The Partnership’s annual IForum are an opportunity to showcase the interdisciplinary nature of housing policy. With connections to various public policy issues - from education to health, economic security to sustainability and community development, environment and energy use to transit - housing plays a crucial role in our state’s economic health and sense of community. Through our IForums, we strive to educate the public about the challenges of our state’s communities and engage the public in discussions about the possible solutions for these issues.
Our IForums feature speakers and panelists from the local, state, regional and national levels who bring deep knowledge, innovative ideas, first-hand experience, and useful resources regarding the forum topic. In addition, a crucial part of each IForum is interaction, dialogue and learning with and from the audience members.
In 2009 and 2010, the Partnership embarked on a series of events entitled “Housing: The Hub of Public Policy.” a medium to educate the public and policymakers about the connections between housing policy and other major public policy issues, including education, transportation, the environment, healthcare, municipal finance, the workforce and support services.
The Partnership hosted the 2009 series as a step towards our goal of educating the public on how affordable housing plays a part in solving a wide range of public policy problems. In 2010, the Partnership collaborated with the CT Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the CT Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) to host a series of workshops aimed at creating policy alternatives for critical housing, education, transportation, healthcare, homelessness and workforce issues.
After exploring these various issues and their connections to one another through the 2009-2010 event series, the Partnership’s event series evolved in 2011 into the IForum series. The IForums have focused on innovative solutions to pressing public policy issues that are connected to the Partnership’s work on affordable housing, homelessness and community development. Working with partners across the public, private and nonprofit sectors, the Partnership uses the IForum series to explore issues with an eye on real world solutions that can be implemented in our state.