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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 156

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 1397

 

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Referred to Committee on HOUSING

 

Introduced by:

 

(HSG)

 

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

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

Section 1. Section 8-37s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):

(a) The Commissioner of Housing shall monitor the progress of the public and private sector toward meeting housing needs and shall collect and annually publish data on housing production in the state. In order to ensure a steady flow of information for the purposes of this section, all municipalities shall submit to the commissioner a copy of the monthly federal Bureau of the Census report on building permits issued and public construction filed at the same time as such report is filed with the federal Bureau of the Census.

(b) Pursuant to 24 CFR 5.150 to 5.180, inclusive, sections 8-37cc and 8-37ee and the reporting requirements of sections 8-37bb, 8-37ff, 8-37qqq and this section, the commissioner shall promulgate regulations, on or before June 30, 2017, setting forth the procedures the state will follow in: (1) Preparing a comprehensive list of all state and federally subsidized housing in the state; (2) conducting a housing needs assessment by income levels pursuant to subsection (a) of this section; and (3) establishing annual geographical targets that affirmatively further fair housing, measuring the achievement of those targets, and collecting, analyzing, and annually reporting outcomes of such affirmative marketing. (A) The list of subsidized housing shall include for each housing development: (i) The development's name; (ii) location by physical address and census tract; (iii) affordability income requirements; (iv) number of units; (v) number of bedrooms per unit; (vi) population served, specifically elderly, nonage-restricted, disability, or supportive housing; (vii) the program through which the development is funded and the amount of funding provided; (viii) the year of allocation; and (ix) the type of funding, specifically new construction, substantial rehabilitation, loan, purchase or rental assistance. (B) The annual report on outcomes of affirmative marketing shall include information on current residents opting to participate in the necessary survey by development name and identify the development's physical address and census tract using individualized identification numbers, rather than names, in order to protect privacy. Such report shall include: (i) Head of household race; (ii) head of household gender; (iii) ethnicity; (iv) family status, specifically number of children and ages; (v) disability status; (vi) income range; and (vii) marital status. The report shall state targets for affirmative marketing, measure progress for those targets over one, five and ten-year periods and define penalties for failure to comply with affirmative marketing obligations. (C) The interagency council on affordable housing shall, on or before December 31, 2016, prepare and submit to the General Assembly, in accordance with section 11-4a, and the Department of Housing, and post on its Internet web site, a report recommending a procedure for collecting the data the Department of Housing requires to fulfill its obligations to provide an annual comprehensive list of all state and federally subsidized housing in the state under this subsection.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2016

8-37s

Statement of Purpose:

To implement regulations to streamline the data collection obligations of the Department of Housing.

[Proposed deletions are enclosed in brackets. Proposed additions are indicated by underline, except that when the entire text of a bill or resolution or a section of a bill or resolution is new, it is not underlined.]