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Research Associates Program

The Partnership for Strong Communities Research Associates Program engages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) freelance writers and researchers to produce policy and research materials on housing, community development, and homelessness in Connecticut. This opportunity offers the benefit of both competitive compensation and opportunities to publish in local and statewide news outlets and journals, as well as the Partnership’s website.

What types of content do Research Associates produce?

Research Associates will produce original research and writing that furthers the Partnership for Strong Communities mission to end homelessness and expand housing opportunity in Connecticut. A few examples of possible Research Associates content include:

  • An original research brief on the availability of affordable housing near transit stations.
  • A fact sheet with policy proposals for improving the health of public housing residences.
  • A first-person essay on the writer’s personal experience with housing instability.

Research Associates will be contracted through the Partnership to write articles and policy briefs, as well as to conduct original research. At the outset of the project, the research associate will consult with PSC’s staff on a realistic timeline and budget for the program.

Who is eligible to apply?

Writers and researchers of BIPOC backgrounds who have an interest in public policy as it relates to housing, community development, and homelessness in Connecticut.

How to apply

Please email Egzon Balidemaj at with a copy of your resume, a short description of why you are interested in participating in the Research Associates Program, and any ideas for original writing or research that you would be interested in exploring through the Research Associates Program.

About us

Partnership for Strong Communities is a statewide nonprofit policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ending homelessness, expanding affordable housing, and building strong communities in Connecticut. We believe that a strong community begins with a home for each of its members. A home is the foundation for strong neighborhoods, economic opportunity, healthy people, and educational success. To this end, the Partnership creates and promotes proven solutions for homelessness, supportive and affordable housing, and community development. We connect key state and federal policymakers, local officials, corporate leaders and non-for-profit organizations so that public and private resources can be wisely used to affect positive changes in policies that make our communities better places to live and work.

Questions about the program? Contact Egzon at

Click here for a .pdf flyer with information on the Research Associates Program.