Yesterday, the Appropriations Committee voted on a budget for Fiscal Years 2024 and 2025. A summary of affordable housing related items is below.
Please note that this is PSC’s preliminary review. We will continue to analyze and discuss with partners. If additional relevant information is identified, we will share an update.
“We are disappointed the Appropriations Committee budget does not include increased funding for the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) – the state’s housing voucher program. RAP is a critical resource that has not seen any budget adjustment in nearly a decade. Thousands of Connecticut families are struggling to pay increasing rents or are living in overcrowded housing. Thousands of families are living through the inhuman experience of housing loss and homelessness. Thousands of families who are eligible for RAP are unable to be served because of insufficient program funding.
Solving our state’s affordable housing crisis requires expanding RAP, implementing policies that support the creation and preservation of affordable housing in all communities across the state, and those that support equitable access and protections for renters.” Chelsea Ross, Interim Executive Director, Partnership for Strong Communities
To learn more about the Rental Assistance Program, the deep positive impact housing vouchers have on families’ quality of life, and our opportunity to expand RAP to serve more families, register for our webinar tomorrow April 20th at 1pm.
Summary of Affordable Housing Funding:
Department of Housing (DOH)
- Housing Homeless Services (HHS) line is increased over the governor’s proposal by about $1.5 million in FY 24 at $87,602,789 and FY 25 at $87,882,789. HHS to municipalities is flat funded in both fiscal years at $675,409. This line includes funding for the Rental Assistance Program.
- Provides funding of $1.1 million in FY 24 and $1.38 million in FY 25 in the Housing/Homeless Services line to support operation of the 2-1-1 Housing Crisis Line 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
- A Flexible Funding Subsidy Pool for Housing and Homeless Support is allocated to subsidize housing and provide flexible assistance to help individuals, families, and youth to overcome financial barriers and expedite solutions to homelessness. ($2M in FY 24, $0 in FY 25)
Office of Policy and Management (OPM)
- Removes Governor’s budget proposed increase in staffing costs of about $142,000 in each year of the biennium to provide technical assistance to the proposed Work Live Ride Act.
Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD)
- Removes Governor’s budget proposed funding of $600,000 and three positions in each fiscal year in DECD for the Municipal Regional Development Authority to provide more capacity to support the Governor’s legislative proposal to incentivize housing development.
Department of Children and Families (DCF)
- Provides funding of $5,000,000 in FY 24 and FY 25 to serve approximately 260 families from the Supportive Housing for Families (SHF) waitlist.
Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
- Provides funding of $4,120,000 in FY 24 and $16,030,000 in FY 25 to reduce the number of individuals on the Department’s residential waiting list, giving priority to individuals who have caregivers aged 65 and older.
Click here for PSC’s analysis of Governor Lamont’s Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Proposed Budget from February of this year.