The 2018 legislative session wrapped up last night having completed its work, and modifying, in a bipartisan effort, the second year of the biennial budget which begins on July 1. The budget passed the Senate unanimously 36/0. It passed the House on a vote of 142/8.
The bill now goes to Governor Malloy for his approval. This revised budget closely mirrors what Governor Malloy proposed last February and recognizes the successful system that we have built that is ending homelessness in Connecticut.
“The General Assembly has passed a budget that continues Connecticut’s commitment to protect those who need a safe, secure, affordable home. We recognize the difficult budgetary choices the Legislature and the Governor must continue to make, and we are grateful for their continued commitment to housing those most in need” said Alicia Woodsby, Executive Director of Partnership for Strong Communities.
Specifically, this budget:
Housing Supports and Services at $22.8 Million.
Through Housing Supports and Services, DMHAS funds wrap-around services for supportive housing.
Housing and Homeless Services at $77.7 Million.
This budget line provides funding for frontline homeless services, outreach, emergency shelters, and the Rental Assistance Program (RAP).
This budget line includes:
- $600,000 to fund security deposits and first month rent to those evacuees impacted by Hurricane Maria
- $150,000 grant to the New London Homeless Hospitality Center
- $90,000 grant to Noble House in Bridgeport
Preserves DOH Homeless Youth at $2.3 Million.
This line-item funds youth outreach services, crisis housing for youth, and other housing support.
Preserves Community Investment Account (CIA) funding for DOH.
DOH’s allocation provides critical financial resources to supplement new or existing affordable housing programs. The budget adopted last October diverts $5 Million in each year of the biennium from CIA to the General Fund.
Continues to make additional capital investments in the Department of Housing.
DOH/Flex - $100 Million
DOH/Housing Trust Fund - $30 Million
DOH/Homeless Prevention and Response Fund maintains a $12.1 Million balance
DOH/Flex - $125 Million, includes $30 M for the State Housing Portfolio; and $12 M to capitalize CHFA’s Down Payment Assistance Program.
In addition, HB 5169 An Act Implementing the Recommendations of the Office of Early Childhood passed both houses and has been sent to the Governor for his approval. This bill will allow childcare entities to provide services to homeless children and youth for up to 90 days without meeting physical examination and immunization requirements.
We thank Governor Malloy, his administration, and all members of the General Assembly for their continued support of housing resources and capital investments.
Please take a minute to contact the Governor and your legislators to thank them for their support.
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