CHAPTER 128
DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT:
MUNICIPAL HOUSING PROJECTS

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Sec. 8-41. Appointment. Qualifications and tenure of commissioners. Selection of tenant commissioners. Commissioners authorized to serve as justice of the peace or registrar of voters.
Sec. 8-64c. Resident participation plan for major physical transformation and disposition activities.
Sec. 8-114d. Resident services coordinators.
Sec. 8-119h. State assistance to authorities, municipal developers, nonprofit corporations and housing partnerships.
Sec. 8-119l. Operating subsidies for congregate housing projects.
Sec. 8-119t. Grants-in-aid for expanding independent living opportunities. Definition. Regulations.
Sec. 8-119x. Database of dwelling units suitable for persons with disabilities.

PART I
CREATION AND POWERS OF AUTHORITY.
GENERAL PROVISIONS.
LOW AND MODERATE INCOME RENTAL HOUSING

      Sec. 8-41. Appointment. Qualifications and tenure of commissioners. Selection of tenant commissioners. Commissioners authorized to serve as justice of the peace or registrar of voters. (a) For purposes of this section, a "tenant of the authority" means a tenant who lives in housing owned or managed by a housing authority or who is receiving housing assistance in a housing program directly administered by such authority. When the governing body of a municipality other than a town adopts a resolution as described in section 8-40, it shall promptly notify the chief executive officer of such adoption. Upon receiving such notice, the chief executive officer shall appoint five persons who are residents of said municipality as commissioners of the authority, except that the chief executive officer may appoint two additional persons who are residents of the municipality if (1) the authority operates more than three thousand units, or (2) upon the appointment of a tenant commissioner pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the additional appointments are necessary to achieve compliance with 24 CFR 964.415 or section 9-167a. If the governing body of a town adopts such a resolution, such body shall appoint five persons who are residents of said town as commissioners of the authority created for such town, except that such body may appoint two additional persons who are residents of the town if, upon the appointment of a tenant commissioner pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the additional appointments are necessary to achieve compliance with 24 CFR 964.415 or section 9-167a. The commissioners who are first so appointed shall be designated to serve for a term of either one, two, three, four or five years, except that if the authority has five members, the terms of not more than one member shall expire in the same year. Terms shall commence on the first day of the month next succeeding the date of their appointment, and annually thereafter a commissioner shall be appointed to serve for five years except that any vacancy which may occur because of a change of residence by a commissioner, removal of a commissioner, resignation or death shall be filled for the unexpired portion of the term. If a governing body increases the membership of the authority on or after July 1, 1995, such governing body shall, by resolution, provide for a term of five years for each such additional member. The term of the chairman shall be three years. At least one of such commissioners of an authority having five members, and at least two of such commissioners of an authority having more than five members, shall be a tenant or tenants of the authority selected pursuant to subsection (c) of this section. If, on October 1, 1979, a municipality has adopted a resolution as described in section 8-40, but has no tenants serving as commissioners, the chief executive officer of a municipality other than a town or the governing body of a town shall appoint a tenant who meets the qualifications set out in this section as a commissioner of such authority when the next vacancy occurs. No commissioner of an authority may hold any public office in the municipality for which the authority is created. A commissioner shall hold office until said commissioner's successor is appointed and has qualified. A certificate of the appointment or reappointment of any commissioner shall be filed with the clerk and shall be conclusive evidence of the legal appointment of such commissioner, after said commissioner has taken an oath in the form prescribed in the first paragraph of section 1-25. The powers of each authority shall be vested in the commissioners thereof. Three commissioners shall constitute a quorum if the authority consists of five commissioners. Four commissioners shall constitute a quorum if the authority consists of more than five commissioners. Action may be taken by the authority upon a vote of not less than a majority of the commissioners present, unless the bylaws of the authority require a larger number. The chief executive officer, or, in the case of an authority for a town, the governing body of the town, shall designate which of the commissioners shall be the first chairman, but when the office of chairman of the authority becomes vacant, the authority shall select a chairman from among its commissioners. An authority shall select from among its commissioners a vice chairman, and it may employ a secretary, who shall be executive director, and technical experts and such other officers, agents and employees, permanent and temporary, as it requires, and shall determine their qualifications, duties and compensation, provided, in municipalities having a civil service law, all appointments and promotions, except the employment of the secretary, shall be based on examinations given and lists prepared under such law, and, except so far as may be inconsistent with the terms of this chapter, such civil service law and regulations adopted thereunder shall apply to such housing authority and its personnel. For such legal services as it requires, an authority may employ its own counsel and legal staff. An authority may delegate any of its powers and duties to one or more of its agents or employees. A commissioner, or any employee of the authority who handles its funds, shall be required to furnish an adequate bond. The commissioners shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for their actual and necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their official duties.

      (b) The authority shall designate a tenant organization as the recognized jurisdiction-wide tenant organization only if (1) the members of the governing board of such tenant organization were elected through a jurisdiction-wide election, and (2) such tenant organization satisfies the requirements for elected jurisdiction-wide resident councils pursuant to regulations promulgated by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, except that a tenant of the authority shall be eligible to vote in any election for the governing board of such tenant organization and to serve on the governing board of such tenant organization without regard to whether such tenant receives or lives in housing that receives federal assistance. Any tenant organization that has been designated by the authority as the recognized jurisdiction-wide tenant organization may select tenants for appointment as tenant commissioner in accordance with subsection (c) of this section.

      (c) (1) Not less than sixty days before the appointment of any tenant commissioner or the expiration of the term of any tenant commissioner, whichever is earlier, the housing authority shall notify all tenant organizations comprised of tenants residing within units owned or managed by such housing authority and all tenants of such authority of such pending appointment or expiration of term. The notice shall include information concerning procedures by which tenants may petition for an election pursuant to this subsection.

      (2) The appointee as tenant commissioner shall be selected by a fair election of the tenants of the authority if, not more than thirty days after the authority notifies such tenants of a pending appointment or expiration of term pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, ten per cent of the tenants of the authority or seventy-five tenants of the authority, whichever is less, petition the authority for an election.

      (3) If the tenants of the authority have not petitioned for an election pursuant to subdivision (2) of this subsection, then the appointee as tenant commissioner shall be selected by the recognized jurisdiction-wide tenant organization, if any, by means provided for in the by-laws adopted by such tenant organization. Such means may include, without limitation, a fair election by the tenants of the authority or selection by the governing board of such tenant organization.

      (4) If an appointee as tenant commissioner has not been selected by an election of the tenants of the authority or by other means pursuant to the by-laws adopted by the recognized jurisdiction-wide tenant organization by the date ninety days after the date the housing authority provides notice of a pending appointment or expiration of term pursuant to subdivision (1) of this subsection, then the appointing authority shall select the appointee. In making such selection, the appointing authority shall consider any tenant recommended by any tenant organization within its jurisdiction or the jurisdiction-wide tenant organization.

      (5) The housing authority shall provide all tenants of the authority with written notice of any election conducted pursuant to this subsection or subsection (b) of this section not later than thirty days before the date of such election. For any election conducted pursuant to this subsection for an authority having more than five commissioners, the housing authority may establish qualifications for the second tenant commissioner as necessary to achieve compliance with 24 CFR 964.415 or section 9-167a.

      (d) For any election conducted pursuant to subsection (c) of this section, the housing authority shall use its best efforts to secure an impartial entity to administer such election. To the extent practicable, such impartial entity shall be selected with the agreement of the recognized jurisdiction-wide tenant organization, if any. In the event of a dispute concerning the procedure for or results of such election, any person may petition the entity administering such election for a resolution of such dispute.

      (e) Notwithstanding any provision of subsection (a) of this section or any other provision of the general statutes, a commissioner of an authority may serve as a justice of the peace or a registrar of voters.

      (1949 Rev., S. 926; 1949, S. 438d; 1967, P.A. 124, S. 1; P.A. 75-415, S. 1; P.A. 78-326; P.A. 79-546; P.A. 90-245; P.A. 94-35, S. 1, 2; 94-156, S. 4, 5; P.A. 97-307, S. 3, 4; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4, S. 108; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5, S. 5; P.A. 11-203, S. 1.)

      History: 1967 act specified conditions under which vacancies are to be filled; P.A. 75-415 limited tenant commissioners to one; P.A. 78-326 deleted former limitation on tenant commissioners and specifically allowed more than one tenant commissioner provided residence requirement met; P.A. 79-546 required at least one tenant commissioner and made provision for appointment and for restricting voting power in cases involving rents in housing owned or managed by authority; P.A. 90-245 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provision re appointment of members who are not residents where the authority operates more than 3,000 units and requiring that authorities with more than five members have at least two members who are residents in units operated by the authority; P.A. 94-35 amended Subsec. (a) to eliminate the requirement that additional members not be residents and that such members serve at the pleasure of the chief executive official, to add provision re term duration and to provide that five commissioners constitute a quorum if the authority has more than five members, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 94-156 changed the effective date of P.A. 94-35 from July 1, 1994, to July 1, 1995, effective July 1, 1994; P.A. 97-307 added Subsec. (c), allowing commissioners to serve as justices of the peace or registrars of voters, effective July 8, 1997; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-4 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that commissioner who is a tenant may have previously resided in units operated by authority provided residence was for more than one year and tenant is receiving housing assistance in housing program administered by Department of Economic and Community Development, effective June 29, 2007; June Sp. Sess. P.A. 07-5 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute "such authority" for "the Department of Economic and Community Development", effective October 6, 2007; P.A. 11-203 amended Subsec. (a) by defining "tenant of the authority", by adding language re appointment of 2 additional commissioners if authority operates more than 3,000 units or if necessary to comply with state or federal law, and by deleting language requiring tenant commissioners to reside in housing for more than 1 year and prohibiting tenant commissioners from voting on establishment or revision of rents, added new Subsec. (b) re recognized jurisdiction-wide tenant organizations, deleted former Subsec. (b) re appointment of tenant commissioners, added new Subsecs. (c) and (d) re selection of tenant commissioners, redesignated existing Subsec. (c) as Subsec. (e), and made technical changes.

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      Sec. 8-64c. Resident participation plan for major physical transformation and disposition activities. (a) For purposes of this section: (1) "Disposition" means a sale, lease, transfer or other change in ownership or control; (2) "major physical transformation" means (A) any renovation, rehabilitation, revitalization or redevelopment of real property or a portion thereof for which the estimated cost exceeds fifty per cent of the estimated replacement value of such real property or portion thereof, or (B) any demolition of real property or portion thereof that results in the loss of one or more housing units; (3) "resident participation plan" means a written description of a specific and ongoing process to enable meaningful resident participation during the planning, implementation and monitoring of major physical transformation or disposition activities, beginning with the earliest stages of concept and design; (4) "signed agreement" means a resident participation plan that is signed by a housing authority, a duly elected and constituted tenant organization, the developer undertaking the major physical transformation, if any, and the entity that will own, lease or otherwise control the real property or portion thereof, if any; and (5) "authority" or "housing authority" and "real property" have the same meanings as in section 8-39.

      (b) Any housing authority that intends to undertake the major physical transformation or disposition of any real property or portion thereof that is owned or managed by such authority shall notify all residents of such real property of its intention as soon as practicable. Such authority shall, in conjunction with the residents of such real property and any duly elected and constituted tenant organization that represents such residents, implement a resident participation plan for such major physical transformation or disposition activities. The authority shall negotiate in good faith the provisions of such resident participation plan with such residents and tenant organization. If a duly elected and constituted tenant organization represents the residents of such real property, the authority shall make all reasonable efforts to enter into a signed agreement.

      (c) A resident participation plan shall include, but is not limited to, the following:

      (1) A notification to all residents explaining residents' right to organize and to participate in tenant organizations without interference from or adverse action by the authority;

      (2) Provisions for regular and substantial involvement of the representatives of any duly elected and constituted tenant organization in implementing the resident participation plan;

      (3) A requirement that the authority provide residents and tenant organizations with information about groups and organizations that are separate from the authority and may serve as a resource to such residents and tenant organizations on matters including housing policy and resident outreach, training, organizing and legal rights;

      (4) Provisions allowing for the inclusion, at the discretion of residents, of tenant advocates or other tenant assistance providers in all resident participation activities;

      (5) If applicable, identification of opportunities for residents to participate in selection panels to choose development partners and consultants, provided residents shall not comprise a majority of any selection panel;

      (6) A provision requiring the authority to make all significant documents related to the major transformation or disposition activities, including copies of design plans and applications for financial assistance, available for inspection by residents at a readily accessible location;

      (7) Provisions assuring opportunities for resident involvement, advice and recommendations concerning such major physical transformation or disposition activities, including, where applicable, (A) the details of the major physical transformation or disposition activities that the authority intends to undertake and the projected timeline for such activities; (B) the design of housing units, buildings, amenities and common areas, including the number, size and configuration of housing units; (C) architectural design and landscaping; (D) resident employment or the use of resident-owned businesses in such major physical transformation or disposition activities and in future property management operations; (E) future resident services, property management, security and any enrichment features affecting residents' quality of life; (F) the level of occupancy that will be maintained in advance of the major physical transformation or disposition activities; (G) new rent levels, the affordability of such new rent levels for current residents and the duration of any affordability restrictions; (H) home ownership opportunities; (I) displacement of current residents, temporary and permanent relocation plans and relocation benefits; (J) the number of housing units that will be lost due to such major physical transformation or disposition activities and any plans to replace such housing units; (K) plans, procedures and qualifications for the occupancy of units by current and new residents, including preferences, if any, for current residents, at the conclusion of such major physical transformation or disposition activities; and (L) the governance of the entity that will own, lease or otherwise control the real property or portion thereof and how such governance may affect such residents, including any changes to grievance procedures, residents' rights and residents' opportunities to participate in management decisions.

      (d) No authority shall be eligible to apply for financial assistance for the major physical transformation of any real property or portion thereof from the Department of Economic and Community Development or the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority unless such authority has adopted and implemented a resident participation plan in accordance with this section. In awarding financial assistance for the major physical transformation of any real property or portion thereof, the department and authority shall, in a manner consistent with their procedures, give full consideration for preference to any application made by any authority that has entered into a signed agreement in accordance with this section.

      (P.A. 11-72, S. 1.)

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PART VI
HOUSING FOR ELDERLY PERSONS

      Sec. 8-114d. Resident services coordinators. (a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall award grants-in-aid to housing authorities, municipal developers, nonprofit corporations and housing partnerships operating elderly housing projects pursuant to this part to hire resident services coordinators to (1) facilitate conflict resolution between residents, including between seniors and younger residents, (2) establish and maintain relationships with community service providers and link residents to appropriate community services, (3) act as a liaison to assist in problem solving, (4) assist residents of such housing to maintain an independent living status, (5) assess the individual needs of residents of such housing for the purpose of establishing and maintaining support services, (6) provide orientation services to new residents and maintain regular contact with residents of such housing, (7) monitor the delivery of support services to residents of such housing, (8) organize resident activities and meetings that promote socialization among all residents, and (9) advocate changes in services sought or required by residents of such housing. The commissioner shall award grants-in-aid based on demonstration of need and availability of matching funds. A joint application made by more than one housing authority, municipal developer, nonprofit corporation or housing partnership shall have the same preference as an application made by one housing authority, municipal developer, nonprofit corporation or housing partnership.

      (b) The employment of resident services coordinators by a housing authority, municipal developer, nonprofit corporation or housing partnership operating elderly housing projects pursuant to this part shall be considered an allowable expense.

      (c) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development may convene monthly meetings of the resident services coordinators for in-service training and information sharing. Training topics shall include, but not be limited to, the health care needs of seniors and persons with disabilities, mediation and conflict resolution, and local and regional service resources.

      (P.A. 98-263, S. 3, 4, 21; P.A. 05-206, S. 1; P.A. 11-168, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 98-263 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 05-206 amended Subsec. (a) by adding provisions re conflict resolution, including resolution of conflicts between seniors and younger residents, community services, liaisons to assist problem solving, orientation services and the promotion of socialization among residents and redesignating subdivisions accordingly, and added new Subsec. (c) re monthly meetings of resident services coordinators, effective July 1, 2005; P.A. 11-168 added references to housing partnerships in Subsecs. (a) and (b), effective July 13, 2011.

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PART VII
CONGREGATE HOUSING FOR THE ELDERLY

      Sec. 8-119h. State assistance to authorities, municipal developers, nonprofit corporations and housing partnerships. Upon preliminary approval by the State Bond Commission pursuant to the provisions of section 3-20, the state, acting by and through the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, may enter into a contract or contracts with an authority, a municipal developer, a nonprofit corporation or a housing partnership for state financial assistance for a congregate housing project, in the form of capital grants, interim loans, permanent loans, deferred loans or any combination thereof for application to the development cost of such project or projects. A contract with an authority, a municipal developer, a nonprofit corporation or a housing partnership may provide that in the case of any loan made in conjunction with any housing assistance funds provided by an agency of the United States government, if such housing assistance funds terminate prior to complete repayment of a loan made pursuant to this section, the remaining balance of such loan may be converted to a capital grant or decreased loan. Any such state assistance contract with an authority, a municipal developer, a nonprofit corporation or a housing partnership for a capital grant or loan entered into prior to the time housing assistance funds became available from an agency of the United States government, may, upon the mutual consent of the commissioner and the authority, municipal developer, nonprofit corporation or housing partnership, be renegotiated to provide for a loan or increased loan in the place of a capital grant or loan or a part thereof, consistent with the above conditions. Such capital grants or loans shall be in an amount not in excess of the development cost of the project or projects, including, in the case of grants or loans financed from the proceeds of the state's general obligation bonds issued pursuant to any authorization, allocation or approval of the State Bond Commission made prior to July 1, 1990, administrative or other cost or expense to be incurred by the state in connection therewith, as approved by said commissioner. In anticipation of final payment of such capital grants or loans, the state, acting by and through said commissioner and in accordance with such contract, may make temporary advances to the authority, municipal developer, nonprofit corporation or housing partnership for preliminary planning expense or other development cost of such project or projects. Any loan provided pursuant to this section shall bear interest at a rate to be determined in accordance with subsection (t) of section 3-20. Any such authority, municipal developer, nonprofit corporation or housing partnership may, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, contract with any other person approved by the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development for the operation of a project undertaken pursuant to this part. As used in this section, "housing partnership" has the same meaning as provided in subsection (n) of section 8-113a.

      (P.A. 77-582, S. 5, 10; 77-614, S. 284, 587, 610; P.A. 78-303, S. 81, 85, 136; P.A. 79-598, S. 3, 4, 10; P.A. 83-490; P.A. 85-444, S. 4; P.A. 87-416, S. 5, 24; 87-436, S. 7, 23; P.A. 90-238, S. 10, 32; P.A. 92-166, S. 7, 31; P.A. 93-262, S. 78, 87; 93-309, S. 17, 29; 93-435, S. 73, 95; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 06-93, S. 9; P.A. 11-168, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 77-614 substituted department of economic development for commissioner of community affairs, effective January 1, 1979; P.A. 78-303 substituted commissioner for department; P.A. 79-598 substituted commissioner of housing for commissioner of economic development; P.A. 83-490 allowed for any person approved by the commissioner of housing to contract to operate a project; P.A. 85-444 included references to nonprofit corporations, provided for state financial assistance in form of loans without regard to federal assistance, modified provisions re conversion of loans to grants and deleted references to commissioner on aging and to community housing development corporations and other corporations approved by commissioner on aging; P.A. 87-416 provided that the interest rates on loans would be determined in accordance with Sec. 3-20(t); P.A. 87-436 added provisions authorizing state to enter into contracts with municipal developers; P.A. 90-238 revised provisions re administrative expenses; P.A. 92-166 amended Subsec. (a) to make technical change adding provision re deferred loans, consistent with 1992 public acts; P.A. 93-262 removed reference to Sec. 17a-308(a), effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-309 designated the existing section as Subsec. (a) and added new Subsec. (b) prohibiting the commissioner of housing, on and after July 1, 1994, or the effective date of regulations adopted under Sec. 8-437, from accepting applications for housing developments that qualify for financial assistance under Sec. 8-433, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-435 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting the reference to "July 1, 1994," re the deadline for the receipt by the commissioner of housing of certain applications for state financial assistance, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1993; 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. 06-93 deleted former Subsec. (b) re regulations and application to program repealed by the same act and made a conforming change; P.A. 11-168 made housing partnerships eligible to enter into contracts for financial assistance, expanded references to such contracts to include municipal developers, nonprofit corporations and housing partnerships, and added definition of "housing partnership", effective July 13, 2011.

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      Sec. 8-119l. Operating subsidies for congregate housing projects. The state, acting by and through the Commissioner of Economic and Community Development, may enter into a contract or contracts with an authority, a municipal developer, a nonprofit corporation or a housing partnership for state financial assistance in the form of a grant-in-aid for an operating cost subsidy for state-financed congregate housing projects developed pursuant to this part. In calculating the amount of the grant-in-aid, the commissioner shall use adjusted gross income of tenants. As used in this section, "adjusted gross income" means annual aggregate income from all sources minus fifty per cent of all unreimbursable medical expenses. As used in this section, "housing partnership" has the same meaning as provided in subsection (n) of section 8-113a.

      (June Sp. Sess. S.A. 83-1, S. 35, 37; P.A. 85-444, S. 6; P.A. 87-436, S. 9, 23; P.A. 93-309, S. 19, 29; 93-435, S. 74, 95; P.A. 94-146, S. 1, 2; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1, S. 112, 130; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 06-93, S. 11; P.A. 11-168, S. 5.)

      History: P.A. 85-444 added reference to nonprofit corporations, deleting reference to authorities created by Sec. 8-40, community housing development corporations and other corporations approved by commissioner of aging; P.A. 87-436 authorized contracts with municipal developers; P.A. 93-309 designated the existing section as Subsec. (a) and added new Subsec. (b) prohibiting the commissioner of housing, on and after July 1, 1994, or the effective date of regulations adopted under Sec. 8-437, from accepting applications for housing developments that qualify for financial assistance under Sec. 8-433, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 93-435 amended Subsec. (b) by deleting reference to "July 1, 1994," re the commissioner of housing of certain applications for state financial assistance, and made technical changes, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 94-146 amended Subsec. (a) to provide that the commissioner of housing use adjusted gross income of tenants in calculating the amount of the grant, effective July 1, 1994; May 25 Sp. Sess. P.A. 94-1 amended Subsec. (b) by making technical change, effective July 1, 1994; 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. 06-93 deleted former Subsec. (b) re regulations and application to program repealed by the same act and made conforming changes; P.A. 11-168 made housing partnerships eligible to enter into contracts for financial assistance and added definition of "housing partnership", effective July 13, 2011.

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PART VIII
INDEPENDENT LIVING FOR HANDICAPPED
AND DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED PERSONS

      Sec. 8-119t. Grants-in-aid for expanding independent living opportunities. Definition. Regulations. (a) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall encourage the development of independent living opportunities for low and moderate income handicapped and developmentally disabled persons by making grants-in-aid, within available appropriations, to state-wide, private, nonprofit housing development corporations which are organized and operating for the purpose of expanding independent living opportunities for such persons. Such grants-in-aid shall be used to facilitate the development of small, noninstitutionalized living units for such persons, through programs including, but not limited to, preproject development, receipt of federal funds, site acquisition and architectural review. For the purposes of this part, "handicapped and developmentally disabled persons" means any persons who are physically or mentally handicapped, including, but not limited to, persons with autism, persons with intellectual disability or persons who are physically disabled or sensory impaired.

      (b) The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, to carry out the purposes of this section.

      (P.A. 79-442, S. 1, 2, 4; P.A. 80-21, S. 2, 3, 5; 80-483, S. 141, 142, 186; P.A. 95-250, S. 1; P.A. 96-211, S. 1, 5, 6; P.A. 99-279, S. 34, 45; P.A. 11-129, S. 4.)

      History: P.A. 80-21 and P.A. 80-483 substituted commissioner of housing for commissioner of economic development; P.A. 95-250 and P.A. 96-211 replaced Commissioner and Department of Housing with Commissioner and Department of Economic and Community Development; (Revisor's note: In 1999 the word "part" in Subsec. (b) was changed editorially by the Revisors to "section" due to inclusion of new Sec. 8-119x in part VIII of chapter 128); P.A. 99-279 amended Subsec. (a) to require that such grants-in-aid be made "within available appropriations", effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 11-129 substituted "persons with autism, persons with intellectual disability or persons who are physically disabled or sensory impaired" for "mentally retarded, physically disabled, sensory impaired and autistic persons" in Subsec. (a).

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      Sec. 8-119x. Database of dwelling units suitable for persons with disabilities. The Commissioner of Economic and Community Development shall, in consultation with the Department of Social Services, the State Building Inspector, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities, the Department of Administrative Services and the Office of Policy and Management, establish a state-wide electronic database of information on the availability of dwelling units in the state which are accessible to or adaptable for persons with disabilities. To the extent practicable, such database shall include such information as: (1) The location of, the monthly rent for and the number of bedrooms in each such dwelling unit, (2) the type of housing and neighborhood in which each such dwelling unit is located, (3) the vacancy status of each such dwelling unit, (4) if a unit is unavailable, the date such unit is expected to become available or the date when a waiting list is expected to open, and (5) any feature of each such unit that makes it accessible to or adaptable for persons with disabilities.

      (P.A. 98-263, S. 2, 21; P.A. 03-278, S. 113; P.A. 11-51, S. 76; 11-168, S. 6.)

      History: P.A. 98-263 effective July 1, 1998; P.A. 03-278 made a technical change, effective July 9, 2003; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, "Department of Information and Technology" was changed editorially by the Revisors to "Department of Administrative Services", effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-168 required database to include enumerated information "to the extent practicable", added "or the date when a waiting list is expected to open" in Subdiv. (4), and deleted requirement that Commissioner of Economic and Community Development use information from computer-assisted mass appraisal systems, effective July 13, 2011.

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