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CHC Conference A Major Success: Partnership Plays Several Roles


Senior staff from the Partnership for Strong Communities led workshops ranging from affordable housing’s place in Transit-Oriented Development to the use of various data sources to explain housing market demand and supply at the 2011 Connecticut Housing Coalition Conference Oct. 19, 2011 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The annual event, attended by more than 500 housing advocates, planners, municipal and regional officials, developers, bankers and others, is the major housing policy event of the year.

The Partnership’s Executive Director, Howard Rifkin, participated in a workshop on Collective Impact, featuring panelists from Boston’s Dudley Street Initiative. Rifkin and the other panelists discussed collective impact’s model for lasting change: ensuring that all relevant parties are around the table and have a shared understanding of the problems and solutions, a clear way of measuring progress and how to create a structure that drives lasting change.

CHC Conference
Our view during lunch at the conference.

Meanwhile, Policy Director David Fink, a member of the CHC board, organized and moderated a workshop called "Riding the Rails: CT’s TOD Opportunity.”" The panelists - CHFA Chief Housing Officer Dara Kovel, DOT Planning and Policy Bureau Chief Tom Maziarz, CRCOG Executive Director Lyle Wray and RPA Vice President David Kooris - painted a picture of affordable and mixed-income housing near rail stations and Busway stops that could enhance affordability both through the cost of the housing and reductions in household transportation and energy costs. Maziarz said DOT was particularly focused on "transit-supportive development" which he defined as commercial enterprises that can serve customers using transit and housing for low- and moderate-income residents who, unlike upper-income residents, are more likely to use public transit.

In the afternoon, Senior Policy Analyst Christy Rubenstein moderated a workshop which she organized focused on "Telling Our Stories Using Data."  The workshop featured panelists discussing data sources and offering suggestions on ways to effectively use data in storytelling to convey the need for affordable housing and solutions to end homelessness.  Presenters included: Megan DeCrappeo Bolton, Research Analyst at the National Low Income Housing Coalition; Sarah Zucker, Research Manager at the CT Coalition to End Homelessness; Matt Morgan, Executive Director of Journey Home; and Tony Lyons, Vice President at the National Equity Fund and President of the HOPE Partnership.


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