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About CIL

About Us

Corporation for Independent Living (CIL) is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to serving community needs through its unique capabilities in real estate development, construction, finance and property reclamation. At CIL, we work for the good of the community and provide cost-effective support to those in need.

Since our founding in 1979, we have handled thousands of building projects including group homes, affordable housing, offices for not-for-profits, factory and brownfield reclamations and home Since our founding 1979, we have handled thousands of building projects modifications for people with physical disabilities.

Our professionals are focused on completing projects quickly and delivering a quality product. Further, we secure 100 percent financing as well as handle all development details, including large and complex jobs for state and municipal governments and non-profit agencies.

While CIL has a for-profit subsidiary that develops, finances, builds and manages housing projects, all profits from these operations flow into our not-for-profit operations including CIL’s AccesSolutions initiative which provides modifications for people with physical disabilities.

We are proud of the work we do, and also proud to be named as one of the best places to work in Connecticut. Please take a moment to read our timeline of growth and accomplishments.

  CIL is a member of the US Green Building Council

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  • CIL Board of Directors
  • Management Team


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Group Homes: Individuals with developmental disabilities can have a people-centered approach to meeting their needs through community living arrangements (group homes).
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Factory Conversion Projects: Through the adaptive reuse of idle factories CIL creates new housing opportunities while restoring historic structures.
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Affordable Home Ownership: CIL partners with neighborhoods, cities and towns to revitalize distressed properties and create new housing opportunities for families of low income.
AccesSolutions: A program which provides a variety of home modifications and specialized equipment for individuals with disabilities so that they can lead more independent lives.
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Construction Services: CIL construction services deliver work of the utmost quality and value without sacrificing affordability.
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Non-residential Development: CIL partner with nonprofit agencies to develop program and administrative space tailored to meet their needs.
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Property Management: CIL’s experienced staff handles all aspects of property management in order for you to become a more effective steward of your valuable real estate assets.

Recent Awards

  • 2013 The Connecticut Economic Resource Center and Central Region "Celebrate Connecticut" award for
    The Lofts at Sherwood Falls in Berlin.
  • 2013 Hartford Preservation Alliance Award for Historic Rehabilitation of 10 Liberty Street
  • 2013 "Best Places to Work in Connecticut" finalist
  • 2012 "Developer of the Year" award from the Town of Berlin Economic Development Commission
  • 2012 CIL Hartford Preservation Alliance award for adaptive re-use of the Rudder building
  • 2011 Community Development Award from the Christian Activities Council
  • CIL incorporated in February, 1979.
  • Founding nonprofit organizations: Connecticut Association for Retarded Citizens, Easter Seals Society of Connecticut, Connecticut Coordinating Committee of the Handicapped, Connecticut State Society for Autistic Children, Oak Hill School for the Blind, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Connecticut.
  • Organizational start up funding provided by the CT Developmental Disabilities Council and Heraldo Rivera's One-to-One Foundation.
  • Group home zoning override statute (CGS Section 8-3e) passed by legislature (PA 79-353) that requires homes licensed by the State Department of Mental Retardation housing six unrelated individuals be treated as single family homes for zoning purposes.
  • Legislature also awards CIL its first $75,000 operating grant.
  • Martin Legault hired as the Executive Director on September 10, 1979. (employee #1)
  • Office located at 179 Allyn Street.
  • CIL relocates to 630 Oakwood Avenue, West Hartford.
  • Housing for 128 persons with disabilities is under development using HUD 202 funds.
  • A newsletter, The Housing Line, is established.
  • CIL develops the Dorothy Street Project for the Greater Hartford Housing Consortium.
  • Work on the HUD 202 projects continues.
  • CIL is funded by the Office of Human Development Services of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services for its De-institutionalization Project.
  • CIL considers becoming a developer as well as development consultant.
  • Private syndication is first developed as an alternative to public financing sources.
  • Syndication general partner, CIL Realty Associates, is formed.
  • Several group home projects are financed through limited partnerships.
  • Loans for Accessibility program is proposed to, and funded by, the State Department of Housing.
  • Total of 140 group homes developed for 528 persons in homes and apartments.
  • CIL mission expands to include development of affordable housing.
  • CIL offices relocate to 30 Jordan Lane, Wethersfield.
  • Exploration of tax-exempt financing begins.
  • Realty partnerships refinanced with tax-exempt bonds. ($52,000,000 1987 Series Bonds)
  • Additional group home development financed with tax-exempt bonds. ($24,500,000 1988 Series Bonds).
  • State of Illinois hires CIL as consultant to provide options for community housing in Illinois.
  • First two bond issues refinanced along with additional group homes and a working capital loan fund for provider agencies. ($110,000,000 1990 Series Bonds)
  • CIL group homes expand to 104 of Connecticut's 169 towns and municipalities.
  • CIL begins operations in Massachusetts.
  • Provides housing that enables the closing of Belchertown State School, an institution that housed people with mental retardation.
  • CIL develops final phase of homes required to enable the closing of Mansfield Training School.
  • CIL develops multifamily affordable housing project financed with Low Income Housing Tax Credits (Eno Farm Cooperative Housing, Simsbury).
  • CIL issues additional tax-exempt bonds for group homes in Connecticut ($17,530,000) and Massachusetts ($5,400,000)
  • CIL increases its assistance to other nonprofit housing development corporations, including bail-out completion of stalled projects started by others.
  • CIL publishes its web site:
  • CIL develops group homes in Southeastern Massachusetts.
  • Construction begins on first-joint venture, multifamily-housing development in Hartford (Wyllys/Lisbon Cooperative Housing).
  • First-time homebuyer program begins.
  • Home modification program for older homeowners begins.
  • CIL becomes fiduciary and development partner for the Mortson/Putnam Heights neighborhood rebuilding project.
  • CIL issues two 1999 Series Bonds. ($7,690,000 in CT and $7,010,000 in MA)
  • CIL wins “Best Practices” award given by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Annual revenues reach $10,000,000 mark.
  • The CIL Construction Services department completes the 25th home for sale to first-time home-buyers.
  • CIL secures a parcel of land in Danbury for the building of the 70 unit Stetson Place mixed-income condominium project.
  • CIL establishes a clearinghouse to foster collaboration between business firms and nonprofit housing developers for the sale of state housing tax credits.
  • CIL creates CIL Development, Inc. as a for-profit subsidiary for the purpose of developing market rate housing. The proceeds from this activity support CIL's nonprofit mission.
  • CIL receives funding from the Hartford Foundation to launch AccesSolutions, a program that provides ramps and other accessibility modifications to financially eligible people with disabilities.
  • Construction begins on First Town Square, a 50 unit, market-rate condominium factory conversion project in Windsor, CT.
  • CIL issues additional tax exempt bonds in MA. ($20,440,000 2007 Series Bonds)
  • CIL creates CIL Community Resources Inc. for the purpose of developing non-residential projects for other non-profit organizations.
  • Construction begins on Kenyon Falls, a 46-unit, market-rate planned unit development in Coventry, CT involving the adaptive reuse of an historic mill.
  • CIL issues first CHFA tax exempt bonds. ($16,700,000 2008 Series Bonds)
  • Construction begins on The Lofts at Sherwood Falls, an 86-unit, market-rate condominium complex involving the adaptive reuse of an historic factory in Kensington, CT.
  • CIL is selected by the cities of Hartford, Meriden and New Haven as a nonprofit developer eligible to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).
  • CIL issues additional tax exempt bonds in MA. ($14,965,000 2009 Series Bonds)
  • CIL donates 21 group homes to service providers as a result of the early pre-payment of related 1999 Series tax-exempt bond issues.
  • CIL issues additional tax-exempt bonds in CT. ($14,400,000 2010 Series Bonds)
  • CIL donates 276 group homes to service providers as a result of the early pre-payment of related 1990 and 1993 Series tax-exempt bond issues.
  • CIL issues its first bonds for CIL Community Resources through the Connecticut Health and Education Facilities Authority. ($12,020,000 Series A Bonds)
  • CIL issues additional tax exempt bonds in MA. ($12,110,000 2011 Series Bonds)
  • The Town of Berlin designates CIL as the “Developer of the Year” award recipient for its reclamation of the abandoned factory to create The Lofts at Sherwood Falls.
  • CIL receives an award from the Hartford Preservation Alliance for its adaptive re-use of the Rudder factory building in Hartford.
  • CIL named among best places to work in Connecticut by the Hartford Business Journal.
  • CIL issues additional tax-exempt bonds in MA. ($20,730,000 2013 Series Bonds)
  • CIL acquires CT Non Profit Center property.
  • CIL Development of Kensington Inc. receives $1.2 million check from CL&P - final installment on $2.7 million Historic Tax Credit investment in The Lofts at Sherwood Falls.