OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 7247

AN ACT DESIGNATING CONNECTICUT COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES AS THE STATE'S COORDINATING AGENCIES TO REDUCE CHILD POVERTY.

SUMMARY:

This bill makes the state's 11 community action agencies (CAA) the coordinators of local efforts to reduce child poverty. It appoints the president of the Connecticut Association for Community Action, Inc. Agencies to the state's Child Poverty and Prevention Council. By law, the council coordinates these efforts on a statewide basis to further the statutory goal of reducing child poverty by 50% by June 30, 2014.

The bill also requires a CAA-designated representative to report community child poverty reduction efforts to the council annually. The first report is due July 1, 2008.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2007

BACKGROUND

Community Action Agencies

Community action agencies are a network of federally-designated public or private nonprofit anti-poverty agencies (CGS 17b-885). Eleven CAAs provide services to people living in all regions of the state including programs for:

1. employment and job training,

2. financial literacy and money management,

3. early childhood education and youth development,

4. housing and shelter, and

5. energy assistance.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Select Committee on Children

Joint Favorable Substitute Change of Reference

Yea

6

Nay

3

(03/06/2007)

Human Services Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

19

Nay

0

(03/22/2007)