Strong Communities

Transit-Oriented Development

Learn more about resources for creating sustainable, equitable communities near transit. 

“Idea Factories” offers first-hand ideas and advice from community leaders and town residents on what works and what doesn’t when towns decide on development priorities.

Loving The Hollander:

The Hollander is the "best thing" to happen to her because it gave her a quiet, secure and stable environment in which to live. Her grandchildren play in Bushnell Park and can catch a bus right in front of the building. There are always places to go eat and be entertained.

What We're Doing About It

The Partnership is dedicated to helping communities achieve sustainable, mixed-use and mixed-income places to live for all of Connecticut's households. We work to make sure that, in addition to housing being affordable for those households, comfortable and safe housing can be found near transit, developments are built or preserved in an environmentally friendly manner, and that communities are strengthened by engaging residents with things like youth sports leagues and civic engagement organizations.

What We Know

Developing strong communities encompasses a wide variety of actions and approaches. Some community development work focuses on changing individual lives as a path to changing the larger community. Thus, job training programs, financial literacy or after-school programs for children are part of the world of community development. Other work seeks to improve community life through capital investments and economic development in a specific neighborhood or area.

 
 
 

A Home Is Not Just A House

The ability to afford a residence - to not have to spend more than 30 percent of one’s income on housing, so that there is enough left for other necessities - is undeniably important. But an affordable house or apartment must also be linked to good schools, adequate community services, convenient transportation, access to affordable high-quality food and other necessities. The Partnership for Strong Communities has worked hard to focus the attention of policymakers on the creation of not just affordable homes but also vibrant neighborhoods and communities.

A Multidisciplinary Approach

The Partnership is working to strengthen all municipalities in the state. It recognizes that strong communities require affordable homes, affordable and convenient transportation, schools with resources, neighborhoods with libraries, youth athletics and activities, and many other services that meet the needs of individuals and families. As a result, we have brought together experts in transportation, environmental quality, educational achievement, health care and other disciplines to discuss and shape solutions that build communities and opportunity upon a foundation of affordable housing.

A Focus on Community Development

Using its ability to convene experts and scholars, the Partnership has sponsored forums on Urban Housing and Community Development, Housing, Education and Healthcare, and Food Insecurity. It also plays a leading role in research and policymaking through federal Sustainable Communities Initiative grants which focus on transit-oriented development - the marriage of energy-efficient affordable housing in walkable, sustainable locations near public transit - and the continuing HOMEConnecticut program, which works to create affordable housing options in town centers, near transit and other smart-growth locations.

In all cases, the goal is the same: develop affordable housing and strong communities, in concert.

Housing Is the Key

By providing affordable homes for workers, families, empty-nesters, young professionals and others, communities can increase their tax bases, lower their expenses and keep families strong.

 

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