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Advocacy: CLASS 2024 Public Policy Priorities

Energy Assistance

  • CLASS believes that LIHEAP energy assistance programs should have a simple application process, quick turnaround time, broad eligibility, and benefit amounts that reflect the prevailing price of heat and energy.

Homelessness, Affordable Housing and Housing Stability

  • CLASS supports legislative efforts to create a homeless response system that is immediate and provides timely access to emergency shelter for unhoused residents.
  • CLASS advocates for policies that foster an increased stock of safe, clean and affordable housing in all of Connecticut’s communities.
  • CLASS advocates for policies that safeguard the rights of tenants and homeowners while also encouraging landlords to invest in affordable housing units.

Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Conditions

  • CLASS advocates for easy access to substance use treatment for all residents who seek it.
  • CLASS supports an increase in community-based support services for people in recovery and people living with psychiatric disorders.
  • CLASS believes that opioid settlement funds should benefit people in recovery, people impacted by the opioid epidemic and the communities in which they reside.