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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.


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Project V.A.L

The development and redevelopment of mixed-income communities is as an important way to strengthen neighborhoods and improve opportunities for low-income families. Mixed-income communities are comprised of residents renting or owning their homes at varying rates based on their income levels.  However, financing of housing stock to accommodate diverse income bases has been a consistent challenge. This can be particularly impactful in the city of Hartford as it has a large stock of multifamily housing that comes with its own unique set of financing challenges.

In 2019, Trinity College graduate students Maria Dyane, Thalia Giraldo, Ryan Rea and Tamika Thurston examined the financial tools that exist to create mixed income housing on Vernon, Allen and Lincoln (V.A.L.) streets in the Barry Square neighborhood of Hartford, CT and how these tools impact investment on multi-family homes. In this memo, they define the benefits of and characterize successful mixed-income housing communities. The authors provide a comprehensive description of tools that currently exist to support the development and/or financing of the area’s dominant stock, 2-4 family houses. As a comparative case study, they explore the mixed-income housing community of the Village of Techwood in Atlanta, GA to highlight best practices for the city’s efforts in creating communities that attract and retain members of diverse economic backgrounds. Finally, they provide recommendations to support/enhance the development of mixed-income housing in the V.A.L neighborhood.

 

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AHAL Report CoverTrends and Changes in Assisted Housing in Connecticut

The Partnership for Strong Communities has released a new report from PSC policy director Sean Ghio, “Trends and Changes in Assisted Housing in Connecticut: A View from the Affordable Housing Appeals List, 2002 – 2020.” The Connecticut Department of Housing collects and maintains an annually published Affordable Housing Appeals List that provides a count of government-assisted and deed-restricted housing for each Connecticut municipality used to determine exemption from Section 8-30g. This report examines the last 19 years of data from the Affordable Housing Appeals List.

While the supply of assisted housing has grown in communities of all types across the state, assisted housing continues to be overwhelmingly concentrated in our cities. By 2020, the supply of assisted housing grew most in municipalities that already had the most assisted housing in 2002, most conspicuously Hartford.

 

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Connecticut's Ignored Homes cover

Connecticut’s Ignored Homes

The Partnership for Strong Communities has released a new report, “Connecticut’s Ignored Homes: The Case for Producing and Preserving Small Multifamily Housing.” The report argues that modestly-sized apartment buildings are the foundation of Connecticut’s affordable rental housing, and that continued building and preservation of these apartments is needed to lower the cost of rent and improve housing choice in the state.

While Connecticut has engaged in a long-overdue conversation about the need for zoning reform in the state, this report, authored by the Partnership’s Policy Director Sean Ghio, shows that diverse housing options have social and economic benefits for Connecticut communities.

 

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Building a More Equitable Homebuying System

Building A More Equitable Homebuying System

Fifty-three years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the wealth gap between Black and white Americans is as wide as it has ever been. A new report argues that flexible and equitable homeownership programs are key to closing this gap, while providing recommendations on how lawmakers in Connecticut and beyond can create better homeownership assistance programs.

Building A More Equitable Homebuying System, a report written by researcher Thalia Giraldo, provides an overview of how exclusionary practices have contributed to a massive gap in homeownership between Black and white families. At a time when Connecticut is engaged in a long-term discussion about the connection between housing and equity, this report provides a roadmap for building a more just state through homeownership programs.

 

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Housing Data Profiles

Housing Data Profiles

The Partnership for Strong Communities's Housing Data Profiles are a free resource to help Connecticut residents, developers, legislators, municipal officials, and others make data-informed decisions. Profiles are available for every town in the state, as well as each county, and the state as a whole.

Housing Data Profiles offer data on an array of housing metrics across Connecticut, providing users with information 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.

For the first time, Housing Data Profiles are interactive and web-based. By transitioning to a web-based platform, we can offer users more up-to-date data and exciting new features. Our new web-based platform offers users the ability to explore housing data, compare municipalities, as well as generate PDF town profiles.

 

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Housing in CT 2021

Housing and Homelessness in CT 2021

The Partnership for Strong Communities has released its yearly update on the state of homelessness and housing affordability in Connecticut. Housing in CT 2021 and Homelessness in CT 2021 provide a quick primer on Connecticut's need for stable, affordable housing. The coronavirus pandemic has increased the need for rent relief in Connecticut, while also widening the inequities that already existed in the state's housing market. Connecticut’s residents are burdened by the lack of modestly-priced rental options -- a problem which affects all communities, regardless of income levels, but is particularly devastating to Connecticut’s families of color. Data shows that Connecticut's homelessness response system continues to produce positive results, with fewer state residents entering shelter. There is still a massive need for resources, however, as indicated by the thousands of Connecticut residents still experiencing homelessness.

 

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