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Municipal Resources: Housing Market & Need

Understanding the dynamics of a community's housing market is an important component in assessing the impact of new housing creation. There are a variety of resources provided below to help communities better understand the role affordable and multifamily housing can play in meeting the changing needs of residents. 

Fact Sheets

Surburban Connecticut
How housing development over the last half century has had a lasting effect on today’s housing market. 

Grand Lists Changes in Connecticut Towns
​Towns across the state are experiencing stagnant real property tax revenues, in part because they do not have an adequate array of housing units to attract and retain residents. 

Income and Jobs in Connecticut 
Many occupations that are staples of a healthy community cannot afford housing available in the towns where they work. 

Municipal Officials Assess Mixed‐Income Housing 
Local municipal officials affirm that affordable housing has not resulted in reduced property values or increased crime rates, but rather has been an asset to their communities.

Mixed-Income and Affordable Housing Doesn’t Lower Nearby Property Values
A study published by MIT found no significant differences between home values in neighborhoods with affordable housing developments and those in other parts of town.

New Housing Doesn’t Automatically Bring New Students and Inflate Your School
Affordable and mixed-income development does not necessarily bring new school-age children to town. Studies show that school budgets are not primarily sensitive to enrollments. 


2015 Housing Data Profiles
 individual town profiles highlight key housing statistics for all 169 municipalities in Connecticut, each county and the state as a whole. The 2015 Housing Data Profiles include charts and graphs visualizing data on housing stock, income, age distribution of residents, housing characteristics, housing costs and affordability, housing production and affordable units, along with a narrative analysis of housing conditions and a list of Key Stats.

Success Stories: Mixed-Income Housing in 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. 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

Rent Roulette

Think you can find an affordable apartment in expensive Connecticut? Play our video game, Rent Roulette, and see. Maybe you’ll land a job that allows you to live where you want. But maybe you’ll be like so many in our expensive state and have to settle for something less. Play the game and invite others to try their luck as well. 



Idea Factories
A 13-minute video showcasing how five CT towns - Bristol, Colchester, Hamden, Old Saybrook and Simsbury - engaged the public in town planning using various methods.


Planning Assistance Directory
This directory was prepared to help municipalities that are engaged in proactively developing their town's housing stock or studying feasibility and best practices for creating mixed-income housing. 

Housing Needs Questionnaire
Many Connecticut municipalities are devoting attention these days to whether they have the right mix of housing choices. This brief survey serves as an example of how towns can assess their residents’ perspective on the topic and explore their interest in developing a wider array of housing opportunities.


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