Where is Subsidized Housing?

Every year Connecticut spends millions of federal and state dollars to create and support subsidized housing.  To a large extent, state policies determine where this housing can go -- and over decades subsidized housing has been overwhelmingly allocated to areas that are disproportionately high poverty compared to the state as a whole.  

For most housing programs, over 70% of family units are in areas that are disproportionately minority and high poverty.  

To a certain extent we are living with the results of years of housing policies that did not adequately consider segregation impact and opportunity access.  However, certain programs continue to put housing for families with lower incomes almost exclusively in areas that are already working hard to help low income populations.  In either case, the state of Connecticut has a legal obligation to affirmatively further fair housing and reverse this practice.

Here is where subsidized housing in a few programs has been placed and criteria used for assessing these placements.  These maps are based on preliminary data from the state of Connecticut's forthcoming Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.

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fgfgfg Analyzing housing locations: Criteria for assessing the racial/ethnic & income impact of housing subsidy locations.

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  Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program: For the federal program that generates the largest number of new subsidized housing units, 76% of family units are located in the 6% of the state that is disproportionately minority. 

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  Housing Choice Voucher Program: 83% of participants in the federally funded tenant-based Housing Choice Voucher program live in the 6% of the state that is disproportionately minority.  This program provides program participants with rental vouchers that can be used on the open market.
     
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