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The Partnership employs a staff of policy analysts to oversee work by research consultants, compile data, write reports on Connecticut's housing situation and work with competitively chosen interns. Our outreach materials are based on solid data aggregated from state and federal government sources, think-tanks and policy organizations, and business groups.
We issue reports and publications, including the HOMEConnecticut Annual Affordability in Connecticut report, the HousingInCT annual barometer of Connecticut housing market conditions, and a range of fact sheets and email communications that are sent to members of Congress and the General Assembly, their staffs, mayors and first selectmen, planners and a range of other government, non-profit and private-sector partners.
The high price of Connecticut housing, caused largely by a lack of supply, has contributed to a 10% increase in homelessness and has burdened 2 of every 5 households, forcing them to spend more than 30% of their incomes on housing alone, according to data compiled in the Partnership for Strong Communities’ HousingInCT2013 report. The Partnership publishes HousingInCT annually to provide the public with a snapshot of our state’s housing market and needs, using current data and research.
This year’s HousingInCT finds that Connecticut's median monthly housing costs are now 6th in the nation and its home values are 8th. Even as median home values fell to $268,000 from $278,000 a year ago, the state’s high housing costs remain uncompetitive compared to other states.
The housing profiles include data from the 2000 Census, the American Community Survey (2007-11, 2009-11 and/or 2012), 2-1-1 data from the United Way of Connecticut, population projections from the Connecticut State Data Center, foreclosure data from the Warren Group, and Affordable Housing Appeals List data collected by the CT Dept. of Housing.
In 2012, the Reaching Home Campaign was relaunched around Opening Doors – CT, an innovative framework to prevent and end homelessness in our state. As part of this new effort, stakeholders across various sectors worked to develop estimates of housing assistance needs that have shaped some of our work over the past year. The 2013 Reaching Home progress report aims to look at what we did in our first year, what unexpected events occurred to impact our work, and where we can improve moving forward.
Working together, CT Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association and Tri-State Transportation Campaign have developed a Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT that focuses on several core concepts to creating sustainable TOD in Connecticut: community and placemaking, mixed-income housing, complete streets, parking, green infrastructure and energy. The TOD Toolkit for CT offers descriptions of concepts, techniques and resources for Connecticut’s communities. Funding was provided by the One Region Funders Group.
In Connecticut, the achievement gap between white and minority children is the largest in the nation despite the fact that the state enjoys the second highest per capita income in the nation. Income inequality has led to housing disparity and numerous studies have found that housing quality, affordability and location can significantly impact school performance. In Housing & Educational Success: Closely Connected, the Partnership examines some of the links among housing, school performance and the well being of children, and highlights recent studies that are of particular note. As the brief notes:
Families who are homeless, or frequently move, may be forced to transfer their children from school to school in mid-year, increasing the likelihood of classroom and social difficulties. Insecure housing situations can lead to emotional and behavioral problems, and substandard housing can cause physical maladies.
With increased focus on bridging the achievement gap in CT, we must consider not just a child's experiences from 9am to 3pm, but the conditions that s/he experiences from 3pm to 9am as well.
Learn more in Housing & Educational Success: Closely Connected.
Hearing feedback from people who have attempted to navigate the homelessness assistance and housing service systems is critical to addressing the barriers associated with exiting homelessness and maintaining housing stability. This Consumer Feedback report summarizes the findings of six focus groups conducted by the Reaching Home Campaign and will be used to help inform the work of Opening Doors-CT.
After decades of increasing housing segregation in Connecticut and across the United States – which saw residents separated by income, race, age and their abilities and disabilities – mixed-income housing has begun breaking down those walls. A feature on our website - Success Stories: Mixed-Income Housing in CT - looks at two examples in Farmington and Wallingford where established mixed-income developments have prospered. The accompanying brief on the topic is available here.
Also, be sure to check out our email newsletters:
Housing Policy Briefs provides updates on recent and upcoming state and federal legislation, links to housing-related resources, articles and events and more. It is published one to two times a month.
Reaching Out is a bi-weekly update on the Reaching Home Campaign to end long-term homelessness in CT through the creation of 10,000 units of supportive housing by 2014.
The Housing News Digest is a compilation of links to news articles from Connecticut's major daily newspapers, regional and national publications covering homelessness, affordable housing, supportive housing and other important issues.