The Partnership employs a staff of policy analysts to oversee work by research consultants, compile data, write reports on Connecticut's housing situation and work with competitively chosen interns. Our outreach materials are based on solid data aggregated from state and federal government sources, think-tanks and policy organizations, and business groups.
We issue reports and publications, including the HousingInCT annual barometer of Connecticut housing market conditions, the biannual Housing Data Profiles analysis of housing in Connecticut municipalities, and a range of fact sheets and email communications that are sent to members of Congress and the General Assembly, their staffs, mayors and first selectmen, planners and a range of other government, non-profit and private-sector partners.
The Partnership also publishes a number of shorter fact sheets and one-pagers, which discuss contemporary topics in housing and homelessness across Connecticut. Our fact sheet archive can be viewed here.
Housing in CT 2019, the Partnership for Strong Communities’ annual assessment of housing in the state shows that Connecticut ranks among the lowest in the nation when it comes to affordability and housing construction.
The report finds that nearly half of Connecticut's renter population spends over 30% of their income on housing. A quarter of this population spends over 50% of their income on housing, virtually ensuring that these households will not have enough money left over for health care, child care, groceries, and other essential expenses. In 2018, Connecticut had the 9th highest housing costs in the country, with only 38 affordable rental units per 100 extremely low-income households.
Housing in CT 2019 brings together data from a variety of sources - from the Census Bureau, the CT Department of Housing, National Low Income Housing Coalition, and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development - to describe housing conditions in the state, focusing on the housing needs of the state's most economically vulnerable residents. Click here to read the full report.
Homelessness in Connecticut 2019 provides an overview of Connecticut's homelessness crisis, as well as the progress Connecticut has made in drastically reducing the number of people experiencing homelessness.
From 2012 to 2018, the number of people utilizing Connecticut's shelter system decreased by 40%. This shows a significant decline in the number of Connecticut residents experiencing homelessness, a fact reflected by the statistics in Connecticut's By-Name List (BNL).
Despite measurable progress in reducing homelessness, there are still far too many people experiencing serious housing instability and homelessness in Connecticut, including many children. As of 5/21/19, there were over 1,600 individuals experiencing homelessness on the BNL, including 494 children in families, and 217 unaccompanied youth under the age of 25. BNL data also shows significant racial and gender disparities in homelessness, as the vast majority of families entering shelter were headed by women of color. Click here to read the full report.
Coordinated Access is the linchpin of Connecticut's homelessness response system, receiving nearly 70,000 calls for housing assistance every year. In 2018, thousands of families received housing assistance directly through the Coordinated Access Networks (CANs) Despite this, the CANs are often at risk of being defunded.
Shelter use in Connecticut has decreased by over 33 percent since the statewide implementation of the CAN system. It is one of the most important tools we have to fight homelessness in Connecticut, and a more stable and permanent source of funding is needed.
Supportive housing is a proven, cost-effective means of reintegrating families and individuals with mental illness, substance use or chronic health challenges into the community by addressing their basic needs for housing and on-going support.
Supportive housing is a solution for those with high needs experiencing homelessness because it addresses its root causes. It is an alternative to more expensive and less effective institutional settings. The Partnership's analysis of supportive housing programs shows that they can be up to 40 times cheaper than other commonly used forms of support, such as inpatient hospitalization, incarceration, and emergency rooms.
In an effort to provide insight regarding a wide array of housing issues, the Partnership for Strong Communities has released updated Housing Data Profiles for each municipality in the state, along with a statewide profile and profiles for each county.
The 2018 Housing Data Profiles details the current housing stock and needs across Connecticut, and includes charts and graphs visualizing data on housing stock, income, race, age distribution of residents, housing characteristics (age of housing stock, number of single-family or multifamily homes, number of bedrooms in homes), housing costs and affordability, housing production and affordable units. In addition, the updated Housing Data Profiles include a narrative analysis of housing conditions for each municipality and a list of Key Stats.
HousingInCT2017, the Partnership for Strong Communities’ annual assessment of housing in the state shows that the housing situation brightened somewhat in the last year, with slightly fewer residents burdened by their housing costs, home values rising and median monthly housing costs falling. The Malloy administration continued to finance creation of thousands of new affordable units while the housing market saw an increase in home sales. The number of state residents experiencing homelessness fell to a five-year low, and the state draws closer to its goal of ending chronic homelessness.
However, rents remain too costly - 8th highest in the nation, while the state’s nearly unparalleled income disparity kept low- and moderate-income families struggling to stay housed while affording other necessities.
HousingInCT2017 brings together data from a variety of sources - from the Census Bureau, the CT Department of Housing, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, the United Way of Connecticut, and others - to describe housing conditions in the state, focusing on the housing needs of the state's most economically vulnerable residents. Click here to read the full report - HousingInCT2017: The Latest Measures of Affordability.
That information and much, much more is now available in the Partnership for Strong Communities’ 2015 Housing Data Profiles. The individual profiles – an update of Partnership’s 2013 Housing Data 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 (age of housing stock, number of single-family or multifamily homes, number of bedrooms in homes), housing costs and affordability, housing production and affordable units. In addition, the updated Housing Data Profiles include a narrative analysis of housing conditions for each municipality and a list of Key Stats.
The Opening Doors for Youth Plan was released by the Opening Doors-CT Homeless Youth Workgroup. It which provides guidance for how to end homelessness in Connecticut for youth and young adults. This plan was created from a year long, multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at creating a comprehensive integrated network of services for homeless and unstably housed young people ages 14-24 in Connecticut. Opening Doors for Youth outlines the vision of creating a future when all young people in Connecticut have safe, stable places to live and opportunities to reach their full potential.
A new policy brief released by the Partnership for Strong Communities, Housing and Early Childhood: Building Brighter Futures, highlights the impact of housing and homelessness on children birth to 5 years. For example, in 2013, 1295 CT children
age birth to 5 lived in emergency shelter or transitional housing. These numbers are disconcerting given that infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who are homeless have an increased risk of developmental delays, physical and mental health conditions, and behavioral problems, compared to their housed peers. Improving early childhood development and well-being depends on a comprehensive approach through increased collaboration between systems, such as the education, employment, housing, health care, transportation and child care systems. Click here to read the full brief.
The Reaching Home Campaign has published a new report – Economic Security and Housing Stability: Collection of Innovative Practices – that looks at successful examples of programs that combine homelessness and employment services. The publication includes descriptions of 13 different programs throughout the country and within Connecticut, highlighting the most successful components of each model so that communities in Connecticut can gain insight into their practices.
The report offers information on the core program elements for each model, including goals and objectives, actors and partners, funding, implementation strategy and assessment strategy. A list of resources is also included in the report.
Invisible No More, is the result of a year of research that included input from 98 young people who are or have been homeless. The study found that such youth often are not connected to services, and populations within the youth who are most vulnerable to housing insecurity are LGBT, trafficked, and/or have some involvement with the juvenile justice or child welfare systems. Young men and boys of color are also especially vulnerable, according to the study.
Capturing the Value of Transit
TOD could create tremendous value in the future, but Connecticut and its municipalities need money now to build out the transit systems and invest in infrastructure, streets, planning, administration and much more that will support vibrant development.
This paper - Capturing the Value of Transit: Harnessing Connecticut’s
Future to Create Healthy Transit Neighborhoods - explores innovative financing approaches to bridge the gap between current needs and future revenue growth.
Prepared for the Capitol Region Council of Governments and the Sustainable Knowledge Corridor Consortium by Partnership for Strong Communities and the University of Connecticut Center for Land Use Education and Research.
The Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT
Working together, CT Fund for the Environment, Partnership for Strong Communities, Regional Plan Association and Tri-State Transportation Campaign have developed a Transit-Oriented Development Toolkit for CT that focuses on several core concepts to creating sustainable TOD in Connecticut: community and placemaking, mixed-income housing, complete streets, parking, green infrastructure and energy. The TOD Toolkit for CT offers descriptions of concepts, techniques and resources for Connecticut’s communities. Funding was provided by the One Region Funders Group.
The ability to afford a home in Connecticut remains challenging in many of the state’s municipalities in spite of significant declines in median home sales prices throughout the state in 2011, according to data presented in the Partnership's Affordability in Connecticut 2011 report. The report offers insight on the ability of average households to buy a home in today’s housing market.
Although home sales prices continued to fall in 2011, there remained 88 towns and cities in the state where the state median household income was not enough to qualify for a mortgage for a home at the median sales price in 2011 according to Affordability in Connecticut 2011. This is an improvement from 2010, when there were 112 municipalities unaffordable by this measure.
The town median household income was not high enough to qualify for a typical mortgage for the median-priced home in 54 towns and cities in Connecticut in 2011, whereas 96 were unaffordable when looking at town income in 2010.
The study, was done with the support and data of The Warren Group and data from the Connecticut Economic Resource Center.
In Connecticut, the achievement gap between white and minority children is the largest in the nation despite the fact that the state enjoys the second highest per capita income in the nation. Income inequality has led to housing disparity and numerous studies have found that housing quality, affordability and location can significantly impact school performance. In Housing & Educational Success: Closely Connected, the Partnership examines some of the links among housing, school performance and the well being of children, and highlights recent studies that are of particular note. As the brief notes:
Families who are homeless, or frequently move, may be forced to transfer their children from school to school in mid-year, increasing the likelihood of classroom and social difficulties. Insecure housing situations can lead to emotional and behavioral problems, and substandard housing can cause physical maladies.
With increased focus on bridging the achievement gap in CT, we must consider not just a child's experiences from 9am to 3pm, but the conditions that s/he experiences from 3pm to 9am as well.
Learn more in Housing & Educational Success: Closely Connected.
Hearing feedback from people who have attempted to navigate the homelessness assistance and housing service systems is critical to addressing the barriers associated with exiting homelessness and maintaining housing stability. This Consumer Feedback report summarizes the findings of six focus groups conducted by the Reaching Home Campaign and will be used to help inform the work of Opening Doors-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. A feature on our website - 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.
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Housing News Digest is a compilation of links to news articles from Connecticut's major daily newspapers, regional and national publications covering homelessness, affordable housing, supportive housing and other important issues. It is published weekly on Thursdays.
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