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Cover_-_Zoning_for_Equity_FINAL.jpgOpen Communities Alliance assessed the planning and zoning practices of 12 towns that have low levels of affordable housing relative to both the regional need for such housing and to the affordable housing supplies of other municipalities, and that have less diversity compared to the state as a whole. Future volumes analyzing the planning and zoning practices of other towns are planned for the coming years. Learn more!

Open Communities Alliance is a 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! 


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In The News

Despite five years of advance notice that Connecticut towns would have to submit affordable housing plans by June 1, less than half of them made the deadline. The deadline — established by a 2017 law that requires such plans every five years —marked an important date for affordable housing advocates...

The killing of George Floyd in May of 2020 sparked a long-needed racial consciousness awakening across the United States with people of all races filling the streets in cities, suburbs, and rural areas in protest. This energy has been channeled into heightened “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” efforts at corporations and foundations, calls to...

Worth Reading

A first-in-the-nation program that connects families with young children to affordable housing in Connecticut is growing. The Head Start on Housing program is administering an additional 35 state-funded housing vouchers for low-income families enrolled in Head Start, a federally funded preschool program that promotes school readiness for children up to...

In 1944 President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared that the U.S. had a “Second Bill of Rights”, including the right to a decent home. It wasn’t for another four years that the right to adequate housing was accepted under the Human Rights Law (as part of the adoption of the Universal...

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