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

A Geographic Account of Economic, Health, and Educational Disparities inHartford’s Sheff Region Casey Cobb, Humboldt Journal of Social Relations 41: 82–98, 2019. Available here.   

Connecticut Looks At Tackling Housing Issues To Treat Asthma Nicole Leonard, WNPR, May 29, 2019. Article and Audio Interview Available Here.

Worth Reading

Black Poverty Is Rooted in Real-Estate Exploitation A new study in Chicago shows how the dream of homeownership was converted into a poverty trap. Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg, June 17, 2019. Available here. 

New Maps Reveal How Racial Segregation Shortens Life Expectancies Across US Sarah Sloat, Inverse, June 10, 2019. Available Here.  

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