I spoke in the House Chamber in full support of SB 959, which establishes new standards that will be developed to identify and remediate mold in residential housing. The bill also creates guidelines for limiting exposure to mold. By establishing these standards, we can ensure that mold-related issues are consistently and effectively addressed across the state.
Congressman Joe Courtney, along with Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy have also emphasized the urgent need for comprehensive reform at the federal level. Senator Blumenthal has joined me for many visits to the 442 unit neighborhood to meet with the Tenants Union. I’ve also worked closely with Congressman Courtney’s office who has been hard at work drafting a federal mold legislation.
Leaders from Ledge Light Health District, the town manager, city and town mayors, and our local legislative bodies, including Town Councilor Portia Bordelon, have called for action to empower tenants to report violations and receive assistance. They have also highlighted the importance of inspections, distributing educational materials, and providing guidance to families.
The dire situation at Branford Manor in Groton serves as a glaring example of the failures in executive oversight and regulatory enforcement when it pertains to affordable housing in Connecticut. Despite the substantial funds allocated for renovations and repairs, there has been a lack of accountability that should exist for the very purpose of protecting families. No family should ever be forced to live in deplorable living conditions.