Wallace at 860-224-2433 x 112, or pwallace@nhsnb.org.