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General Assembly Passes FY 2016 Deficit Mitigation Package; Housing/Homelessness Programs Impacted

Connecticut General Assembly

The General Assembly’s deficit mitigation plan is designed to close a $220 million deficit in the current fiscal year and replace the Governor’s recent budget rescissions. The bill passed by wide margins in the House and Senate. Senate Bill (SB) 474, as amended ("An Act Making Adjustments to the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30, 2017"), includes cuts and revenue intercepts that will limit housing and homelessness efforts in Connecticut.

With passage of this legislation, state legislators will turn their attention to addressing the FY2017 budget deficit, currently projected at $900 million. The Partnership will be closely following deliberations and will seek to prevent further reductions in program support critical to efforts to end homelessness and expand housing opportunities in the state.

As amended, SB 474 includes the following reductions:

Department of Housing (DOH)

  • Elderly Rental Registry - $2,068
  • Housing/Homeless Services - $500,000

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

  • Housing Supports - $46,388
  • Grants for Mental Health services - $123,867

Department of Children and Families (DCF)

  • Homeless Youth - $125,785 
  • Supportive Housing - $339,103

Department   of Labor (DOL)

  • Veterans Opportunity pilot - $3,470
  • Second Chance - $71,250
  • 2Gen-TANF - $100,000

As amended, SB 474 includes the following intercepts:

Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA)

  • Transfers $15 million from CHFA's Investment Trust Account (ITA) account to the General Fund.

Community Investment Act (CIA)

  • Intercepts $6 million in Community Investment Act funding and credits such to the General Fund (25% of CIA funds are directed to DOH for affordable housing initiatives, and has funded support for Coordinated Access Networks, rapid re-housing programs, and affordable housing development gap financing).

Click here to find more information on SB 474. 

Click here to access the amended bill.


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