Arulampalam at the head of the Hartford Land Bank

Arunan Arulampalam, a resident of Hartford from the South End. (Photo by Christophe Capozziello)

HARTFORD – Arunan Arulampalam is stepping down as deputy commissioner of the State Department of Consumer Protection to join Hartford Land Bank, Inc. as the new managing director, the land bank’s board of directors said on Monday.

Arulampalam, a resident of South Hartford, said he was eager to empower local residents and build wealth in local neighborhoods through the nonprofit’s mission to rehabilitate dilapidated properties.

“In this role, I hope to develop a pipeline of developers of color from Hartford who can acquire capital by working on Land Bank properties, from young people in our town who can learn skills in the construction trades by working on these properties and tenants in our city become owners by purchasing these properties, ”Arulampalam said in a prepared statement. “If we can do this, the Land Bank will create lasting generational impact by creating generational wealth. “

Arulampalam and his wife bought a vacant and dilapidated property on the border of Frog Hollow and Barry Square to raise their family. He said the street had three other owner-occupied homes, adding that Hartford has a 24% homeownership rate, the statement said.

“Every day I see the disparities between homeowners in my neighborhood and those at the mercy of out of town homeowners. I hope the work of the Land Bank can help break this cycle in neighborhoods like mine by giving residents voice and power, ”he said.

Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin said Arulampalam would be an asset to help Hartford Land Bank create homeownership opportunities and encourage investment. “I am delighted that Arunan is running the Land Bank because I know he loves Hartford, believes in this mission and will work tirelessly, skillfully and with an immense sense of urgency to get this job done.” Bronin said in the statement.

In addition to serving on the Board of Trustees of the Hartford Public Library, Arulampalam is a member of the Connecticut Health Foundation Advisory Board, Commissioner of the Hartford Redevelopment Authority, and a member of the Hartford Charter Review Commission.

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