University Of Hartford to Provide Free Housing for First Responders

April 08, 2020

The University of Hartford will provide free, temporary housing for first responders and other essential employees who play vital roles in the community’s fight against COVID-19.

In partnership with the city of Hartford, UHart will house 200 police officers, firefighters, emergency telecommunicators, and other essential staff. These workers will arrive campus as early as the end of this week. 

"Hartford's first responders are doing extraordinary work on the front lines," said University President Gregory Woodward. "We are committed to supporting them in any way we can, as quickly as we can."

The University recently notified residents of Hawk Hall and Park River that professional movers would be packing and storing their belongings to free up space for these important workers. The residence halls were selected based on health and safety requirements. Their location allows the University to segment campus into different areas, as it remains focused on caring for the students who are unable to return home and for essential employees who come to work each day.

All of the planning is based on advice from medical professionals and other experts. UHart continues to follow guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting these spaces to protect the health and safety of the community.

I am extremely grateful to the many people who are working tirelessly to enable UHart to make this contribution to the health, safety, and wellness of our larger community, and to Mayor Bronin for his leadership as we confront this challenge together. Today, witnessing the many ways our community has come together to support others, I feel especially proud to be a Hawk.

Gregory Woodward, President

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