HB 5847

Version: HSG+Joint+Favorable
Author: Housing Committee

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AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING TO IMPROVE CERTAIN STATE-FUNDED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.

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

1Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) For the purposes of this section,

2"elderly tenants" means tenants sixty-two years of age or older and

3"younger tenants with disabilities" means tenants who are not yet

4sixty-two years of age and who have been certified by the Social

5Security Board as being totally disabled under the Social Security Act,

6or certified by any other federal board or agency as being totally

7disabled. The Commissioner of Housing shall establish a pilot program

8to implement the recommendations of the Department of Housing and

9the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, pursuant to special acts 17-19

10and 18-12, to improve certain state-funded housing projects that

11provide services to both elderly tenants and younger tenants with

12disabilities.

13(b) Not later than August 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Housing, in

14consultation with the chairpersons of the joint standing committee of

15the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to

16housing, shall designate three specific buildings within three state-

17funded housing projects that provide services to elderly tenants and

18younger tenants with disabilities to participate in the pilot program.

Substitute Bill No. 5847

21containing not less than forty-one units and not more than eighty

22units; and one large building containing not less than eighty-one and

23not more than two hundred units.

24 (c) Not later than October 1, 2019, each housing authority

25participating in the program shall agree to implement the following

26measures in the building within the authority's housing project that

27was designated under subsection (b) of this section for a period of one

28calendar year:

29(1) A social coordinator shall be on site for at least four hours a day

30for two days per week. The social coordinator shall develop, organize

31and implement social activities for both the population of elderly

32tenants and the population of younger tenants with disabilities, either

33separately or collectively.

34(2) A resident service coordinator shall be on site for at least four

35hours a day for two days per week. In addition to implementing

36existing programs that benefit the population of younger tenants with

37disabilities, the resident service coordinator shall develop an assistance

38component for the elderly tenant population, in order to address the

39needs of both the elderly tenants and the younger tenants with

40disabilities.

41(3) A security officer, if one is not already present, shall be on site

42for at least eight hours per day to assist residents and monitor security.

43(d) The costs for implementing the pilot program shall be shared

44between the Departments of Housing, Mental Health and Addiction

45Services and Social Services. Not later than January 11, 2021, the

46Department of Housing shall submit a report, in accordance with the

47provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing

48committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters

49relating to housing. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, an

50evaluation of the results of the pilot program and any findings and

51recommendations with regard to future implementation of similar

Substitute Bill No. 5847

52 programs in comparable housing projects.

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

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(a) "42 USC 1320d" was removed from accuracy and Section 1(c) was reworded for clarity.

HSG Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO

HB 5847

Version: HSG+Joint+Favorable
Author: Housing Committee

Created by BCL easyConverter SDK 5 (HTML Version)

AN ACT ESTABLISHING A PILOT PROGRAM TO IMPLEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF HOUSING TO IMPROVE CERTAIN STATE-FUNDED PUBLIC HOUSING PROJECTS.

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

1Section 1. (Effective from passage) (a) For the purposes of this section,

2"elderly tenants" means tenants sixty-two years of age or older and

3"younger tenants with disabilities" means tenants who are not yet

4sixty-two years of age and who have been certified by the Social

5Security Board as being totally disabled under the Social Security Act,

6or certified by any other federal board or agency as being totally

7disabled. The Commissioner of Housing shall establish a pilot program

8to implement the recommendations of the Department of Housing and

9the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, pursuant to special acts 17-19

10and 18-12, to improve certain state-funded housing projects that

11provide services to both elderly tenants and younger tenants with

12disabilities.

13(b) Not later than August 1, 2019, the Commissioner of Housing, in

14consultation with the chairpersons of the joint standing committee of

15the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to

16housing, shall designate three specific buildings within three state-

17funded housing projects that provide services to elderly tenants and

18younger tenants with disabilities to participate in the pilot program.

Substitute Bill No. 5847

21containing not less than forty-one units and not more than eighty

22units; and one large building containing not less than eighty-one and

23not more than two hundred units.

24 (c) Not later than October 1, 2019, each housing authority

25participating in the program shall agree to implement the following

26measures in the building within the authority's housing project that

27was designated under subsection (b) of this section for a period of one

28calendar year:

29(1) A social coordinator shall be on site for at least four hours a day

30for two days per week. The social coordinator shall develop, organize

31and implement social activities for both the population of elderly

32tenants and the population of younger tenants with disabilities, either

33separately or collectively.

34(2) A resident service coordinator shall be on site for at least four

35hours a day for two days per week. In addition to implementing

36existing programs that benefit the population of younger tenants with

37disabilities, the resident service coordinator shall develop an assistance

38component for the elderly tenant population, in order to address the

39needs of both the elderly tenants and the younger tenants with

40disabilities.

41(3) A security officer, if one is not already present, shall be on site

42for at least eight hours per day to assist residents and monitor security.

43(d) The costs for implementing the pilot program shall be shared

44between the Departments of Housing, Mental Health and Addiction

45Services and Social Services. Not later than January 11, 2021, the

46Department of Housing shall submit a report, in accordance with the

47provisions of section 11-4a of the general statutes, to the joint standing

48committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters

49relating to housing. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, an

50evaluation of the results of the pilot program and any findings and

51recommendations with regard to future implementation of similar

Substitute Bill No. 5847

52 programs in comparable housing projects.

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

Statement of Legislative Commissioners:

In Section 1(a) "42 USC 1320d" was removed from accuracy and Section 1(c) was reworded for clarity.

HSG Joint Favorable Subst. -LCO