The bonding bill approved by the Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee April 29 and the legislative budget approved by the Appropriations Committee earlier in the week add up to a robust package of support for affordable housing and initiatives to prevent and end homelessness in the FY’16 and FY’17 budget years.
Both packages -- with some differences -- follow very closely on Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s vigorous and multipronged housing budget and would provide funding for several related programs that support public housing and job training for veterans.
“We deeply appreciate the hard work of these committees and their commitment to providing a safe, affordable and secure home for every resident of Connecticut,” said David Fink, policy director for the Partnership for Strong Communities. “We firmly believe housing is the foundation of opportunity and it’s clear to us that the committees and Gov. Malloy agree.”
Housing and homelessness related items from the Appropriations Committee budget include the following:
- $1 million in FY 2016 and $2 million in FY 2017 for support provided by the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services and another $900,000 in 2016 and $1.8 million in 2017 for Department of Housing rental subsidies to support a total of 200 new units of supportive housing related to the Governor’s Second Chance Initiative – the Connecticut Collaborative on Re-Entry (formally known as FUSE) to serve those who frequently cycle through the criminal justice system and homeless shelter services.
- $500,000 in FY 2016 and $1 million in FY 2017 to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for wraparound services for chronically homeless individuals as part of the Governor’s Zero: 2016 initiative.
- Maintain the Homeless Youth Program with $1 million in each year for the Department of Children and Families.
- $1.7 million in funding for the public housing payment-in-lieu-of-taxes.
- $1.3 million for the non-profit housing tax abatement program.
- $541,500 for the Veterans’ Opportunity PILOT, a job training and subsidized employment program for veterans who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness.
The Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee’s bond bill and revenue package include the following housing and homelessness related items:
- $345 million in new bonding over the biennium for affordable housing and programs to end homelessness. This includes $15 million in each year of the biennium for a new homelessness prevention and response capital fund in the Department of Housing.
- $8 million in bonding in FY 2016 for transit-oriented development and pre-development activities in the Office of Policy and Management.
- $5 million in bonding in each year for a Responsible Growth Incentive Fund in OPM.
- An additional $5 million each year in the Department of Labor for the Step-Up Program, a job training and incentive program to assist those who are unemployed.
- $20.3 million in Community Investment Act funding over the biennium. A portion of the funding is used for housing and homelessness programs.
Click here to access the Appropriations Committee budget.