Connecticut Seal

General Assembly

File No. 382

    February Session, 2018

Substitute House Bill No. 5533

House of Representatives, April 10, 2018

The Committee on Planning and Development reported through REP. LEMAR of the 96th Dist., Chairperson of the Committee on the part of the House, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 8-37t of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

The Commissioner of Housing, in consultation with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, shall prepare the state's consolidated plan for housing and community development in accordance with 24 CFR Part 91, as amended from time to time. The consolidated plan for housing and community development shall set forth the state's housing development and housing resource allocation goals for affirmatively furthering fair housing in accordance with 42 USC 3608(e)(5) and shall report on progress made toward such goals in the previous five years.

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

Section 1

from passage

8-37t

PD

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Explanation

The bill has no fiscal impact because the Commissioner of Housing already includes the components specified in the bill as part of her required reporting to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Out Years

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact: None

Sources:

Department of Housing

OLR Bill Analysis

sHB 5533

AN ACT CONCERNING THE STATE'S CONSOLIDATED PLAN FOR HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

SUMMARY

By law, the commissioner of the Department of Housing, in consultation with the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, must prepare the state's consolidated plan for housing and community development (ConPlan) every five years to receive federal block grants and ensure that state funds are spent as state law requires. This bill requires the commissioner to additionally: (1) specify in the ConPlan the state's goals for developing housing and allocating resources to affirmatively further fair housing in accordance with federal law and (2) report on progress made toward the goals over the previous five years.

Under federal regulations, to “affirmatively further fair housing” means to take meaningful actions that overcome patterns of segregation and foster inclusive communities free from barriers that restrict access to opportunity based on protected characteristics. Protected characteristics are race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, and having a disability or type of disability (24 C.F.R. 5.152).

EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage

BACKGROUND

ConPlan

Generally, the ConPlan includes (1) a housing and homeless needs assessment, (2) a housing market analysis, (3) a strategic plan identifying the state's housing priorities, and (4) an action plan outlining how resources will be used to effectuate the state's housing priorities.

Federal regulations already require the strategic plan to include a summary of federal and state resources the state expects to be available to it and how its proposed distribution of funds will address the needs identified in the ConPlan. Federal regulations also require that the action plan include an evaluation of the state's progress toward its stated goals.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Planning and Development Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

16

Nay

6

(03/26/2018)

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