Legislative Priorities

 

The Partnership for Strong Communities strongly supports the significant investments in affordable housing and supportive housing included by Governor Malloy in his budget for FY2015.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s FY 2015 budget, contained funding for multiple housing initiatives, continuing his commitment to providing the state’s residents with safe, secure and affordable housing opportunities. Housing-related items in the budget include:

  • 110 additional units of scattered site supportive housing that includes housing subsidies and service dollars in the proposed budget ($2.2 million)
  • An additional $650,000 in rapid re-housing resources from current year appropriations
  • An additional $1 million for Rental Assistance from current year appropriations, which could support an additional 100+ units of deeply affordable housing
  • Two new positions in the Department of Housing to provide technical assistance to housing authorities
  • Tax relief for Elderly Renters Program, which includes $6.5 million to reopen intake
  • A Capital Budget request of $7 million, which will support transit oriented development including a commitment to mixed income housing at station stops

The budget also includes a commitment to end chronic homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, which includes in the proposed budget:

  • A veterans’ Opportunity program including a statewide coordinator to manage the complex network of employment services for veterans, and  $600,000 for grants to area housing agencies for employment specialists to work with veterans
  • $500,000 to begin work on additional housing for veterans on the campus of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs in Rocky Hill
  • A priority to veterans for security deposit guarantees and $50,000 to increase availability of security deposit assistance for homeless veterans
  • $289,109 for supportive services at Victory Gardens in Newington, which targets homeless veterans in need of supportive housing

“Gov. Malloy never forgets the importance of a safe, secure, affordable home or the people who need them,” said Howard Rifkin, Partnership’s former executive director. “Immediately after he took office, he made the largest housing investment in decades, and he has built on that foundation every year since.”

Since entering office in 2011, Gov. Malloy has committed more money to housing than did administrations in the preceding 20 years, with a total of  $621.5 million in housing program capital commitments. For FY15, as in FY14, the Governor has committed $30 million to the Housing Trust Fund along with another $68 million in Housing Development and Rehabilitation Programs, including $30 million for public housing revitalization.

Click here to read the Governor's Housing Initiatives from the budget.