CHAPTER 127c
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
HOUSING. GENERAL PROVISIONS

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Sec. 8-37s. Commissioner to monitor housing needs and publish data on housing production.
Sec. 8-37bb. Annual report re fair housing choice and racial and economic integration.
Sec. 8-37ff. Maintenance of comprehensive inventory of all assisted housing
Sec. 8-37ww. Demonstration program for energy-efficient and environmentally safe housing. Regulations.

      Sec. 8-37s. Commissioner to monitor housing needs and publish data on housing production. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall monitor the progress of the public and private sector toward meeting housing needs and shall collect and annually publish data on housing production in the state. In order to ensure a steady flow of information for the purposes of this section, all municipalities shall submit to the commissioner a copy of the monthly federal Bureau of the Census report on building permits issued and public construction filed at the same time as such report is filed with the federal Bureau of the Census.

      (P.A. 79-598, S. 6; P.A. 82-69; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 99-94, S. 1; P.A. 05-191, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 82-69 required that municipal report on building permits and public construction be filed with commissioner; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Housing with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; P.A. 99-94 changed annual report from being based on housing needs to consisting of data on housing production; P.A. 05-191 deleted provision requiring annual submission of data to Governor, General Assembly and Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management.

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      Sec. 8-37bb. Annual report re fair housing choice and racial and economic integration. (a) On or before December 31, 1991, and annually thereafter, each housing agency, except the Department of Economic and Community Development, shall submit to the General Assembly a report, for the year ending the preceding September thirtieth, which analyzes by income group, households served by its housing construction, substantial rehabilitation, purchase and rental assistance programs. Each report submitted after December 31, 1991, shall analyze the households served under each program by race. The analysis shall provide information by housing development, if applicable, and by program. Each analysis shall include data for all households (1) entering an agency program during the year ending the preceding September thirtieth, and (2) in occupancy or receiving the benefits of an agency rental program the preceding September thirtieth. The report of the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority shall also identify, by census tract, the number of households served in each program and the total amount of financial assistance provided to such households. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to preclude a housing agency from reporting additional information on programs it administers. Each report submitted under this section shall also analyze the efforts, and the results of such efforts, of each agency in promoting fair housing choice and racial and economic integration. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to require an occupant or applicant to disclose his race on an application or survey form.

      (b) Each report submitted under this section shall also document the efforts of the agency in promoting fair housing choice and racial and economic integration and shall include data on the racial composition of the occupants and persons on the waiting list of each housing project which is assisted under any housing program established by the general statutes or special act or which is supervised by the agency. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to require disclosure of such information by any occupant or person on a waiting list.

      (c) On and after October 1, 1996, the report shall be submitted to the joint standing committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing and, upon request, to any member of the General Assembly. A summary of the report shall be submitted to each member of the General Assembly if the summary is two pages or less and a notification of the report shall be submitted to each member if the summary is more than two pages. Submission shall be by mailing the report, summary or notification to the legislative address of each member of the committee or the General Assembly, as applicable.

      (P.A. 90-257, S. 12, 17; P.A. 91-362, S. 1; P.A. 96-251, S. 4; P.A. 99-94, S. 4; P.A. 05-191, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 91-362 designated existing section as Subsec. (a) and added provision requiring reports to analyze households served by race and the efforts of housing agencies in promoting fair housing choice and racial and economic integration and added new Subsec. (b) re documentation of efforts of agencies in promoting fair housing choice and racial and economic integration and re data on racial composition of occupants and persons on waiting lists of housing projects assisted by the agency; P.A. 96-251 added Subsec. (b) requiring that on and after October 1, 1996, the report be submitted to the housing committee and to any member of the General Assembly upon request and providing for submission of report summaries; P.A. 99-94 amended Subsec. (a) by exempting the Department of Economic and Community Development under certain circumstances from the reporting required by this section; P.A. 05-191 amended Subsec. (a) to exempt Department of Economic and Community Development from reporting requirement.

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      Sec. 8-37ff. Maintenance of comprehensive inventory of all assisted housing. Not later than July 1, 2006, the Department of Economic and Community Development shall develop and maintain a comprehensive inventory of all assisted housing, as defined in section 8-30g, in the state. The inventory shall identify all existing assisted rental units by type and funding source, and include, but not be limited to, information on tenant eligibility, rents charged, available subsidies, occupancy and vacancy rates, waiting lists and accessibility features. In order to assist the department in the completion of the inventory, all owners of such housing units, both public and private, shall report accessible housing units to the database established and maintained under section 8-119x.

      (P.A. 05-239, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 05-239 effective July 1, 2005.

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      Sec. 8-37ww. Demonstration program for energy-efficient and environmentally safe housing. Regulations. (a) As used in this section, "eligible building" means a two to six-family building that was built prior to 1950 and has wooden windows, and "commissioner" means the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development.

      (b) The commissioner may establish a demonstration program in one or more municipalities to promote energy efficiency and environmentally safe housing by providing matching grants to owners of eligible buildings to repair or replace wooden windows in such buildings. Such demonstration program may be funded from moneys allocated to the program established by section 8-37pp or from any moneys available to the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development from other sources. Of the first three municipalities in which such demonstration program is established, at least two shall have a population of one hundred thousand or more and at least one shall have a population of less than one hundred thousand. No such grant shall exceed one hundred dollars for each window to be repaired or replaced. The commissioner may contract with one or more entities to operate the program.

      (c) The demonstration program shall end on June 30, 2008. On or before February 1, 2008, the commissioner shall report to the select committee of the General Assembly having cognizance of matters relating to housing as to the number of eligible buildings for which assistance was provided, the costs involved, the effectiveness of the demonstration program and the commissioner's recommendation as to whether the demonstration program should be expanded and made permanent.

      (d) The commissioner shall adopt regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, to implement the provisions of this section.

      (May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5, S. 18; P.A. 05-132, S. 1.)

      History: May 9 Sp. Sess. P.A. 02-5 effective July 1, 2002; P.A. 05-132 amended Subsec. (c) by extending the program's termination from June 30, 2005, to June 30, 2008, and changing the due date for the report on the program from February 1, 2005, to February 1, 2008, effective June 24, 2005.

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