Connecticut Association for Community Action
Connecticut General Assembly 2021 Legislative Session
This year's legislative session saw demonstrated commitment for struggling individuals and families across the state. Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Connecticut's Community Action Network worked with key partners and were able to help pass several critical bills and initiatives that will positively impact the people we serve for years to come. A breakdown of these items, including affiliate links to news stories and other relevant resources, is below.
Housing and Homelessness Support
- House Bill 6107: Implements various zoning provisions that will improve the affordability and diversity of housing in CT. Learn more at DesegregateCT.
- House Bill 6666 (Sect. 70-72): Helps 15-24-year old individuals experiencing homelessness access their birth certificates, by removing the fee, to allow them to apply for jobs and apartments.
- Senate Bill 86: State budget includes funds for more homelessness prevention and rehousing. Learn more at Partnership for Strong Communities.
- Senate Bill 340: Provides funding for organizations that provide housing services to ensure they can pay a living wage. The state budget also includes Cost of Living Increases (COLAs) for many nonprofit providers.
- Senate Bill 1: Declares racism is a public health crisis and establishes a commission on racial equity in public health. Learn more here.
- House Bill 6442: Supports the development of more, and more affordable, broadband services. Learn more here.
Advancing Economic Opportunity
- House Bill 6439: State budget includes an increase of $500,000 in Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 and 2023 for Human Services Infrastructure (HSI), the "core" funding for Community Action Agencies. Access the full budget here.
- House Bill 6516: Helps break the cycle of generational poverty by removing liens on the property of public assistance beneficiaries and eliminating state recovery of public assistance payments from most assets and estates valued at $250,000 or less. Learn more here.
- Senate Bill 178: Helps working individuals and families by increasing the state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) from 23% to 30.5%.
- Senate Bill 881: State budget includes funding for a new Office of Workforce Strategy, which focuses on workforce development. This helps people grow their skills and develop tools they need to be successful in the workplace.
- Community Health Workers: State budget includes funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to help fund Community Health Workers at Community Action Agencies. Stay tuned for more information.
- Client Support Fund: State budget includes ARPA funds for a client support fund, which will provide assistance to vulnerable and at-risk populations statewide, particularly those who do not qualify for existing programs and services. Stay tuned for more information.