In the near term, the Norwalk Housing Foundation helps housing residents, at no cost to them, through comprehensive educational initiatives including early childhood, after school learning, and the College Scholarship Program. The goal is to help resident students get into college, stay in college, and earn a degree. More broadly, the NHF encourages the quest our children undertake not long after they are born and that we hope continues, magnificently, into adulthood—the will and skill to succeed.
In 1975 Curtis O. Law came to the Norwalk Housing Authority (NHA). As its Executive Director, he developed an innovative, different and expansive vision for what public housing should provide, beyond simply safe and affordable living. Public housing was never meant to be a permanent solution. Mr. Law felt that family residents needed to become self-sufficient, self-reliant, and independent, and to then have the means to leave public housing for their own homes. Mr. Law’s vision begins and ends with the same thing—education. Education is the wellspring of all things good. Thus the NHA’s learning initiatives emerged and developed over the last four decades.
The NHA began its scholarship program in 1998. In 2000 it founded the Norwalk Housing Foundation (NHF), a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, established solely to raise money for college scholarships and other educational services for NHA families, helping to provide a pathway from housing of last resort to opportunities for a better life.