Open Communities Alliance, on behalf of the Center for Leadership and Justice (CLJ) and numerous individual plaintiffs representing broader classes of residents, and in partnership with the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Covington & Burling LLP, filed a lawsuit on November 18, 2020 against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Housing Authority of the City of Hartford, the City of Hartford, and Imagineers, LLC. Read more about this effort here.
Fair Share is the recognition that there is a role for every town in Connecticut in meeting the affordable housing needs of all of Connecticut residents - and the need is enormous. Throughout the state nearly 140,000 households are extremely low income and severely cost burdened. Our Fair Share methodology allocates that need for affordable housing to each town, based on a fair assessment of their responsibility and capacity to build affordable housing. Read more about this effort here.
On October 22nd, 2020, Hartford-based civil rights organization Open Communities Alliance, in partnership with SouthCoast Fair Housing of Massachusetts and Rhode Island, filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to challenge its rollback of critical protections under the Fair Housing Act. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate a new HUD regulation that guts the long-established legal framework for “disparate impact” claims, which have helped dismantle systemic barriers to fair housing for decades. Read more about this effort 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!