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Hartford_Relocations.pngOpen 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.


CT_Fair_Share_Map_v2.jpgFair 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.

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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! 

 


 

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In The News

A group of former residents from Hartford’s North End is taking on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Center for Leadership and Justice filed suit on their behalf Wednesday, claiming that HUD failed to reduce segregation when giving them options for new housing. Tenants endured black mold hanging from...

Residents of subsidized housing in Hartford sued the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Wednesday for violating the Fair Housing Act when it failed to move families to less racially concentrated communities outside of the city. “Although HUD has a duty to counteract segregation in Hartford, it has instead...

Worth Reading

For decades, starting at least in the 1930s, low-income and minority communities were intentionally cut off from lending and investment through a system known as redlining. Today, those same neighborhoods suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher incidence of chronic diseases that...

The Black Lives Next Door: A new generation of activists is trying to figure out where to concentrate its efforts. Residential desegregation is the final frontier. By Richard Rothstein, NY Times, August 14, 2020. Available Here. 

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