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Substitute Bill No. 156

    February Session, 2016




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 Section 8-37s of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective July 1, 2016):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) In accordance with the federal Fair Housing Act, 42 USC 3601, sections 8-37cc and 8-37ee and the reporting requirements of sections 8-37bb, 8-37ff, 8-37qqq and this section, the commissioner shall, in consultation with other state agencies providing housing, and, where possible, relevant federal agencies, prepare an annual fair housing report including: (1) A comprehensive list of state and federally subsidized project-based housing developments in the state; (2) results of a housing needs assessment by income levels pursuant to subsection (a) of this section; and (3) annual geographical targets based on opportunity areas, as defined in section 8-348, and the annual achievement under those targets. The commissioner shall compile the annual fair housing report based upon the information gathered pursuant to subdivisions (1) to (3), inclusive, of this subsection.

(c) The list of state and federally subsidized project-based housing developments described in subsection (b) of this section shall be divided into two types: (1) Units owned by the state or federal government; and (2) units supported by other subsidy that is attached to the project. For each housing development the list shall include (A) the name of the development, developer and management company; (B) the location by physical address and census tract; (C) the affordability income requirements; (D) the number of units; (E) the number of bedrooms per unit; (F) the population served, including elderly, nonage restricted, disability or supportive; (G) the program through which the development is assisted and amount and type of assistance, including loan, mortgage or rental assistance; (H) the years assistance is received; and (I) the purpose for which the assistance is used, including new construction, substantial rehabilitation or reconstruction.

(d) The annual fair housing report shall include the results of affirmative fair housing marketing required under section 8-37bb and information on current residents opting to participate in data collection required under sections 8-37bb and 8-37qqq. The report shall protect individual privacy and not identify residents by name. Instead it shall use the development's name, physical address and census tract and individualized identification numbers for tenant households. Such report shall include (1) household familial status, specifically number of children and ages; (2) whether any household member has a disability; and (3) for each head of household (A) race, (B) gender, (C) ethnicity, (D) income, and (E) marital status. The report shall measure the progress of the targets in affirmative fair housing market plans received under subsection (b) of section 8-37ee over one, five and ten-year periods.

(e) The commissioner shall submit the fair housing report required under subsection (b) of this section to the General Assembly on or before March thirty-first of each year together with the report required pursuant to section 8-37qqq.

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

Section 1

July 1, 2016



Joint Favorable Subst.