January 29, 2016
Connecticut Housing Coalition 
Housing Matters
 
In This Issue
Prevent Massive Rent Increases on Connecticut's Poorest Families
Planning and Financing Energy Improvements for Multifamily Properties
Connecticut Invests $78 Million in New Housing Across the State
Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing
Request for Comments and Feedback on Consolidated Application and SharePoint
#emergingleaders: 2015 Annual Report
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About the Connecticut Housing Coalition
The Connecticut Housing Coalition works to expand housing opportunity and to increase the quantity and quality of affordable housing in our state. Founded in 1981, the Coalition represents the broad, vibrant network of community-based, affordable housing activity across Connecticut. Our more than 250 member organizations include nonprofit developers, housing services agencies, resident associations, and diverse other housing practitioners and advocates.
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Florence A. Villano,
Executive Director 
 
Connecticut Housing Coalition


McKinney Terrace Resident Council officers with President of the Board of Commissioners Sam Romeo following recognition of the new resident organization by the Housing Authority of the Town of Greenwich.

From left to right:  Margaret Yankowski,Secretary, McTRC;  Maureen Hopper,Vice President, McTRC;  Stephen Ramkisson, President, McTRC; HATG Commissioner Sam  Romeo; Elda Schupp, Bi-Lingual Translator, McTRC;  and Mary White, Treasurer, McTRC.

I am pleased to share with you the news that the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the Town of Greenwich formally recognized the McKinney Terrace Resident Council (McTRC) on January 27th. Earlier this year PHRN resident leaders performed CGS Section 8-64c peer-to-peer training and PHRN staff began working with residents to develop a resident council and a resident participation plan, this was in preparation for the rehabilitation of McKinney I and McKinney II which are state moderate rental communities.
 
As we all know, PHRN is the only statewide organization in Connecticut dedicated to capacity and leadership building for residents of publicly-assisted housing and as such has been tapped by the Department of Housing to bring those services to communities state-wide. Residents are educated about their rights and responsibilities as tenants and also learn how to strategize, conduct research and most importantly to build partnerships among themselves, housing authority staff, commissioners and those outside the public housing community.
 
The work done at McKinney Terrace was not easy. All parties had to deal with the fear and concerns of the residents of two separate buildings: McKinney 1 (family housing) and McKinney 2 (senior and disabled housing). With the guidance of PHRN, the two communities were able to work through their concerns and form a single resident council. Once residents made that commitment PHRN staff and leaders continued to work with residents as they developed and ratified their by-laws, researched issues of concern and developed proposals of action to address those issues.
 
The final happy result is that McKinney Terrace Resident Council (McTRC) has its first elected board of directors and officers and with the formal recognition of the Housing Authority they are moving forward. This is an excellent example of the fine work of PHRN peer trainers and the PHRN staff, I congratulate them all for their dedication and hard work.
 
I wish to thank all of you for your interest and dedication to our mutual goals as well.
 
Florence A. Villano
Executive Director
 
 
Prevent Massive Rent Increases on  Connecticut's Poorest Families 

State moderate rental housing PILOT monies (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) and Low Income Housing Tax Abatement Program funds were cut from the FY2016 state budget. During the 2015 Legislative Session, the  Public Housing Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT)Program was eliminated. In additional 2016 end-of-year cuts, the  Low-Income Housing Tax Abatement Grant Program was also eliminated.

PILOT and Tax Abatement Grant Program monies were critical funding sources for Connecticut's low income affordable housing communities in the past, often providing extremely low income families their only housing lifeline. Their elimination from the state
budget will have big impact:
  • Rents will increase an average of $70 per month for 3,426 low income families living in 34 state public housing communities in 16 Connecticut municipalities.
  • Rents will increase an average of $35 per month for 6,175 low and moderate income residents living in 60 non-profit owned affordable housing communities in 14 Connecticut municipalities.
Increased rents will increase homelessness.  At this time, the Connecticut Housing Coalition and the Publicly-assisted Housing Resident Network (PHRN) are in discussions with the Office of Policy and Management staff, House and Senate legislative leaders, and representatives of the Governor's office. We are working to develop a plan to protect low income residents from devastating rent increases set to begin on July 1, 2016, due to the elimination of all funding for the affordable housing PILOT Program and the Tax Abatement Grant Program in the state budget last year. We will keep you abreast of our efforts here in the Housing Matters newsletter.  

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Planning and Financing Energy Improvements for Multifamily Properties

Have you been thinking about improving the energy performance of a property, or perhaps installing solar?  Not sure how to start or advance a project?  Come to one of two free sessions to learn about green multifamily technical assistance and funding available from
Programs are available for both affordable and market rate multifamily properties.

Each session will provide you with information about ways to improve the energy and financial performance of multifamily properties by reducing utility and operating costs -- and how to get started.

We encourage multifamily property owners, developers and managers as well as municipal leaders and program administrators in the Greater Hartford region to attend.  Register for the session that best fits your availability and location.

Hartford Session

When: February 19, 2016 
Where:  227 Lawrence St, Hartford, CT
Time: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost: Free

Click here to register for the Hartford session. 

Farmington Session

When: March 16, 2016 
Where:  6 Monteith Drive , Farmington, CT
Time: 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: Free

Click here to register for the Farmington session. 
 
 
Connecticut Invests $78 Million in New Housing Across the State 

Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced on Wednesday that the State of Connecticut is making dramatic new investments in affordable housing across the state, with several projects anticipated to receive nearly $78 million in state bond funding in an effort to help towns and cities foster economic growth, create livable communities, and attract businesses.

The investments build on the  already considerable expansion of quality, affordable housing the Governor has initiated over the past several years in communities statewide. Since the beginning of the Malloy administration in 2011, the state has provided funding to build 17,897 housing units across Connecticut. In just 2015 alone, the state made investments to help create, rehabilitate, and preserve 11,881 housing units statewide.

Click here to see which projects are included and to read the full press release. 

            

Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in 
HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently announced it is making approximately $15 million available to test a promising housing and services model for low-income seniors to age in their own homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care.
 
HUD's Supportive Services Demonstration for Elderly Households in HUD-Assisted Multifamily Housing will offer three-year grants to eligible owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments to cover the cost of a full-time Enhanced Service Coordinator and a part-time Wellness Nurse. The purpose of the Demonstration is to test the effectiveness of this enhanced supportive services model for elderly households and to evaluate the value of enhanced service coordination paired with affordable housing for seniors. The demonstration will be independently evaluated to determine the impact of the enhanced supportive services model on: 
  • Aging in place in HUD-assisted senior developments;
  • Avoiding early transitions to institutional care, and; 
  • Preventing unnecessary and often costly health care events-such as some emergency room visits and hospitalizations-for residents in HUD-assisted senior developments.
HUD requires prospective grantees to submit applications electronically at www.grants.gov. Applicants are urged to sign up for Grants.gov's notification service to receive periodic updates or changes to these grant offerings.

Click here to read the full NOFA. 

 
 
Request for Comments and Feedback on Consolidated Application and SharePoint

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH) are undertaking the annual review of the Consolidated Application, SharePoint, and the application process with the intent of making them more user-friendly and efficient.  
SharePoint will also be used as more than just an application upload tool.
 
They are seeking applicant comments/suggestions to enhance the functionality of the application and process currently used for most funding applications.
 
If you would be interested in providing your comments/suggestions, (SharePoint improvements, web enhancements, technological enhancements, Consolidated Application workbook changes, etc.), please send your comments to Christopher Polek at christopher.polek@chfa.org, no later than February 5, 2016.
 
Based on the responses received, a review session with some applicants, consultants, or other interested parties may be scheduled.

#emergingleaders

2015 Annual Report 
 
 
In 2013, the Connecticut Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) was started with the purpose of shaping the future of housing and community development in Connecticut by engaging, cultivating and learning from the next generation of leaders.  Our ever growing group of statewide members, who hold a variety of positions and have diverse backgrounds and experiences, represent multiple sectors of the housing field, including developers, social service providers, policy makers and advocates.   

Since our inception, we have pursued our mission by offering our members, young professionals under the age of forty in the housing industry, opportunities for growth in the areas of professional development, networking and community engagement. In 2013 and 2014, our members had the opportunity to: 
  • Attend ELN workshops at the Connecticut Housing Coalition's annual conference where they heard from housing and community development professionals relating their experiences and how they envision the future of the industry;
  • Go on a rural housing visit to get a first-hand look at affordable housing and community development in the Litchfield Hills;
  • Chat with seasoned housing professionals about their career paths during a Fireside Chat;
  • Spend a day volunteering by fixing up houses during Hartford's Rebuilding Together Day; and
  • Meet other emerging leaders at an evening happy hour.
We would like to extend a special thank you to our members and all of those who have supported the network and its efforts thus far. We are looking forward to another great year and invite you to join us!

Notice that we did not mention our 2015 goings on above? Thinking we took last year off? Of course we didn't! Click here to find out what we did in 2015 and what you can look forward to this year.

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