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Affordable Housing , Community Development

March IForum Recap: Connecticut's Missing Middle Housing

29 March 2019
Partnership for Strong Communities

On Wednesday, March 27th, 2019, housing advocates from across the region gathered at The Lyceum in Hartford for the Partnership for Strong Communities' first IForum of 2019, titled Past and Future Housing: Connecticut's Missing Middle. This event brought together over 120 attendees to discuss Connecticut's small- and medium-sized multifamily housing stock, which is an important but aging source of affordable housing in the state.

PSC Executive Director Kiley Gosselin gives the welcome address.

The event began with a short welcome and introduction from Kiley Gosselin, PSC's Executive Director, and Kayleigh Pratt, PSC Policy Analyst and event organizer. Andrew Jakabovics, Vice President of Policy Development at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. provided the keynote presentation, which went into detail on why "middle housing" is important for affordability nationwide, and in Connecticut specifically.

Andrew Jakabovics presents on Connecticut's historic multi-family housing stock.

The event continued with a panel discussion titled "On-The-Ground Strategies," which brought together a diverse set of perspectives from across the housing and development sectors. Panelists included Elyse Pitts, Director of Innovation at Housing Development Fund, Inc., Tony Denorfia, Owner of AA Denorfia Building & Development, LLC, Kevin Taylor, Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Waterbury, Inc., and Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens, Community Outreach & Education Coordinator at Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc. The panel was moderated by keynote speaker Andrew Jakabovics.

L-R: Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens, Tony Denorfia, Elyse Pitts, Andrew Jakabovics, Kevin Taylor.

Key themes in the panel discussion were the need for zoning reform, the rising cost of housing development, and the need for state investment in new development.

We'd like to thank everyone who expressed interest in our first IForum of 2019! To those of you who were able to attend, thank you for your support of our mission and we are so happy that you were able to hear from our wonderful keynote speaker and panelists.

To those who registered but could not attend, thank you for showing interest in our event, and we hope you will consider attending the next IForum in our series, which is focused on race, eviction, and family housing.

And finally, to those who donated or sponsored, thank you for your generosity and spirit of giving. You help keep IForums free, which is why we conduct this series -- to inform and educate the public on important issues in housing and homelessness.

For anyone who wants to stay informed on housing issues in Connecticut, please sign up for our e-newsletters here. Our newsletters, Partnership News and Housing News Digest, provide a look into the most pressing issues in the housing and homelessness sectors.

To inquire about sponsoring an individual IForum or the whole series, please email for details.

Once again, thank you for making the 2019 IForums a success!