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MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO PASS BILL THAT WOULD HELP BUILD 400,000 NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS NATIONWIDE

MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO PASS BILL THAT WOULD HELP BUILD 400,000 NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS NATIONWIDE
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 22, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin is urging Congress to pass the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 2962) to expand the low-income housing tax credit. This bipartisan legislation, currently under consideration by the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, would help strengthen and expand the highly successful Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program by 50 percent, and assist in creating or preserving over 1.3 million affordable homes throughout the country over the next decade.
 
Since its creation 30 years ago, the LIHTC has financed nearly 2.9 million homes across the United States, leveraging more than $100 billion in private investment. Between 1986 and 2013, more than 13.3 million people have lived in homes that have been financed by the LIHTC.
 
Mayor Bronin, in a letter to U.S. Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR), stressed the importance of passing the Affordable Housing Improvement Act for families and communities across the country.
 
"Access to safe and affordable housing is essential for the health and well-being of Hartford’s residents and the economic strength of our community,” said Mayor Bronin. "Many of our residents spend a disproportionately high percentage of their income on housing, leaving little for other necessities such as food, healthcare, education and transportation to employment. The LIHTC has long been one of the most effective tools available to address rental housing shortages and increase access to affordable housing.
 
Mayor Bronin also noted that passing this bill will help some of the most vulnerable populations from missing out on housing opportunities while contributing to job creation.
 
“Importantly, the LIHTC Program also harnesses the private market in support of the public good and is one of the most effective tools for public-private partnerships in housing,” said Mayor Bronin. "These public-private partnerships benefit of broad spectrum of residents, from those who are formerly homeless, to seniors and working families priced out of high-cost rentals. Further, the tax credit is an important job creator, generating approximately $7.1 billion in economic income and roughly 96,000 jobs per year across many industries.”
 
Across the country, there are 3.9 million extremely low-income families that lack access to affordable housing, according to a recently released report from the Office of U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA). Also, the report asserted that more than 500,000 individuals experience homelessness across the United States. However, despite the demonstrated need and the effectiveness of the LIHTC, Congress has not increased the program’s annual allocation in 16 years.
 
“This legislation has broad support and is important to our cities, our residents, and our nation,” said Mayor Bronin. “We urge your committee to pass S. 2962, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act expeditiously."
 
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) introduced The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 2962). Mayors from across the country have penned letters in support of the bill, including: Ed Murray (Seattle, WA); Bill de Blasio (New York City, NY); Steve Adler (Austin, TX); Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles, CA); Charles Hales (Portland, OR); Betsy Hodges (Minneapolis, MN); Dan Horrigan (Akron, OH); Sly James (Kansas City, MO); Ed Lee (San Francisco, CA); Jeri Muoio (West Palm Beach, FL); Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (Baltimore, MD); and Marty Walsh (Boston, MA).
 
Read the full-text of Mayor Bronin’s letter in support of the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act (S. 2962) below.
 
 
Dear Chairman Hatch and Ranking Member Wyden:
 
I am writing to register my strong support for quick passage of S. 2962, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to reform and expand the low-income housing tax credit. This bipartisan legislation currently under consideration in your Committee would help strengthen the highly successful Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program by 50 percent, and help create or preserve over 1.3 million affordable homes throughout the country over the next decade.
 
Access to safe and affordable housing is essential for the health and well-being of Hartford’s residents and the economic strength of our community. Many of our residents spend a disproportionately high percentage of their income on housing, leaving little for other necessities such as food, healthcare, education and transportation to employment. The LIHTC has long been one of the most effective tools available to address rental housing shortages and increase access to affordable housing.
 
Your leadership is critical. A 50 percent expansion of the 9 percent LIHTC allocation will provide an important resource to support the creation or preservation of an estimated 400,000 additional affordable rental units over the next ten years. The legislation also permits income averaging for both the 4 percent and 9 percent credits, which will allow developers to serve a wider band of people across the income spectrum. Many low and moderate income families miss out on the opportunity to secure much-needed affordable housing due to the very narrow income bands prescribed in the current program.
 
Importantly, the LIHTC Program also harnesses the private market in support of the public good and is one of the most effective tools for public-private partnerships in housing. Developers compete to be awarded credits for their housing projects and then sell the credits to investors to raise equity. These public-private partnerships benefit of broad spectrum of residents, from those who are formerly homeless, to seniors and working families priced out of high-cost rentals.
 
Further, the tax credit is an important job creator, generating approximately $7.1 billion in economic income and roughly 96,000 jobs per year across many industries.
 
This legislation has broad support and is important to our cities, our residents, and our nation. I urge your committee to pass S. 2962, the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act expeditiously.
 
Respectfully,

Luke Bronin
Mayor of Hartford, Conn.

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STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON TODAY’S VOTE IN THE U.S. SENATE ON FOUR GUN BILLS

STATEMENT: MAYOR BRONIN ON TODAY’S VOTE IN THE U.S. SENATE ON FOUR GUN BILLS

"Enough is enough. We need Congress to pass these bills.” — Mayor Luke Bronin

HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 20, 2016)BACKGROUND: Today, the U.S. Senate plans to vote on four gun bills, including an amendment sponsored by Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) — co-sponsored by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) — that would close the “gun show loophole” by requiring every gun purchaser to undergo a background check. It would also expand the background check database (click here for more info: http://wapo.st/28JpxcD).

In advance of the U.S. Senate taking up these four bills, Mayor Luke Bronin made the following on-the-record statement:

“I’m urging Congress to pass necessary, common sense gun laws today. As a nation, we continue to see tragedies mount as easy access to military-style weapons allows sick and evil individuals to inflict more pain than anyone should be capable of inflicting. The majority of Americans support background checks for gun shows, expansion of the federal background check database, banning gun sales to people on the federal no-fly watch list, and making it harder to buy assault weapons. Connecticut is grateful for the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the rest of our congressional delegation who have been strong, consistent advocates for common-sense gun reform, and it’s time their colleagues step forward and join them. Enough is enough. We need Congress to pass these bills.”

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MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES NEW HARTFORD RESIDENT SERVICE CENTER

MAYOR BRONIN LAUNCHES NEW HARTFORD RESIDENT SERVICE CENTER
 
HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 15, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin announced the launch of a new Hartford Resident Service Center located on the ground floor of City Hall (550 Main Street). The Resident Service Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, and representatives are available to help residents navigate City Hall and report quality of life concerns.
 
“For years, it’s bothered me that the resident service center on the first floor of City Hall was empty and dark, while residents wandered around looking for help,” said Mayor Bronin. "Now, when residents come in seeking information or assistance, they’ll see our welcome center staffed and ready to help. Sometimes small things can make a real difference, and I hope this new welcome center will send a strong message that we are focused on serving our customers – the residents and taxpayers of Hartford.
 
The Resident Service Center will be staffed by representatives of Hartford 311, which has been moved into the Office of Community Engagement. Representatives will continue to take 311 calls, a system intended to provide an easy and streamlined way for residents, businesses, and visitors to request City services ranging from pothole repair and sanitation to streetlights and blight.
 
The Resident Service Center can be accessed anywhere within the City from both landlines and cell phones, and should only be used for non-emergencies. The Resident Service Center will be available through several different platforms, including:

• Mobile: Download the Hartford 311 app for your iPhone or iPad from the Apple Store
• Web: http://www.publicstuff.com/submit
• Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
• Phone: dial 3-1-1 or (860) 757-9311 from landlines

With the launch of the Resident Service Center, Mayor Bronin has taken another step to streamline City services for Hartford residents.
 
“Thanks to Mayor Bronin’s leadership we are very excited to promote the launch of a visible and responsive Hartford Welcome Center," said Janice Castle, Director of Community Engagement. "We lean on the residents of Hartford to be our eyes and ears in the neighborhoods, and we encourage them to utilize the services we provide to make Hartford the best city it can be.”

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MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION AND PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN

MAYOR BRONIN URGES CONGRESS TO TAKE ACTION AND PASS AN ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN
“We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.” — Mayor Bronin


HARTFORD, CONN. (JUNE 14, 2016) — Today, Mayor Luke Bronin called on Congress to take action by passing a common-sense ban on assault weapons in the wake of a massacre in Orlando — targeting the LGBT community — the largest mass shooting in U.S. History.

“It should not be possible for an individual filled with hate to walk into a gun store and walk out with a military-style assault weapon,” said Mayor Bronin. "As a nation, we’ve seen tragedies mount as military-style assault weapons allow a sick and evil individual to inflict more pain than one individual should be capable of inflicting. Enough is enough.”

In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban, prohibiting the manufacture, transfer, and possession of 19 specific semi-automatic assault weapons, including AK-47s, AR15s, Uzis, and MAC-10s — ammunition devices that could fire 10 or more rounds.

The Assault Weapons Ban expired in September 2004. Since then, several mass shootings have occurred that involved weapons that were previously illegal under the Assault Weapons Ban, including: Virginia Tech, VA (2007); Fort Hood, TX (2009); Tucson, AZ (2011); Newtown, CT (2012); and Orlando, FL (2016).

Following one of the worst mass shootings in American history that involved the killing of 20 children and six teachers in Newtown, CT, Gov. Malloy signed common-sense gun legislation expanding Connecticut’s assault weapons ban.

In December of last year, Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced The Assault Weapons Ban of 2015 (H.R. 4269), which would renew the Assault Weapons Ban that expired in 2004. The bill has 125 co-sponsors, including: Rep. John Larson (D-CT); Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT); Rep. Elizabeth Esty (D-CT); and Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT). The last action on the bill was referring it to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations on January 15, 2016.

“In Connecticut, Governor Malloy and legislators have enacted some of the toughest gun laws in the country, including an expanded assault weapons ban,” said Mayor Bronin “Connecticut is grateful for the leadership of Senators Blumenthal and Murphy and the rest of our congressional delegation who have been strong, consistent advocates for common-sense gun reform, and it’s time their colleagues step forward. We don’t need moments of silence in Congress, we need votes, and we need action.”

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