83% of Connecticut participants in the federal government's Housing Choice Voucher program live in the 6% of the state that is disproportionately minority even though many program participants want other options. This is not choice!
We now know that a range of factors limits the areas where people seek and find housing. These include housing discrimination and lack of full information on affordable housing in thriving communities. These forces harden lines of segregation and limit housing choices for people of all races. The Alliance supports efforts to broaden the scope of housing options considered by all people and focuses particular attention on ensuring that low income people in historically disenfranchised groups have access to full information about housing options and services that affect choice of housing such as transportation and childcare.
To foster full information on housing options, the Alliance:
- Supports policies that produce better information on affordable and subsidized housing in a diversity of locations, including the use of mobility counseling.
- Engages in efforts to enhance the availability of such information. We have recently released our Mobility App for people using Housing Choice Vouchers, RAP, and other government housing subsidies.
- Works to ensure that government housing subsidy programs allow participants access to all parts of Connecticut.
- Reaches out to communities that need access to such information.
To ensure true housing choice, the Alliance:
- Works in collaboration with fair housing partners such as the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, the Fair Housing Association of Connecticut, the Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to ensure that fair housing complaints are investigated and pursued.
- Researches and publicizes data on housing discrimination.