Housing Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-752

Title:

AN ACT REQUIRING A STUDY OF CONNECTICUT'S HOUSING INVENTORY AND CURRENT AND FUTURE HOUSING NEEDS.

Vote Date:

3/7/2017

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable Substitute

PH Date:

2/28/2017

File No.:

147

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Sen. Gary Winfield, 10th Dist.

Rep. Jason Rojas, 9th Dist.

Rep. Steven Stafstrom, 129th Dist.

REASONS FOR BILL:

In many instances the State of Connecticut is segregated, particularly in the areas of income and housing.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Evonne Klein, Commissioner, Department of Housing; opposes the bill by citing concerns over staffing and costs that are not appropriated to the department in the Governor's budget. They stress that it is important to combat housing segregation as the bill entails, however staffing and overall costs of studies and data are of great concern.

Cheryl Sharp, Deputy Director, Connecticut Human Rights and Opportunities; supports the bill by stating that Connecticut is one of the most unequal states in the nation in terms of income, as well as a state with one of the largest percentage of segregation, particularly housing segregation, in the nation and they believe this bill will be essential in combatting these issues. They also support this bill in terms of penalizing action by any agency funding to housing that does not promote fair housing as well as proper racial and economic intergration.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

The following submitted testimony in support of the bill, citing reasons such as increasing availability to affordable housing in other towns by combatting racial segregation, which has existed for decade anti-segregation laws being put in place, and incorporating more economic integration by developing more solutions to increase low and moderate income housing.

Bildade Augustin, Resident, Wethersfield CT

Monica Belyea, Program Planner, Opportunity Knocks

Erin Boggs, Executive Director, Open Communities Alliance

Jack Dougherty, Professor, Trinity College

Izzi Greenburg, Director, Middlesex Coalition for Children

Kristal Kallenberg, Resident, West Hartford CT

Makaela Kingsley, Resident, Hamden CT

Greg Kirschner, Legal Director, CT Fair Housing Center

Rachel Leventhal-Weiner, Resident, West Hartford CT

Estela Lopez, CT resident

Kim McLaughlin, Resident, Bridgeport CT

Clair Murdoch, Resident, Guilford CT

Mag Morelli, President, LeadingAge CT

John Pawelek, Resident, Glastonbury CT

Raphael Podolsky, Public Policy Advocate, Connecticut Legal Services

Ann Pratt, Director, Organizing for Connecticut Citizen Action Group

Danaisha Ross, Resident, Hartford CT

Constance Royster, Member, Open Communities Alliance

Amber Townsend, Student, Trinity College

Denise Weeks, Resident, Glastonbury CT

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

There was no other testimony submitted in opposition to this bill.

Reported by: Joe Garabedian

Date: 3/23/2017