About Us

Since its founding in 2013, Open Communities Alliance (OCA) has been and continues to be an effective catalyst in achieving impact by researching and documenting root causes of segregation, engaging and empowering families, exploring solutions and best practices, educating stakeholders and, finally, advocating for change. OCA has an established track record of successful substantive projects, collaborations, legal challenges, and publications throughout its history. OCA’s efforts are anchored around:

Research & Data

Legal Advocacy

Outreach & Community Organizing

  • Convening a Coalition and conducting statewide outreach to educate and empower communities to advocate for improved access to opportunity.  
  • Community educational events to promote the benefits of housing integration and to counteract the history of intentional government segregation, including panel discussions, book tours, webinars and more.

OCA’s ambitious mission of unwinding Connecticut’s history of government-perpetuated segregation focuses on reducing social, economic, and health disparities experienced by low-income families of color and generating access to “opportunity” by establishing pathways to affordable housing in thriving communities. At the core of OCA’s work is connecting to a network of community partners in under-resourced areas and empowering them with the research, data, advocacy, and legal expertise to ensure that interested families have a genuine choice in where they live. 

What is Opportunity?
Where you live affects your access to resources like thriving schools, safe streets, and healthy food. Areas with an abundance of these and other resources are “high opportunity areas.” Areas that need more of these resources are “low opportunity areas.” Access to opportunity in Connecticut varies significantly depending on race and ethnicity. The Alliance is dedicated to bringing resources to lower opportunity areas and linking to higher opportunity areas people who historically have not had access to them.  More about the Opportunity Philosophy.

Inequality of Opportunity.
Some racial and ethnic groups are much more likely to live in low opportunity areas: In Connecticut, 73% of Blacks and 68% Latinos as compared to 25% of Whites and 32% of Asians. 

OCA works with an urban-suburban interracial coalition to promote access to opportunity for all people through education, advocacy, research, and partnerships.

  • Open Communities Alliance
  • 75 Charter Oak Avenue
  • Suite 1-200
  • Hartford, CT 06106
  • Phone: 860-610-6040