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

Segregation Is Preventable. Congress Just Isn’t Trying.Again and again, federal efforts to promote integration have been whittled down almost to nothing. Richard D. Kahlenberg, Senior Fellow at The Century Foundation; Halley Potter, Fellow at The Century Foundation; and Kimberly Quick, Senior policy associate at The Century Foundation.  Available here 

The Struggle to Find Affordable Housing in Hartford, Kenneth Best, UConn Communications, April 17, 2019, Available Here

Worth Reading

Not in your front yard: Why 'For Sale' signs are banned in Oak Park, Steven Jackson, Oak Park, April 2, 2019, available here

A tenant blacklist, compiled by algorithm, Mark Pazniokas, CT Mirror, March 28, 2019, available here

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