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PSC Statement on Closing of the Affordable Housing Alliance of Connecticut

1 July 2020

Dear Partners and Friends,

Like many of you, we are saddened to hear that our partners at the Affordable Housing Alliance of Connecticut have closed their doors.  For several decades, the Alliance, formerly the Connecticut Housing Coalition, played a vital leading role in advocating for the rights of tenants and supporting developers and affordable housing allies across our state. Most recently, Executive Director Florence Villano and the excellent AHA staff have been integral, involved partners of both the statewide affordable housing campaign, HOMEConnecticut, and the statewide campaign to end homelessness, Reaching Home. Florence’s leadership, and the dedication of the AHA board of directors and staff throughout the years is truly commendable. We are deeply grateful for their tireless efforts. Connecticut has become and will continue to become a better place to live for thousands of families because of their hard work.

As we all know, there is still so much work to be done. It is hard to think of a time when the need to ensure a safe, affordable place to call home for every resident, regardless of race or income, has been more important. Now is the time to double down on our efforts to improve access to quality affordable housing and opportunity for all CT’s residents, especially those that have been historically excluded, segregated, and discriminated against. Guided by that north star, the Partnership for Strong Communities has begun a strategic planning and restructuring of HOMEConnecticut. We will work to understand and meet the needs of more partners and stakeholders under our umbrella. In the coming weeks and months, we will reach out to you. We hope you will engage with us and offer your unique insight and innovation to help shape affordable housing policy and implementation in Connecticut. If you and/or your organization have not been connected with HOMEConnecticut in the past, we welcome you and look forward to your thoughts and ideas. Please reach out to me directly: kiley@pschousing.org.

Finally, like many of you, we found great value in AHA’s annual conference that brought together affordable housing partners, developers, legislators and allies. Partnership for Strong Communities is committed to continuing the educational content and networking that the conference afforded. We are working to provide a virtual opportunity to connect and learn together this fall and will reach out with more information soon.

In partnership,

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Kiley Gosselin
Executive Director
Partnership for Strong Communities