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Gov. Malloy Continues Commitment to Affordable, Safe Housing For All

 

Within the fiscal constraints of his new 2016-17 biennial budget, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy has continued support for programs aimed at ending homelessness and providing affordable, safe housing choices for every resident of Connecticut.

The Governor is committed to meeting the goals of Zero: 2016 and his proposals seek to continue the momentum he has sparked for ending Veterans’ homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. To help meet these goals, Gov. Malloy proposes additional resources for scattered site supportive housing along with an expanded effort, through rapid re-housing programs, to make new episodes of homelessness for individuals and families brief, rare and non-recurring.

“We recognize this is a terribly difficult budget, but we deeply appreciate Gov. Malloy’s continuing commitment to the fundamental idea that everyone needs a safe, affordable home,” said Alicia Woodsby, executive director of the Partnership for Strong Communities. “The Governor understands the value to communities and the economy of supporting new affordable housing and ending homelessness. Without a home, finding a good job, getting an education, raising a family and accessing opportunity are much harder, if not impossible, to achieve.”

Specifically, Gov. Malloy proposes:

  • $405 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.
  • $1 million in fiscal 2016 and $2 million in fiscal 2017 for DMHAS services and another $1 million in 2016 and $2 million in 2017 for DOH 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.
  • $1 million in each year for wraparound services for individuals who are chronically homeless as part of the Governor’s Zero: 2016 initiative.
  • Maintaining the Homeless Youth Program.
  • $8 million in bonding 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.

The budget proposal would also:

  • Temporarily end $40 million in funding for the Community Investment Act over the Jan. 2016 through July 2017 period. CIA has funded housing and homelessness programs including Housing Connections, which provides technical assistance to residents seeking to build affordable housing in a range of municipalities.
  • End $1.8 million in funding for the public housing payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) and $1.4 million for the non-profit housing tax abatement program, which have been used to subsidize rents for low-income public housing residents.

 

 
 

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