CT Mirror: Lamont’s ‘Debt Diet’ Hits an Already Lean Nonprofit Safety Net

By Keith M. Phaneuf, CTMirror.org
March 4, 2018

Connecticut’s private, nonprofit social services community has been struggling since the early 2000s with minimal growth in state funding for the vast array of programs it provides.

And under Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed “debt diet,” the industry – which serves an estimated 500,000 clients statewide – would temporarily lose a key $25 million grant program that pays for building repairs, information technology upgrades, new equipment and other capital needs.

The capital grant “has become imperative in order for us to continue to do business,” said Barry Simon, CEO at Hartford-based Oak Hill School, the largest nonprofit agency serving clients with physical and intellectual disabilities.

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