While the last five weeks of the legislative session are likely to include a range of modifications to the Appropriations Committee budget approved Thursday, the committee blueprint adopted many of Gov. Malloy’s housing proposals, but rejected several others. The Committee, along party lines, voted in support of a budget bill that delays Governor Malloy’s proposed consolidation of housing policy functions from the Departments of Social Services, Children and Families and other agencies into the Department of Economic and Community Development. The bill requires DECD to submit a plan for the establishment of the Office of Housing by January 1, 2013 and would transfer the housing programs in 2014. The Appropriations Budget Bill also deletes funding for a fiscal officer and a deputy DECD commissioner overseeing housing in 2013.
At the same time, the committee supported many proposals by the governor, including:
- 300 new Rental Assistance Payment certificates, half for general use by low-income residents in need of affordable housing and half for residents of scattered-site supportive housing. Funding for those RAPs would be delayed until April 2013 from the originally proposed January 2013.
- A transfer of $1.2 million in supportive housing service funds to the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services from the DSS budget.
- A $500,000 reduction in funding for regional planning organizations.
- DSS information technology system modernization funding of $20.7 million.
- A delay in the implementation of the HIV/AIDS waiver until Fiscal 2014.
- $3.7 million for Money Follows The Person, which allows people to move out of expensive high-intensity care into a community setting.
- $460,000 from DSS/Housing-Homeless Services line item for upgrades to the Homeless Management Information System.
In addition, the committee proposed a $1.9 million transit improvement program that would include funding for transit-oriented development planning.
The full text of the budget bill mentioned above is available here.