CHAPTER 133
HOUSING, REDEVELOPMENT AND URBAN RENEWAL
AND HUMAN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

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Sec. 8-206d. Emergency fuel assistance program for group homes, halfway houses, housing authorities and municipalities. Regulations.
Sec. 8-206e. Housing assistance and counseling demonstration program. Assisted living demonstration program in HUD Section 202 and Section 236 elderly housing developments. Regulations.
Sec. 8-219b. Financial assistance to elderly homeowners for emergency repairs or rehabilitation.

      Sec. 8-206d. Emergency fuel assistance program for group homes, halfway houses, housing authorities and municipalities. Regulations. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall administer an emergency fuel assistance program to provide: (1) Emergency fuel assistance on behalf of private, nonprofit group homes and halfway houses receiving state aid and licensed by or under contract with the Department of Public Health, the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department of Correction or the Department of Developmental Services, provided no group home or halfway house shall receive emergency fuel assistance in excess of one thousand dollars unless the commissioner finds additional assistance is necessary to protect the health and safety of the residents of such group home or halfway house; (2) grants to municipalities for emergency fuel assistance to receivers of rents appointed pursuant to section 47a-56a, to prevent and respond to abandonment by landlords of tenant-occupied dwelling units, provided no municipality shall receive an amount in excess of one thousand five hundred dollars for each receivership established within such municipality unless the commissioner finds additional assistance is necessary to protect the health and safety of the residents of such dwelling units; and (3) emergency fuel assistance to housing authorities for state-financed housing projects, for fuel costs incurred after October 1, 1979. The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, establishing eligibility criteria for the distribution of state funds appropriated to the Department of Economic and Community Development for such program. The commissioner may, in his discretion and based on his determination of need, allocate any funds appropriated for the purposes of this section among group homes and halfway houses, municipalities and housing authorities.

      (Oct. Sp. Sess. P.A. 79-2, S. 1, 3; P.A. 80-92; 80-369, S. 1, 3; P.A. 93-91, S. 1, 2; 93-381, S. 12, 39; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; 95-257, S. 11, 12, 21, 58; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 07-73, S. 2(a).)

      History: P.A. 80-92 substituted alcohol and drug abuse commission for alcohol and drug abuse council; P.A. 80-369 deleted formula for allocating emergency fuel assistance and added provision for allocating funds at commissioner's discretion; P.A. 93-91 substituted commissioner and department of children and families for commissioner and department of children and youth services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-381 replaced commissioner and department of health services and executive director and Connecticut alcohol and drug abuse commission with commissioner and department of public health and addiction services and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Housing with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 95-257 replaced Commissioner and Department of Public Health and Addiction Services with Commissioner and Department of Public Health and replaced Commissioner and Department of Mental Health with Commissioner and Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, effective July 1, 1995; pursuant to P.A. 07-73 "Department of Mental Retardation" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Department of Developmental Services", effective October 1, 2007.

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      Sec. 8-206e. Housing assistance and counseling demonstration program. Assisted living demonstration program in HUD Section 202 and Section 236 elderly housing developments. Regulations. (a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall, within available appropriations, establish a demonstration housing assistance and counseling program to offer advice on matters concerning landlord and tenant relations and the financing of owner-occupied and rental housing purchases, improvements and renovations. The program shall provide: (1) Educational services designed to inform landlords and tenants of their respective rights and responsibilities; (2) dispute mediation services for landlords and tenants; (3) information on securing housing-related financing, including mortgage loans, home improvement loans, energy assistance and weatherization assistance; and (4) such other housing-related counseling and assistance as the commissioner shall provide by regulations.

      (b) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may, within available appropriations, enter into a contract or contracts to provide financial assistance in the form of grants-in-aid to nonprofit corporations, as defined in section 8-39, to carry out the purposes of subsection (a) of this section.

      (c) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the purposes of subsections (a) and (b) of this section.

      (d) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall establish a demonstration program in up to four United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 202 or Section 236 elderly housing developments to provide assisted living services.

      (e) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall establish criteria for making disbursements under the provisions of subsection (d) of this section which shall include, but are not limited to: (1) Size of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 202 and Section 236 elderly housing developments; (2) geographic locations in which the developments are located; (3) anticipated social and health value to the resident population; (4) each Section 202 and Section 236 housing development's designation as a managed residential community, as defined in section 19a-693; and (5) the potential community development benefit to the relevant municipality. Such criteria may specify who may apply for grants, the geographic locations determined to be eligible for grants, and the eligible costs for which a grant may be made. For the purposes of the demonstration program, multiple properties with overlapping board membership or ownership may be considered a single applicant.

      (f) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of subsections (d) and (e) of this section.

      (P.A. 87-406, S. 1, 5; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 99-279, S. 33, 45; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2, S. 9, 53; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2, S. 36, 69; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9, S. 129, 131; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2, S. 39.)

      History: P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Housing with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 99-279 amended Subsec. (a) to require the establishment of the program "within available appropriations" and amended Subsec. (b) to authorize the entering into of contracts to provide financial assistance in the form of grants-in-aid to nonprofit corporations "within available appropriations", effective July 1, 1999; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 00-2 amended Subsec. (c) to add reference to subsections (a) and (b) of this section, eliminated obsolete provisions in former Subsec. (d) requiring submission of report re evaluation of operation and effectiveness of demonstration program, substituted provisions in Subsec. (d) requiring establishment of an assisted living demonstration program in U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Section 202 and Section 236, elderly housing developments, added Subsec. (e) requiring commissioner to establish criteria for making disbursements under the provisions of Subsec. (d), and added Subsec. (f) authorizing commissioner to adopt regulations to implement provisions of Subsecs. (d) and (e); June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 amended Subsec. (d) to require commissioner to establish assisted living demonstration programs in up to four, in lieu of two, Section 202 or Section 236 elderly housing developments, deleting phrase "for persons who are residents of the state", and amended Subsec. (e) to make a technical change and to provide for purposes of the demonstration program, multiple properties with overlapping board membership or ownership may be considered a single applicant, effective July 1, 2001; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-9 revised effective date of June Sp. Sess. P.A. 01-2 but without affecting this section; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-2 amended Subsec. (e)(4) by replacing "section 19-13-D105 of the regulations of Connecticut state agencies" with "section 19a-693".

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      Sec. 8-219b. Financial assistance to elderly homeowners for emergency repairs or rehabilitation. (a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, acting on behalf of the state, may, in his discretion, enter into a contract with any person who is sixty-two years of age or older and whose income does not exceed the maximum qualifying income for eligibility for benefits under the program of tax relief for certain elderly homeowners under section 12-170aa, to provide, based on the financial needs of such person, a grant-in-aid, loan or deferred loan to enable such person to finance emergency repairs to or rehabilitation of a dwelling containing up to two residential units, provided such person shall be the owner of such dwelling and shall reside in at least one of such units. In the case of a deferred loan, the contract shall require that payments on interest are due immediately but that payments on principal may be made at a later time.

      (b) Such grant-in-aid, loan or deferred loan shall not exceed the principal amount of ten thousand dollars, including such appraisals, inspections, closing costs and other fees, and, in the case of grants-in-aid, loans or deferred loans financed from the proceeds of the state's general obligation bonds issued pursuant to any authorization, allocation, or approval of the State Bond Commission made prior to July 1, 1990, initial service charges as the commissioner may by regulation approve. Any grant-in-aid, loan or deferred loan contracted for pursuant to sections 8-219a to 8-219c, inclusive, shall only be used for repairs or rehabilitation necessary to permit the continued use of such dwelling for residential purposes.

      (c) Any loan or deferred loan contracted for pursuant to sections 8-219a to 8-219c, inclusive, shall be secured by a mortgage on the dwelling for which such loan or deferred loan was made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section. If the recipient of such loan or deferred loan assigns, transfers or otherwise conveys his or her interest in such dwelling, ceases to occupy such dwelling or uses all or any part of the proceeds of such loan or deferred loan for any purpose other than the emergency repair or rehabilitation of such dwelling, the unpaid principal balance of such mortgage, together with interest thereon, shall, at the option of the commissioner, become due and payable. If the recipient of any loan or deferred loan is unable to repay the loan or deferred loan, the commissioner, at the commissioner's discretion, may adjust the interest rate, terms and conditions of the loan or deferred loan to facilitate repayments.

      (d) Repayment of any loan or deferred loan provided in accordance with sections 8-219a to 8-219c, inclusive, shall be subject to such interest rate, terms and conditions as the commissioner may establish. In no case shall the interest rate exceed one per cent above the rate of interest borne by the bonds of the state last issued prior to the date of issue of such loan or deferred loan. In no case shall the term of such loan or deferred loan exceed thirty years. Payments by recipients of any such loan or deferred loan shall be paid to the State Treasurer and deposited in the General Fund of the state.

      (e) In the case of any grant-in-aid, loan or deferred loan made pursuant to sections 8-219a to 8-219c, inclusive, the contract for such grant-in-aid, loan or deferred loan shall provide that if the dwelling for which such grant-in-aid, loan or deferred loan was made pursuant to subsection (a) of this section ceases, within ten years of the date of such grant, loan or deferred loan, to be used as a dwelling for the person to whom such grant, loan or deferred loan was made, or if such person assigns, transfers or otherwise conveys such person's interest in such dwelling, an amount equal to the amount of such grant, loan or deferred loan, minus ten per cent for each full year which has elapsed since the date of such grant, loan or deferred loan, shall be repaid to the state and that a lien shall be placed on such dwelling in favor of the state to ensure that such amount will be repaid in the event of such change in occupancy.

      (P.A. 87-494, S. 2, 3, 5; P.A. 90-238, S. 21, 32; P.A. 92-166, S. 17, 31; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 07-217, S. 35.)

      History: P.A. 90-238 revised provisions re initial service charges; P.A. 92-166 amended Subsec. (a) to make deferred loans a form of financial assistance available under the section and further provided that payments on interest are due immediately but that payments on principal may be made at a later time and amended Subsecs. (b) to (e), inclusive, to make technical changes consistent with the changes in Subsec. (a); P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Housing with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 07-217 made technical changes in Subsecs. (c) and (e), effective July 12, 2007.

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