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Substitute House Bill No. 6487

Public Act No. 03-25


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

Section 1. Section 17b-804 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(a) The Commissioner of Social Services shall establish and administer a rent bank program of [loans and] grants to ensure housing for families whose income does not exceed sixty per cent of the median income in the state, including those receiving temporary family assistance, who are either at risk of becoming homeless or in imminent danger of eviction or foreclosure.

(b) To be eligible for assistance under this section, a family shall (1) document, as appropriate, loss of income or increase in expenses including, but not limited to, loss of employment, medical disability or emergency, loss or delay in receipt of other benefits, natural or man-made disaster, substantial and permanent change in household composition and any other condition which the commissioner determines constitutes a severe hardship and is not likely to recur and (2) participate in the assessment and mediation program established under section 17b-805.

[(c) The commissioner may establish repayment terms for financial assistance under this section upon determination that the recipient can reasonably be expected to repay all or part of such assistance, except that families receiving financial assistance under the state supplement program, aid to families with dependent children program, temporary family assistance program or state-administered general assistance shall not be required to repay financial assistance made under this section. ]

[(d)] (c) No family shall receive financial assistance under this section in excess of one thousand two hundred dollars during any eighteen consecutive months.

[(e)] (d) The commissioner may adopt regulations in accordance with chapter 54 to determine eligibility [and repayment] standards for [any loans and] grants under this section and to carry out the purposes of this section.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 17b-805 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective October 1, 2003):

(c) No family shall be eligible for [loans and] grants under the rent bank program established under section 17b-804 without prior referral to the assessment and mediation program.

Approved May 12, 2003