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Budget Out of Appropriations Committee Is Good For Connecticut

 

The Connecticut General Assembly’s Appropriations Committee showed its commitment to the state’s residents by including all of – and expanding -- Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s housing initiatives supported by the Partnership for Strong Communities.

Alicia Woodsby, Partnership’s interim executive director, said, “This shows a state leadership committed to the betterment of state residents, with an understanding that – as we say here – a safe, affordable home is the foundation of opportunity.”

Those initiatives include:

For the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services:

  • $1.1 million for supportive services for 110 new scattered site supportive housing units, which is part of the Governor’s mental health initiative.
  • Support services for 74 units at a cost of $289,109 for the Victory Gardens supportive housing development in Newington
  • $2 million for the Behavioral Health Collaborative, which replaces lost Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration funding that will serve the greater Bridgeport, Fairfield, New Britain and New Haven communities.

For the Department of Housing:

  • $1.1 million for rental subsidy for 110 new scattered site supportive housing units.
  • $650,000 for the state’s Rapid Re-housing Program
  • $50,000 for a Veterans security deposit guarantee
  • $1 million for an additional 100 rental assistance certificates

For the Department of Labor:

For the Department of Transportation:

  • $470,000 to fund four Transportation-Oriented Development positions.

For the Department of Children and Families:

  • $1 million to reinstate funding for the homeless youth program

 

In addition, the Appropriations Committee addressed the need for adequate funding to sustain the community mental health system by proposing $5.5 million to the Department of Social Services to increase Medicaid rates for adult mental health outpatient services and $10 million to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for grants for substance abuse and mental health services.

 
 

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