Gov. Ned Lamont is allowing the evictions moratorium to lapse — while slowing them to buy time for relief payments.
Only 2,921 payments have been by UniteCT, a COVID assistance program criticized as overly complicated and technically flawed.
Advocates say some towns, like Branford, favor elderly complexes as a way to prevent construction of affordable housing for families.
Officials voted to allow multi-family housing on a sliver of Woodbridge — provided such projects get prior approval.
The legislation, which nudges towns to loosen restrictive zoning policies, now heads to the governor’s desk.
The vote anticipates a wave of evictions that could come as pandemic-inspired state and federal moratoriums are lifted.
The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities report links zoning segregation with the deadly impact of COVID on minority communities.
Legislation aimed at tackling Connecticut’s housing segregation was significantly scaled back before the House approved it Thursday.
Zoning officials in Woodbridge seem unlikely to allow developers to build multi-unit dwellings without permission.
If signed into law, Connecticut will become one of the first states to provide right to counsel.
Woodbridge officials are weighing whether to allow multi-family housing after attorneys applied to convert a single-family home.
The state moratorium hasn’t completely eliminated evictions, which are now at about half the level they were before the pandemic.
On Monday night, commissioners held their final public hearing on a two-pronged rezoning proposal looking to make it easier for developers to build multi-family affordable housing in Woodbridge.
Across Connecticut, lower-income families are facing more housing challenges. Federal aid might help, but the problems have deep roots.
The bills are still “a work in progress,” legislators said.