CHAPTER 137e
HOUSING TRUST FUND PROGRAM

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Sec. 8-336m. Definitions.
Sec. 8-336n. Bond issue for Housing Trust Fund program.
Sec. 8-336o. Housing Trust Fund.
Sec. 8-336p. Housing Trust Fund program. Purpose. Financial assistance. Third-party contract administrators. Annual report.

      Sec. 8-336m. Definitions. As used in this chapter the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates a different meaning or intent:

      (1) "Authority" means the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

      (2) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

      (3) "Department" means the Department of Economic and Community Development.

      (4) "Eligible applicant" means: (A) A nonprofit entity; (B) a municipality; (C) a housing authority; (D) a business corporation incorporated pursuant to chapter 601 or any predecessor statutes thereto or authorized to do business pursuant to said chapter 601 having as one of its purposes the construction, financing, acquisition, rehabilitation or operation of affordable housing, and having a certificate or articles of incorporation approved by the commissioner; (E) any partnership, limited partnership, limited liability company, joint venture, sole proprietorship, trust or association having as one of its purposes the construction, financing, acquisition, rehabilitation or operation of affordable housing; (F) the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority; (G) a municipal developer; (H) any community development financial institution; or (I) any combination thereof.

      (5) "Housing", "housing development" or "development" means a work or undertaking having as its primary purpose the provision of safe, well-designed and adequate housing and related facilities for low and moderate income families and persons and includes existing housing for low and moderate income families and persons and housing whose primary purpose is to provide dwelling accommodations for low and moderate income families and persons but has dwelling accommodations for others.

      (6) "Housing Trust Fund" or "fund" means the Housing Trust Fund created under section 8-336o.

      (7) "Housing Trust Fund program" or "program" means the Housing Trust Fund program developed and administered under section 8-336p.

      (8) "Low and moderate income families and persons" means families and persons whose income falls within the income levels set by the commissioner pursuant to regulations adopted under subsection (a) of section 8-336q, except that the commissioner may establish income levels up to and including one hundred twenty per cent of the area median income, as determined by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

      (9) "Municipal developer" means a municipality acting by and through its legislative body, except that in any town in which a town meeting or representative town meeting is the legislative body, "municipal developer" means the board of selectmen if such board is authorized to act as the municipal developer by the town meeting or representative town meeting.

      (10) "Secretary" means the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

      (11) "State Bond Commission" means the commission established under section 3-20.

      (12) "Treasurer" means the State Treasurer and includes each successor in office or authority.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 16; P.A. 11-168, S. 7.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 11-168 replaced "section" with "chapter" re applicability of terms, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 8-336n. Bond issue for Housing Trust Fund program. (a) For the purpose of capitalizing the Housing Trust Fund created by section 8-336o, the State Bond Commission shall have power, in accordance with the provisions of this section, from time to time to authorize the issuance of bonds of the state in one or more series and in principal amounts in the aggregate, not exceeding one hundred sixty million dollars, provided (1) twenty million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2005, (2) twenty million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2006, (3) twenty million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2007, (4) thirty million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2008, (5) twenty million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2009, (6) twenty-five million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2011, and (7) twenty-five million dollars shall be effective July 1, 2012. The proceeds of the sale of bonds pursuant to this section shall be deposited in the Housing Trust Fund.

      (b) All provisions of section 3-20, or the exercise of any right or power granted thereby which are not inconsistent with the provisions of this section, are hereby adopted and shall apply to all bonds authorized by the State Bond Commission pursuant to this section, and temporary notes in anticipation of the money to be derived from the sale of any such bonds so authorized may be issued in accordance with said section 3-20 and from time to time renewed. Such bonds shall mature at such time or times not exceeding twenty years from their respective dates as may be provided in or pursuant to the resolution or resolutions of the State Bond Commission authorizing such bonds. Such bonds shall be general obligations of the state and the full faith and credit of the state of Connecticut are pledged for the payment of the principal of and interest on such bonds as the same become due, and accordingly and as part of the contract of the state with the holders of such bonds, appropriation of all amounts necessary for punctual payment of such principal and interest is hereby made, and the State Treasurer shall pay such principal and interest as the same become due.

      (c) None of the bonds authorized under subsection (a) of this section shall be authorized except upon a finding by the State Bond Commission that there has been filed with it a request for such authorization, which is signed by the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management and stating such terms and conditions as said commission, in its discretion may require.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 17-19; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-7, S. 44; P.A. 11-57, S. 91.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective July 1, 2005; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-7 amended Subsec. (a) by increasing aggregate authorization from $100,000,000 to $110,000,000 and, in Subdiv. (4), increasing authorization effective July 1, 2008, from $20,000,000 to $30,000,000, effective November 2, 2007; P.A. 11-57 amended Subsec. (a) to increase aggregate authorization from $110,000,000 to $160,000,000, of which $25,000,000 is effective July 1, 2011, and $25,000,000 is effective July 1, 2012, effective July 1, 2011.

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      Sec. 8-336o. Housing Trust Fund. (a) There is established the "Housing Trust Fund" which shall be a nonlapsing fund held by the Treasurer separate and apart from all other moneys, funds and accounts. The following funds shall be deposited in the fund: (1) Proceeds of bonds authorized by section 8-336n; (2) all moneys received in return for financial assistance awarded from the Housing Trust Fund pursuant to the Housing Trust Fund program established under section 8-336p; (3) all private contributions received pursuant to section 8-336p; and (4) to the extent not otherwise prohibited by state or federal law, any local, state or federal funds received pursuant to section 8-336p. Investment earnings credited to the assets of said fund shall become part of the assets of said fund. The Treasurer shall invest the moneys held by the Housing Trust Fund subject to use for financial assistance under the Housing Trust Fund program.

      (b) Any moneys held in the Housing Trust Fund may, pending the use or application of the proceeds thereof for an authorized purpose, be (1) invested and reinvested in such obligations, securities and investments as are set forth in subsection (f) of section 3-20, in participation certificates in the Short Term Investment Fund created under sections 3-27a and 3-27f and in participation certificates or securities of the Tax-Exempt Proceeds Fund created under section 3-24a, (2) deposited or redeposited in such bank or banks at the direction of the Treasurer, or (3) invested in participation units in the combined investment funds, as defined in section 3-31b. Unless otherwise provided pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, proceeds from investments authorized by this subsection shall be credited to the Housing Trust Fund.

      (c) The moneys of the Housing Trust Fund shall be used to fund the Housing Trust Fund program established under section 8-336p and are in addition to any other resources available from state, federal or other entities that support the program goals established in said section 8-336p.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 20; P.A. 11-168, S. 8.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 11-168 amended Subsec. (a) by adding Subdiv. (4) re local, state or federal funds received, effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 8-336p. Housing Trust Fund program. Purpose. Financial assistance. Third-party contract administrators. Annual report. (a) There is established the Housing Trust Fund program which shall be developed and administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development. The purpose of the program is to: (1) Encourage the creation of housing for homeownership at a cost that will enable low and moderate income families to afford quality housing while paying no more than thirty per cent of gross household income on housing, (2) promote the rehabilitation, preservation and production of quality, well-designed rental and homeownership housing affordable to low and moderate income families or persons, (3) maximize the leveraging of state and federal funds by encouraging private sector investment in housing developments receiving assistance, (4) encourage housing that maximizes housing choices of residents, (5) enhance economic opportunity for low and moderate income individuals and their families, (6) promote the application of efficient land use that utilizes existing infrastructure and the conservation of open spaces, and (7) encourage the development of housing which aids the revitalization of communities.

      (b) Financial assistance shall be provided under subsection (a) of this section to eligible applicants, as defined in section 8-336m, for development of quality rental housing and homeownership for low and moderate income families or persons. The financial assistance made under the Housing Trust Fund program shall be paid from the Housing Trust Fund established under section 8-336o, and may be in the form of no interest and low interest loans, loan guarantees, revolving loans, grants and appraisal gap financings and other similar financings necessary to make rents or home prices affordable. Financial assistance provided under this section shall supplement (1) existing loan and tax credits programs available under state and federal law, and (2) grants, loans or financial assistance from any nonprofit or for-profit entity.

      (c) The resources of the program shall be made available, at least semiannually, on a competitive basis in accordance with the written program guidelines and criteria adopted pursuant to subsection (a) of section 8-336q.

      (d) (1) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may, with the approval of the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, solicit and accept contributions from private entities, nonprofit and for-profit corporations, philanthropic organizations and financial institutions, to support and expand the resources available through the Housing Trust Fund. All such funds shall be deposited in the Housing Trust Fund.

      (2) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may deposit any local, state or federal funds received by said commissioner into the Housing Trust Fund, provided such funds are received for purposes that do not conflict with the purposes of the Housing Trust Fund program.

      (e) (1) Any contribution to the Housing Trust Fund made pursuant to subsection (d) of this section shall be distributed as designated by its contributor, except that not more than fifty per cent of the contribution may be designated. If no designation is specified, such funds shall be used by the commissioner to further the purposes of sections 8-336m to 8-336q, inclusive.

      (2) In each fiscal year that the Housing Trust Fund has funds available for distribution, the commissioner shall allocate from said fund three hundred thousand dollars for funding matching grants to be dedicated to funding purchases of primary residences pursuant to the provisions of sections 31-51ww to 31-51eee, inclusive.

      (3) Any unexpended or unallocated amounts in the Housing Trust Fund for any fiscal year may be carried over to the succeeding fiscal year and adjustments may be made for short fiscal periods.

      (f) (1) The commissioner may select a third-party contract administrator to establish or maintain a revolving loan fund or to carry out some of the duties of the department under the Housing Trust Fund program. For any contract having a cost of more than fifty thousand dollars, the third-party administrator shall be selected through a competitive process and may be paid from the moneys in the Housing Trust Fund. Such administrator may not spend more than fifteen per cent of the contract cost on administrative expenses.

      (2) Any contract with a third-party contract administrator selected for the purpose of establishing or maintaining a revolving loan fund shall provide that all outstanding loans are assigned to the department when the third-party administrator is (A) no longer establishing or maintaining the revolving loan fund; (B) in default of its obligations to the department; or (C) no longer functioning as an entity.

      (g) The commissioner shall include in the report required pursuant to section 32-1m, an annual report concerning the activities for the prior fiscal year of the Housing Trust Fund and the Housing Trust Fund program and the efforts of the department to obtain private support for the Housing Trust Fund and the Housing Trust Fund program.

      (June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5, S. 21; P.A. 07-171, S. 3; P.A. 11-168, S. 9.)

      History: June Sp. Sess. P.A. 05-5 effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 07-171 amended Subsec. (f) by requiring inclusion of activities in report required pursuant to Sec. 32-1m and making conforming changes; P.A. 11-168 amended Subsec. (b) by adding revolving loans as form of financial assistance, amended Subsec. (d) by designating existing provisions as Subdiv. (1) and adding Subdiv. (2) re deposit of local, state or federal funds, added new Subsec. (f) re third-party contract administrators and redesignated existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g), effective July 13, 2011.

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