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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!

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In The News

The demand for affordable housing is strong, in Glastonbury and across the state. Connecticut lacks about 85,000 affordable units for extremely low-income renters, according to National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates. Glastonbury’s multifamily rental properties have been “functionally zero” in recent years, according to John Guszkowski, co-founder and Principal at...

GLASTONBURY — The town could do its share to meet the Hartford area’s affordable housing needs through measure such as allowing multifamily developments on lots now limited to single-family homes, using town-owned land for multifamily housing, and allowing redevelopment of underused office buildings as apartments. Those are among the suggestions...

Worth Reading

Advocates believe Connecticut is in the midst of a housing crisis. They say the cost of housing at all levels is pricing out renters and potential owners who only a short time ago could afford their homes. People are forced to move, these advocates say, because the apartment they could...

After a four-year desperate search for a ticket out of an abusive household, Ella received one in the form a housing rental-voucher. She shed tears of relief — until she tried to find a landlord who would agree to accept it. Ella’s story reflects a broader challenge for a growing number of...

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