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!
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.
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.