Housing Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6603

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING A STUDY OF CERTAIN TENANTS OF STATE-FUNDED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.

Vote Date:

3/7/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/7/2017

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

The Housing Committee,

Rep. Larry B. Butler, 72nd Dist.,

Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, 105th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

Within elderly public housing, both elderly and non-elderly disabled people are permitted to share a complex. Unfortunately, due to individual lifestyle and economic differences, friction between the two groups has arisen. This bill seeks to conduct a study of elderly and non-elderly disabled populations within three elderly public housing complexes and recommend suggestions to remediate future situations.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Evonne Klein, Commissioner, State of Connecticut Department of Housing; opposes the bill because the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority recently hired staff with the intent to address this issue, and believes the bill will result in a fiscal impact on the Department which they cannot afford due to no anticipation of additional funding.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Steven Hernandez, Executive Director, Commission on Women, Children and Seniors; supports the bill and asks that it provides additional support to Resident Service Coordinators; enhance data collection and analysis; and promote quality, affordable housing.

Daniela Giordano, Public Policy Director, National Alliance on Mental Illness; supports the bill which requires the Department of Housing to conduct a study of public housing complexes in order to better understand the interactions between elderly people and young people with disabilities living in close proximities.

Greg Kirschner, Legal Director, Connecticut Fair Housing Center; supports the bill and claims that a study may be useful in dispelling harmful assumptions and stereotypes regarding elderly residents and young residents with disabilities living in the same housing complexes.

Raphael Podolsky, Public Policy Advocate, Connecticut Legal Services; supports the bill, stating that it lays the groundwork for better management of housing complexes for seniors and people with disabilities, and fixes issues that need additional support.

Gail Sokolnicki, Resident, Town of Seymour; supports the bill and gave testimony on behalf of her late mother, who had an issue in her housing complex with a non-elderly disabled tenant.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None Stated

Reported by: Joe Garabedian

Date: 3/15/2017