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Advocacy

The Partnership for Strong Communities engages civic and political support to solve homelessness, expand housing opportunity, and develop strong, vibrant communities in the state of Connecticut.

This page contains information on the Partnership's current advocacy efforts, as well as resources for Connecticut housing advocates.

Legislative Priorities

Click here for 2022 legislative priorities for the Reaching Home and HOMEConnecticut campaigns.

On April 11, 2022--PSC's HomeConnecticut Campaign submitted a letter to Governor Lamont and Leaders of the CT General Assembly requesting an extension of Executive Order 12D(4) in the face of increasing evictions.

 As you may know, PSC works to prevent and end homelessness, expand affordable housing, and build strong communities in CT. We staff and manage two statewide campaigns, the Reaching Home Campaign and the HOMEConnecticut campaign. This letter was developed with input from the HOMEConnecticut Campaign Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee represents a cross-section of advocates, business leaders, lenders, planners, and builders. 

 

Current Action Alerts

 

Click here for an archive of previous alerts from the 2021 legislative session.

 

Advocacy Resources

Budget for Fiscal Year 2023: Housing and Homelessness Resources

Budget for Fiscal Year 2023 Expands and Preserves Resources for Critical Homeless and Affordable Housing Programs  

 
On the week of May 6, 2022-- the Connecticut legislature passed H.B. 5506An Act Adjusting the State Budget for the Biennium Ending June 30th, 2023, detailing appropriations, bonding and revenue. The budget bill proposes $24.2 billion in spending in FY23, representing a growth rate of 6.4% over FY22. Expenditures are under the spending cap by $200,000 in FY 22 and $8.6 million in FY 23. The budget includes $1.8 billion in new allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) for a number of grant programs and new initiatives. It also provides over $600 million in tax cuts and other relief.  

This budget provides over $200 million in new funding for affordable housing development, critical support to the Department of Housing, Coordinated Access Networks (CANs), and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for supportive housing services, and frontline cost of living adjustments (COLA) for private nonprofit providers.  

Read more here.

 

What is the Affordable Housing Appeals Procedure? (Section 8-30g)

Enacted in 1990, the Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Act (8-30G) allows housing developers willing to build housing with long-term affordability to low- and moderate-income households to challenge a town's failure to approve the proposal even when they do not meet a town's zoning regulation. 

At least 30% of units in these developments must be priced so that low income earners wont be spending more than 30% of their income on housing costs. 

8-30G has helped spur the creation of thousands of affordable housing units since its inception but still faces many baseless and false critiques which PSC has clarified in: Understanding Section 8-30g Common Myths

Towns with high levels of Affordable Housing can apply for a 4-Year Moratorium. The moratorium process allows municipalities to demonstrate that they have made progress in creating homes that are guaranteed to remain affordable. 

Click on Understanding Section 8-30g: Moratorium to learn more. 

A memo from the law firm Hinckley Allen estimates that since the enactment of 8-30g in 1990, about 8,500 income restricted units have created directly through 8-30g, about 18,000 market-rate unit as part of 8-30g developments, and many other units approved voluntarily because of the existence of 8-30g.

Click here to read more on the memo. 

2022 Legislative Session: Navigating Virtual Committee Meetings and Public Hearings

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, the Capitol Complex is currently closed to the public. However, the public may still participate in committee meetings and public hearings virtually. The Partnership has prepared a guide for navigating virtual committee meetings and public hearings during the 2022 Connecticut legislative session.

COVID-19 and Connecticut's Homeless Response System

The Partnership for Strong Communities has released a fact sheet detailing how Connecticut's homelessness system responded to COVID-19, and how that response has successfully limited transmission of COVID-19 to people experiencing homelessness in the state.

 

Previous Alerts

A list of PSC's action alerts from the 2021 session can be found here.

An archive of the Partnership's action alerts from the 2020 session can be found here.