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Build public housing in the suburbs to improve population health

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought renewed attention to a pre-existing and severe affordable rental housing crisis throughout the U.S. and here in Connecticut. Prior to the pandemic, there was no state in this country where a full-time minimum wage job was sufficient to affordably rent a one- bedroom apartment. Here in Connecticut, nearly two full-time jobs were needed.

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Establish a support fund for Connecticut’s working poor and others

Federal and state policy changes have enhanced many assistance programs, which has helped tens of thousands of Connecticut residents. But, others, especially the working poor, are just over income for these programs – yet still in need. That is why Connecticut’s Community Action Agencies propose that the State establish a flexible Client Support Fund, with $5 million of state and/or federal funds, to be administered by the CAAs.