Legislative Priorities

 

Opening Doors-CT Legislative Recommendations

On behalf of the statewide Opening Doors-CT effort, the Partnership for Strong Communities has compiled legislative recommendations for FY 2015-2016. These recommendations are the result of months of discussion, research, and collaboration with community providers and state agencies through the seven Reaching Home Workgroups, Coordinating Committee, and Steering Committee. Recommendations include:

Expand permanent supportive housing to address chronic and youth homelessness

  • 500 new units per year of permanent supportive housing: 250 scattered site and 250 through flexible funding that pairs services and/or rental subsidies with new or existing housing units.
  • 100 new units of permanent supportive housing development to ensure a balanced supply of permanent supportive housing and support a variety of community-based approaches.

Expand rapid re-housing across the state

  • Reaching Home proposes $2 million in FY 2016 and an additional $1 million in FY 2017 for rapid rehousing.

Allocate service dollars for existing recipients of CT’s Integrated Health and Housing Neighborhood pilot project

  • Reaching Home recommends $375,000 annualized in FY 2016 for housing stabilization services for existing CIHHN recipients.

Sustain financial support of the Homeless Youth Program

  • Reaching Home proposes continued funding for the Homeless Youth Program that is currently budgeted at $1 million annually.

Continue development of deeply affordable housing

  • Reaching Home recommends including incentives for deep income-targeting in future state housing development funding rounds, and devoting rental subsidies for housing developers to pair with state capital financing to increase access for very low income households.

More information about advocacy opportunities is forthcoming. Advocacy opportunities include webinars on the budget process and writing testimony, as well as attending lobby days at the legislative office building.

Click here for more detailed information on the legislative recommendations.

 

HOMEConnecticut Legislative Recommendations

Partnership proposes providing increased funding for incentives for the Department of Housing’s Incentive Housing Zone/Housing for Economic Growth Program (also known as the HOMEConnecticut program):

  • $5 million in bonding in FY 2016 for incentives for municipalities to create Incentive Housing Zones (infrastructure, beautification, legitimate capital needs related to project).