Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury, Inc. (NHS of Waterbury) has appointed a new Executive Director, Owen J. Quinn of Torrington. Quinn was hired by the NHS of Waterbury Board of Directors in September following an extensive candidate search.

    NHS of Waterbury is a private nonprofit organization founded in 1980 and works to revitalize local neighborhoods by providing homeownership education, foreclosure intervention and affordable housing development. NHS of Waterbury provides these services to Waterbury, as well as the 27 other towns in its catchment area — including Torrington and Danbury. NHS of Waterbury is a proud member of NeighborWorks America®.

    “Mr. Quinn’s vast public and private sector experience will be invaluable to NHS of Waterbury,” said Kevin A. Moran Senior Vice President Bank of America and longtime Board member, “We were very glad to recruit Quinn and look forward to great things to come.”

    Quinn is the former Mayor of Torrington and Town Manager of Winsted. For more than 20 years, he was also head of a regional job training organization based in Danbury, and directed a shelter and transitional housing organization in Hartford.

    “Considering what has happened to the housing market and economy during the last few years, organizations like Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury are needed more than ever before,” Quinn said. “I am honored to join the NHS of Waterbury team and look forward to the work ahead and helping rebuild neighborhoods and communities.”

    It didn’t take Quinn long to get busy at work. The Agency has started the planning and
implementation of a new 10-unit housing project on 885 N. Main Street. The $2.6 million project is expected to start construction in the spring of 2012.

About Neighborhood Housing Services: In 1980, a group of determined residents, local government officials and corporate leaders came together in an effort to save deteriorating housing in Waterbury’s inner city neighborhoods. With key support from ® NeighborWorks America , they created Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury (NHSW) to revitalize targeted neighborhoods and provide a range of financial and home-improvement assistance for homeowners. During the past 31 years, NHS of Waterbury has improved the quality of life for local residents by creating and sustaining homeownership for over 10,000 families and by developing a mix of 57 new homes and community centers including the NRZ WOW Learning Center and the St. Margaret Willow Street Center. In addition, they offer extensive Homebuyer education classes and counseling, Foreclosure Assistance education and counseling and Reverse Mortgage Counseling.