Proposal: In many states, housing authorities operate on a county-wide basis, meaning their jurisdiction is quite large, in some cases as large as the entire state of Connecticut. In Connecticut, housing authority jurisdiction is typically defined by very small town borders. This – along with incentives in federal regulations – unnecessarily restricts choices for families. For example, housing authorities have limited ability to administer the tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher program or participate in the development of certain types of physical housing units outside of their municipal jurisdiction. The S.B. 110 would give Connecticut housing authorities the ability to opt into a broader jurisdiction – one that extends to thriving communities up to 15 miles from their municipal boards. This new policy would give the families housing authorities assist genuine choices in where to live and allows housing authorities to help the state address our affordable and housing segregation crises.
Status of Bill: S.B. 110 (Raised)