Embracing diversity to strengthen Connecticut.

Open Communities Alliance is a new Connecticut-based civil rights organization that promotes access to opportunity for all people through education, organizing, advocacy, research, and partnerships. The Alliance works to build an urban-suburban interracial coalition to support policies that lead to housing choice.  Join us! 




Out of Balance: Subsidized Housing, Segregation and Opportunity in Connecticut

Open Communities Alliance's September 2017 Out of Balance report shines a light on the opportunity gap in Connecticut and the role subsidized housing policy plays in generating and reinforcing it. Building on the work of historians and others who have documented the long history of government-sponsored segregation, this report maps "opportunity" by census tract and overlays the locations of government subsidized housing across a number of programs. The report concludes that the state needs continued investments in under-resourced, "lower" opportunity areas while adjusting housing program priorities and addressing exclusionary zoning in order to bring geographic balance to subsidized housing locations. Learn more!



What is opportunity?

A chance for everyone to achieve his or her full potential.

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In The News

Nonprofit wins grant to support Hartford residents leaving failed subsidized housing projects  Rebecca Lurye, Hartford Courant, July 9, 2019. Available here.

Make CT more accommodating to housing and businesses It's time to rewrite the confusing law that governs local zoning decisions Jim Perras, CT Mirror, June 26, 2019. Available here. 

Worth Reading

Systemic Inequality: Displacement, Exclusion, and Segregation How America's Housing System Undermines Wealth Building in Communities of Color Danyelle Solomon, Connor Maxwell, and Abril Castro, Center for American Progress, August 7, 2019. Available Here. 

America’s dual housing crisis and what Democrats plan to do about it, explained A crisis of low incomes and a parallel crisis of tight supply. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, July 30, 2019. Available Here. 

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