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Amendment

 

February Session, 2016

LCO No. 6188

   
 

*SB0015706188SDO*

Offered by:

 

SEN. WINFIELD, 10th Dist.

REP. BUTLER, 72nd Dist.

 

To: Subst. Senate Bill No. 157

File No. 261

Cal. No. 197

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

Strike everything after the enacting clause and substitute the following in lieu thereof:

"Section 1. (Effective March 1, 2017) (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 New Britain, one in Wallingford and one in Wethersfield, 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 New Britain, Wallingford and Wethersfield, 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 March 1, 2017) 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

March 1, 2017

New section

Sec. 2

March 1, 2017

New section