U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is in Connecticut today to see firsthand what the crumbling concrete foundation crisis looks like as U.S. lawmakers seek federal help for residents.
Carson, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, U.S. Representative Joe Courtney and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman will be visiting a home in Willington that is affected.
The NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have been following the issue for years and residents of almost 700 homes have filed complaints about crumbling basements with the state Department of Consumer Affairs.
An estimated 30,000 houses or more in eastern and central Connecticut are dealing with crumbling foundations and the issue has been attributed to the mineral pyrrhotite.
Blumenthal and Murphy have each proposed $100 million in federal funding for repairs and Murphy extended the invitation to Carson during a Senate Appropriations Committee meeting last month to see the damage and hear firsthand from homeowners.
The repairs can cost upward of $200,000 per home.
The Connecticut legislature passed legislation to add a $12 per year surcharge on every Connecticut homeowner’s insurance policy to help raise $10 million to $12 million per year to help pay for hundreds of people struggling with the concrete problem.
This money is on top of $100 million in state bonding for the problem.