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File No. 261

    February Session, 2016

Substitute Senate Bill No. 157

Senate, March 29, 2016

The Committee on Housing reported through SEN. WINFIELD of the 10th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING ADEQUATE AND SAFE HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY AND YOUNGER PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

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

Section 1. (Effective July 1, 2016) (a) For purposes of this section, "elderly tenants" means tenants sixty-two years of age or older and "younger tenants with disabilities" means tenants who are not yet sixty-two years of age and have been certified by the Social Security Board as being totally disabled under the federal Social Security Act or certified by any other federal board or agency as being totally disabled. The Commissioner of Housing, in consultation with the chairpersons of the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing, shall designate three state-funded housing projects, one in Enfield, one in Hartford and one in New Haven, that provide services to elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities for the purposes of conducting a pilot data collection study.

(b) The Commissioner of Housing, in consultation with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Developmental Services and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, shall conduct a study of the state-funded housing projects in Enfield, Hartford and New Haven, as designated in subsection (a) of this section. The study shall include, but not be limited to, for each designated state-funded housing project: (1) A census of the occupants, including the number of residents who are elderly tenants and the number of tenants who are younger tenants with disabilities; (2) the rents charged to residents who are elderly tenants and the rents charged to residents who are younger tenants with disabilities; (3) the operating costs and the percentage of the operating costs that are covered by rents received from tenants pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection; (4) information about the use of municipal services, including, but not limited to, ambulance, police and fire services for apartments occupied by elderly tenants and for apartments occupied by younger tenants with disabilities; (5) an assessment of support services available to assist elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities and any gaps in such services; (6) recommendations for the provision of additional support services needed for elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities; (7) an estimate of any additional state appropriations needed to implement any recommendations pursuant to subdivision (6) of this subsection; (8) the number of eviction proceedings initiated by the landlord against all tenants for any reason during the last five years; (9) the number of eviction proceedings initiated against elderly tenants for any reason during the last five years; (10) the number of eviction proceedings initiated against younger tenants with disabilities for any reason during the last five years; (11) a summary of the number of evictions initiated against younger tenants with disabilities because of the violation of a lease caused by a negative incident between a younger tenant with disabilities and an elderly tenant during the last five years; (12) a summary of the number of evictions initiated against elderly tenants because of the violation of a lease caused by a negative incident between a younger tenant with disabilities and an elderly tenant during the last five years; and (13) the number of summary process judgments issued by a court during the last five years.

(c) As part of the study described in subsection (b) of this section, the Commissioner of Housing, in consultation with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Developmental Services and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, shall convene meetings of stakeholders to receive information relating to such study and any other information about each state-funded housing project designated in subsection (a) of this section. Such stakeholders shall include, but not be limited to, the property manager of each state-funded housing project designated in subsection (a) of this section, the elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities residing in each such state-funded housing project, tenant advocates, the director of each affected municipality's social service department, or his or her designee, representatives from each affected municipality's first responder services, including police, fire, emergency medical technician personnel and local service providers.

Sec. 2. (Effective July 1, 2016) On or before December 31, 2016, the Commissioner of Housing shall report the findings of the pilot data collection study, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

July 1, 2016

New section

Sec. 2

July 1, 2016

New section

HSG

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.

OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact:

Agency Affected

Fund-Effect

FY 17 $

FY 18 $

Department of Housing

GF - Cost

25,000

None

Note: GF=General Fund

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill results in a one-time cost of up to $25,000 in FY 17 to the Department of Housing (DOH) for conducting a study concerning state-assisted housing for elderly tenants.

It is anticipated that DOH would require a consultant at a cost of up to $25,000 to conduct the study within the timeframe of approximately six months. The bill (1) outlines various components that must be included in the report and (2) requires recommendations in the report related to those components. The Department currently does not track such information and as such would require additional sources to collect the information.

The Out Years

The bill requires DOH to report the results of the study to the committees of cognizance by December 31, 2016. There is therefore no fiscal impact beyond FY 17.

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 157

AN ACT CONCERNING ADEQUATE AND SAFE HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY AND YOUNGER PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES.

SUMMARY:

The Office of Legislative Research does not analyze Special Acts.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Housing Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

11

Nay

0

(03/08/2016)

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