Glastonbury's Housing Future Discussed

Glastonbury's Housing Future Discussed, Steve Smith, Hartford Courant, March 31, 2016, available here

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City of Bridgeport Housing Choice Voucher Wait List Opening April 4th

The city of Bridgeport has released the following public notice of the opening of the wait list for the Housing Choice Voucher program beginning April 4th, 2016.

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Constance Royster Joins OCA Board

Open Communities Alliance is pleased to announce that Constance L. Royster has joined its Board of Directors. 

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Presentation for the Middlesex Coalition for Children

On November 12, 2015, Erin Boggs gave a presentation on the importance of access to opportunity and the crucial link to the availability of affordable housing in the Middlesex county area.

A video of the presentation is available here, and for more information on this presentation, visit the Middlesex Coalition for Children's page.

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Community Conversation Sponsored by Glastonbury MLK Community Initiative

What: a community conversation on school diversity: a priority for our children, our community and our future

Where: Glastonbury East Hartford Magnet School, 95 Oak Street, Glastonbury, CT

When: Monday, November 16, 2015, 6-9pm

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Meet the Advisory Board!

Open Communities Alliance is pleased to announce its Advisory Board!

The OCA Advisory Board is comprised of highly respected national and state experts in the areas of poverty prevention, civil rights, housing, and education. Several members have deep roots in faith communities, communities of color, and networks of progressive thought and action in Connecticut.  These ties are critical to OCA as it moves forward with its mission of empowering an urban-suburban interracial coalition advocating for access to opportunity for all people in Connecticut. 

As OCA works to support our partners focused on generating opportunity in areas that are under-resourced, the Advisory Board will support our particular focus of ensuring that affordable housing opportunities, disproportionately needed by families of color, are simultaneously created in higher opportunity communities.

Please join us in welcoming our Advisory Board!

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Erin Boggs on Rich Answers

On April 30th, 2015, Erin Boggs appeared on Rich Answers with Rev. Shelly Best. In this show, Reverend Best and Erin Boggs talk about the connection between the history of segregation and current segregation challenges, and real solutions to address them.

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The Problem We All Live With, Part Two

This American Life covered Hartford's efforts to integrate it's schools!

It's a fascinating listen!

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Where Should a Poor Family Live?

Thomas B. Edsall, New York Times, Aug. 5, 2015, available here

If its goal is to move up the ladder, where should a poor family live? Should federal dollars go toward affordable housing within high-poverty neighborhoods, or should subsidies be used to move residents of impoverished communities into more upscale – and more resistant — sections of cities and suburbs with better schools and job opportunities?

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A Year After Ferguson, Housing Segregation Defies Tools to Erase It

John Eligon, New York Times, Aug. 8, 2015, available here

Questions about whether minorities have access to good jobs, high-performing schools and low-crime neighborhoods have been fiercely debated. And for many, one question informs all those others: Can the barriers that keep blacks out of prosperous, mostly white communities be toppled?

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