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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 Opening Doors for Youth Plan was released by the Opening Doors-CT Homeless Youth Workgroup. It which provides guidance for how to end homelessness in Connecticut for youth and young adults. This plan was created from a year long, multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at creating a comprehensive integrated network of services for homeless and unstably housed young people ages 14-24 in Connecticut. Opening Doors for Youth outlines the vision of creating a future when all young people in Connecticut have safe, stable places to live and opportunities to reach their full potential.
A new policy brief released by the Partnership for Strong Communities, Housing and Early Childhood: Building Brighter Futures, highlights the impact of housing and homelessness on children birth to 5 years. For example, in 2013, 1295 CT children
age birth to 5 lived in emergency shelter or transitional housing. These numbers are disconcerting given that infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are homeless have an increased risk of developmental delays, physical and mental health conditions, and behavioral problems, compared to their housed peers. Improving early childhood development and well-being depends on a comprehensive approach through increased collaboration between systems, such as the education, employment, housing, health care, transportation and child care systems. Click here to read the full brief.
Connecticut remained one of the most expensive states to buy or rent a home last year and the demand for rental housing increased significantly, according to HousingInCT2014, the Partnership for Strong Communities' annual gauge of the state's housing conditions. While data showed a 4% decline in homelessness and a 10% decline in chronic homelessness, housing prices remained out of reach for many Connecticut households according to data presented in the report.
HousingInCT2014 brings together data from a variety of sources - from the Census Bureau, the CT Department of Housing, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, the United Ways of Connecticut, and others - to paint the picture of housing conditions in the state, focusing on the housing needs of the state's economically vulnerable residents. Click here to read the full report - HousingInCT2014: The Latest Measures of Affordability. A one-page summary - HousingInCT2014: Highlights and Key Facts - is also available by clicking here.
The Reaching Home Campaign has released its 2014 Progress Report, looks at the Opening Doors-Connecticut target populations - individuals experiencing chronic homelessness, Veterans, families with children and unaccompanied youth – and provides updated population data and descriptions of initiatives specifically aimed at ending homelessness among these groups. Updates on a variety of system-wide initiatives are also included, providing an overview of the work being done by homeless service providers, government agencies, advocacy and policy organizations, housing developers and philanthropies.
The Reaching Home Campaign was relaunched in 2012. Read the 2013 Progress Report to see what was accomplished in the first year.
The Reaching Home Campaign has published a new report – Economic Security and Housing Stability: Collection of Innovative Practices – that looks at successful examples of programs that combine homelessness and employment services. The publication includes descriptions of 13 different programs throughout the country and within Connecticut, highlighting the most successful components of each model so that communities in Connecticut can gain insight into their practices.
The report offers information on the core program elements for each model, including goals and objectives, actors and partners, funding, implementation strategy and assessment strategy. A list of resources is also included in the report.
Invisible No More, is the result of a year of research that included input from 98 young people who are or have been homeless. The study found that such youth often are not connected to services, and populations within the youth who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity are LGBT, trafficked, and/or have some involvement with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. Young men and boys of color are also especially vulnerable, according to the study.
Housing Data Profiles
The Partnership for Strong Communities has created housing data profiles for each municipality in the state, along with a statewide profile and profiles for each of Connecticut's counties.
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.
Capturing the Value of Transit
TOD could create tremendous value in the future, but Connecticut and its municipalities need money now to build out the transit systems and invest in infrastructure, streets, planning, administration and much more that will support vibrant development.
This paper - Capturing the Value of Transit: Harnessing Connecticut’s
Future to Create Healthy Transit Neighborhoods - explores innovative financing approaches to bridge the gap between current needs and future revenue growth.
Prepared for the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Consortium by Partnership for Strong Communities and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.
The Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT
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.
The ability to afford a home in Connecticut remains challenging in many of the state’s municipalities in spite of significant declines in median home sales prices throughout the state in 2011, according to data presented in the Partnership's Affordability in Connecticut 2011 report. The report offers insight on the ability of average households to buy a home in today’s housing market.
Although home sales prices continued to fall in 2011, there remained 88 towns and cities in the state where the state median household income was not enough to qualify for a mortgage for a home at the median sales price in 2011 according to Affordability in Connecticut 2011. This is an improvement from 2010, when there were 112 municipalities unaffordable by this measure.
The town median household income was not high enough to qualify for a typical mortgage for the median-priced home in 54 towns and cities in Connecticut in 2011, whereas 96 were unaffordable when looking at town income in 2010.
The study, was done with the support and data of The Warren Group and data from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.
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.