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General Assembly

 

Raised Bill No. 157

February Session, 2016

 

LCO No. 1065

 

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Referred to Committee on HOUSING

 

Introduced by:

 

(HSG)

 

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. The Commissioner of Housing, in consultation with the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Department on Aging, the Department of Developmental Services, the Department of Rehabilitation Services and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, shall, within available appropriations, conduct a study of public housing in the state that houses both elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities. The study shall include, but not be limited to: (1) Recommendations concerning the feasibility and means of providing comparable housing to tenants who are displaced due to units being reserved in such housing primarily for either the elderly or younger tenants with disabilities, (2) recommendations for the provision of additional support services needed for both elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities, (3) an estimate of any additional state appropriations needed to implement any recommendations pursuant to subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, (4) an assessment of support services available to assist elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities and any gaps in such services, and (5) a summary of the number of negative incidents between elderly tenants and younger tenants with disabilities from calendar years 2011 to 2015, inclusive, and the number of evictions related to such incidents.

(b) On or before December 1, 2016, the Commissioner of Housing shall report, in accordance with the provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, the findings of such study 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

Statement of Purpose:

To ensure adequate and safe state-assisted housing for the elderly and younger persons with disabilities.

[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.]