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New Report Shows: Connecticut's Lowest-Income Residents Lack Housing They Can Afford

18 March 2021

The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Homes, a new report released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), finds a national shortage of nearly seven million affordable and available rental homes for extremely low-income (ELI) renter households, those with incomes at or below the poverty level or 30% of their area median income. In Connecticut, there are 148,502 extremely low-income households but only 61,785 affordable rental homes available to them. The result is only 42 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 households with extremely low incomes.

FCCHO and Urban Institute Release Report on Affordable & Accessible Housing

22 February 2021

Fairfield County's Center for Housing Opportunity and Urban Institute have released a new report titled "Housing Connecticut’s Future: Meeting the State's Affordable and Accessible Housing Needs." This report discusses how changing demographic trends necessitate the creation of additional affordable and accessible apartments for Connecticut's growing senior population.

Click here to read the report.

CHFA Invites Public Comment for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program

15 December 2020

The Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) is holding a public input period to receive data, views, and comments with respect to its Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) Program, its Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), and its current priorities and policy goals.

The public comment period is open from November 23, 2020 through December 23, 2020. Written comments may be submitted to Terry Nash Giovannucci by email at PublicComment@chfa.org, or by mail to CHFA, 999 West Street, Rocky Hill, CT 06067.

New Cost of COVID-19 Evictions Report Released

15 December 2020

On November 19th, 2020, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) and Innovation for Justice (I4J) Program released the “Costs of COVID-19 Evictions” Report.

The report identifies and looks at five key areas that would incur public costs of homelessness following an eviction, including emergency shelters, inpatient medical care, emergency medical care, foster care, and juvenile delinquency. While not all encompassing, these five areas are noted to be “a starting point for measuring the costs of evictions.”

United Way of Connecticut Releases 2020 ALICE Report

2 November 2020

United Way of Connecticut has released its 2020 ALICE report, ALICE in Connecticut: A Financial Hardship Study. ALICE, or Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed, provides a metric representing households above the Federal Poverty Level, but below the basic cost of living in Connecticut.

Financial challenges facing households in Connecticut are further exacerbated by the unprecedented public health crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Some key findings from this report include: 

PSC Op-Ed: Connecticut is a leader in ending homelessness, and Gov. Lamont can help finish the job

12 December 2019

Kiley Gosselin, Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, appeared in the Hartford Courant on December 1, 2019. Her op-ed piece, "Connecticut Is a Leader in Ending Homelessness, and Gov. Lamont Can Help Finish the Job," makes the case that sustained state investment in housing resources is necessary to end homelessness and expand housing opportunity in Connecticut.

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