Growing Together CT

Why we came together: Throughout the state, Connecticut lacks housing that allows families at all incomes to thrive, and too many communities in our state are being held back from reaching their promise. This is a result of disinvestment and not being centered in policymaking processes. Growing Together Connecticut actively works to generate more housing choices everywhere and partners with under-resourced communities as they combat poverty and work toward self-determination. Together, these combined strategies will create a stronger, more environmentally sustainable, and equitable Connecticut. It is the right thing and the smart thing to do for CT!

This vision is realized through:

  • Fair Share Planning and Zoning that positions each town in CT to lay the groundwork for positive housing growth that is responsive to the need.
  • Supporting initiatives and movements to build community power such that CT communities everywhere can realize their goals.

How It Works

Community Power

Build on existing structures and funding to support community-driven initiatives, including those focused on:

  • Community wealth creation
  • Rental housing supports
  • Community-building and anti-displacement strategies

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Fair Share

Establish a process in which each town guides its own path in planning and zoning for its fair share of affordable housing. Such a process should include:

  • Step 1: Determine the need for affordable housing
  • Step 2: Allocate the regional need to towns in a fair way
  • Step 3: Empower towns to develop their own plans
  • Step 4: Design incentives & enforcement

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Shanay

Fulton

"I know from personal experience how hard it can be to reach your potential when structural obstacles are in your way. Our goal should be to make every part of Connecticut a place of opportunity where children and families can thrive."

By the Numbers

370,000

Struggling Families

Far too many families are spending more than 30% of their income on housing

137,304

New Affordable Homes

Our conservative estimate of the number of affordable housing units that Connecticut needs is based on the number of extremely low income, severely cost-burdened households

300,000

New Homes Over 10 years

Fair Share Housing will lead to hundreds of thousands of new homes (both affordable and market-rate), meaning more housing choices, more neighborhood revitalization, and more thriving communities

$72 Billion

Windfall

Enabling these new homes will create $60 billion in income for Connecticut residents and $12 billion in state and local tax revenue over 10 years

80,000

Jobs

Employers big and small will get a much-needed boost as we invest in building neighborhoods that work for everyone, resulting in tens of thousands of new jobs

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Estela

Lopez

"A thriving community creates more opportunities for everyone. Better schools, more jobs, and wider horizons for the future. Together, we can empower families with more choices about where they live so every child in Connecticut can grow up in a healthy, thriving, and vibrant community."

News

Town After Town, Residents Are Fighting Affordable Housing in Connecticut

Lisa Prevost | New York Times

In the town of Fairfield, Conn., nearly 2,400 residents have signed a petition opposing a project proposed for downtown that could bring 19 units of affordable housing.

In nearby New Canaan, homeowners have raised about $84,000 for a legal fund to fight a proposed...

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A lack of appetite for zoning reform has advocates, legislators regrouping

Ginny Monk | CT Mirror

Despite five years of advance notice that Connecticut towns would have to submit affordable housing plans by June 1, less than half of them made the deadline.

The deadline — established by a 2017 law that requires such plans every five years —marked an important...

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As affordable housing deadline approaches, Connecticut towns’ response a mix of pushback and innovation — and one allegation of perpetuating segregation

Don Stacom | Hartford Courant

Facing a state-mandated deadline of Wednesday, Connecticut communities this spring have been wrapping up work on their official plans to provide more affordable housing — even though many caution that the state’s goal isn’t practical.

As of May 23, fewer than 50 of Connecticut’s 169...

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