Legislative Update: Capitol to Remain Closed, State Working on Stimulus Package
March 24, 2020
We're sending this brief update on the state legislative session to make sure that you're all aware that nothing has been scheduled legislatively at this point. The state Legislature will remain closed until at least April 13th. Legislative leaders have asked the chairs of the Committees to prepare "must" bills. If the legislative session doesn't reconvene, the biennial budget that was adopted last June will still stand.
On Monday, the leaders of the four legislative caucuses agreed to postpone the opening of the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol for public and legislative business until at least Monday, April 13th. The reopening timeline will continue to be evaluated by leadership with input from public health experts, and the reopening could continue to be postponed.
PSC continues to monitor the situation closely and assess any opportunities to advocate for the needs of people experiencing homelessness and serious housing instability.
A bond bill was signed by the Governor last week. It provides $205 million for FY20/FY21 in new affordable housing resources.
As you're likely aware, Connecticut is also looking to pass its own "stimulus" package. The Governor is working on a stimulus package that could be ready next week. PSC is working with key partners to develop and communicate homelessness and housing related requests.
A statewide eviction moratorium is in place until May 1st. We are working to ensure that eviction moratoriums are in place for longer-term housing stability in partnership with our partners.
Lastly, the Connecticut primary has been moved to June 2nd.
PSC is working with our government and advocacy partners in both the Reaching Home and HOMEConnecticut Campaigns to identify, communicate, and advocate for the needs of people experiencing and at risk of homelessness as a result of the current public health emergency. Please see the Reaching Home letter to Administrative leaders here, and two additional joint advocacy letters here and here.
We will continue to work with our partners in the coming days and weeks to focus on the immediate crisis at hand, advance existing strategies that aim to reduce homelessness and housing instability overall, and plan for the aftermath of this pandemic and the mitigation of the severe economic impacts on housing stability and homelessness in our state.
We hope that you are all doing well and staying healthy during this trying time. Please reach out at any time to share your feedback and experience regarding the impact of the current crisis and needs at the community level.