Advocacy Action Alert:
Help us Defend 8-30g:
An Important Tool for the Creation of Affordable Housing
Housing Committee Hearing
Thursday, February 16th at 10:30 a.m
Public Hearing on 8-30g
Legislative Office building, Room 2A
Section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes, the “Connecticut Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure,” has been a critically important tool in helping expand the stock of affordable housing in Connecticut. Expansion of affordable housing is central to the success of our efforts to end homelessness in our state.8-30g is under attack! There are more than 30 bills pending that would significantly carve back, or even repeal, 8-30g. Please join CCEH in supporting the 8-30g statute at the February 16 hearing of the Housing Committee.
What You Can DO:
Testify on the importance of 8-30g before the Housing Committee on February 16!
- Sign up to testify for the February 16 hearing at 9:00 a.m. in the first floor lobby of the Legislative Office Building. The hearing begins at 10:30 a.m.
- If you can’t come in person, you can email written testimony to the Housing Committee by 5:30 P.M. on Wednesday, February 15, at HSGtestimony@cga.ct.gov.
- Click here to find a template for testimony.
Please contact Sarah Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or to request help in signing up for the hearing. Thank you for your support of this important tool to expand affordable housing and end homelessness!
What is Section 8-30g?
Since 1989, Section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes, the “Connecticut Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure,” has promoted the development of low-cost housing with long-term affordability protections. 8-30g includes an appeals procedure to override local zoning denials of affordable housing proposals without just cause: 8-30g ensures that municipalities cannot deny an affordable housing proposal “just because.” Instead, a denial must site a specific health or safety concern, and the burden of proof for this concern is placed on the municipality. If DOH has designated at least 10% of a community’s housing stock is as “affordable,” that community is exempt from the appeals requirement. A complete listing of exempt communities can be found here from the DOH’s website.