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Substitute House Bill No. 5483

Public Act No. 04-73

AN ACT CONCERNING TRANSITIONARY RENTAL ASSISTANCE.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 17b-811a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2004):

(a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall implement and administer, within available appropriations, a program of transitionary rental assistance for private housing for persons who are employed at the time they [exhaust time-limited benefits under] leave the temporary family assistance program and who: (1) [have] Have income which exceeds the payment standard under said program, or (2) are employed a minimum of twelve hours per week. The commissioner may establish a durational limit for the receipt of such assistance which shall not exceed a period of twelve months.

(b) The Commissioner of Social Services shall establish a simplified eligibility determination and application process for transitionary rental assistance. The program shall be designed to allow the provision of such assistance to commence with the first month in which the applicant is no longer receiving benefits under the temporary family assistance program.

(c) The Commissioner of Social Services shall implement [the] policies and procedures necessary to carry out the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section while in the process of adopting such policies and procedures in regulation form, provided notice of intent to adopt the regulations is published in the Connecticut Law Journal [within] not later than twenty days after implementation. Such policies and procedures shall be valid until the time final regulations are effective.

Approved May 10, 2004