Hartford, CT – On February 3rd the Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) hosted its 2022 HOMEConnecticut Annual Meeting via zoom. This annual meeting serves as opportunity to learn about the important work of PSC’s HOMEConnecticut Campaign, a broad-based campaign working to address Connecticut's affordable housing shortage.
The meeting was kicked-off by PSC Executive Director Kiley Gosselin and included a panel of legislators and housing development experts/advocates who covered the importance of allocating new policies, resources, and investment into affordable housing in Connecticut-- which is ranked 10th in the top 10 worst states nationally for housing affordability.
During the meeting PSC also released its 2022 HOMEConnecticut Legislative Agenda and gave an overview of its main policy initiatives including:
- Investing more into RAPs (Rental Assistance Programs)
- Revising zoning regulations to allow as-of-right and affordable housing near transit.
- Compelling municipalities to maintain a fair share of housing for both low- and moderate-income households.
- Preserving strategic capital investments in affordable housing
PSC’s full HOMEConnecticut legislative agenda can be found here.
The Annual Meeting ended with a presentation on federal housing priorities by National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC). NLIHC’s HoUSed Campaign advocates for the critical resources needed to address the nation’s housing shortage.
“We host this meeting every year to send our priorities out into the legislative realm and begin our yearlong mission of voicing the dire need for more investment and focus on fighting what could become an affordable housing crisis in our state,” said Kiley Gosselin, Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities. “Each panelist and guest today were cognizant that if Connecticut continues to fail at developing a mass of new homes and not pushing municipalities to change zoning laws—we will place a heavy burden on future generations and bar so many citizens of Connecticut their human right to stable housing. We thank everyone for the engaging and constructive dialogue today and will surely utilize what we learned in discussions with legislators this session.”
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