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De-Designing_-_Hartford.pngOn January 28, 2021, OCA will host Part I: A Steady Habit of Segregation: History of Segregation in Hartford County, a free webinar which will explore the history of government policies that contributed to residential segregation, both statewide and in Hartford County. This session will feature a presentation by writer Susan Eaton, author of the recent report, A Steady Habit of Segregation, examining how the Hartford region became one of the most segregated in the nation. We will also hear from current and former Hartford residents about their own experiences. Learn more and register here.



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

A standoff over a proposal to build multifamily housing on a 1.5 acre residential property in Woodbridge has broad implications for zoning laws in other towns across Connecticut — a state with the 10th-highest housing wage in the U.S., according to the National Low Income Housing Commission, and where the...

For resident Matt McDermott, it is time for the town “to take stock” of how its zoning rules have impacted housing and what that has meant for the region. McDermott spoke as the Plan and Zoning Commission aired a proposal to modify its land use policies to allow for higher...

Worth Reading

“Get your son out of this school.” That’s the message Yanira Rios received seven years ago from her son’s kindergarten teacher shortly after moving to Bridgeport, the only community in the region where she could afford an apartment. Her son had learned to read in preschool before leaving Shelton, and...

In a December 17 opinion piece titled Zoning reform must consider the character of each town, Alexis Harrison of Fairfield argued against HB 5132, a bill that would reform zoning laws in the state. This was not her first opinion piece in the Mirror objecting to zoning reform and housing development. On September 4 she wrote...

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