Growing Together CT

Why we came together

Connecticut lacks housing that allows families at all incomes to thrive, and too many communities are held back by disinvestment and a lack of equitable housing policies. Growing Together CT actively works to generate more housing choices everywhere and partners with under-resourced communities as they combat poverty and work toward equity. Together, these combined strategies will create a stronger, more environmentally sustainable, and equitable Connecticut.

How It Works

With rapid increases in rent and housing prices, Connecticut faces a housing crisis that is upending thousands of lives, creating family instability, holding children back from reaching their promise, and stunting the state’s economy.  The 2024 Growing Together CT policy agenda, plus additional proposals that will advance in 2025, will put us on the road to reversing Connecticut's housing crisis.

1. Address Homelessness

  • Invest $20 million to stabilize CT's homeless response system.

2. Just Cause Eviction

  • Ensure that rental housing is stable housing where eviction is possible only with a good reason.

3. Housing Growth Fund

  • Support municipalities helping to solve CT's housing challenges.

4. Leverage Housing Vouchers

  • Fund voucher programs and set voucher values to allow access to all parts of the state.

5. Sewer Infrastructure Planning & Investments

  • Make infrastructure investments in municipalities planning for affordability.

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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

50%

of Renters Cost-Burdened

50 percent of Connecticut’s 470,000 renter households are considered cost-burdened or severely cost-burdened, meaning they spend more than half their income on housing.

36%

Increase

Connecticut home prices increased 36 percent between 2020 and 2022, from $250,000 to $340,000.

Half

as Many Homes

In 2022, Connecticut only issued 48 percent as many housing permits as it did in 2005.

49th

in the Nation

Connecticut ranked second-to-last in the nation in 2022 with 1.29 new homes built per 1,000 people.

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

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

To solve Connecticut’s housing crisis, start by taking these steps

Erin Boggs | CT Mirror

The housing crisis in Connecticut takes many forms. Whether it’s a lack of starter homes for young families, a shortage of units for employers looking to grow their workforce or the devastating increase in homelessness, the state is suffering on multiple levels.

There is no...

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Eviction reform debate evokes deeper questions

Ginny Monk | CT Mirror

Exchanges between legislators and members of the public Tuesday on the issue of housing revealed a range of broad questions Connecticut lawmakers will grapple with this session — and the underlying debate about whether to prioritize housing as a necessity or as a business opportunity.

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Sewer infrastructure bill would incentivize affordable housing for impoverished CT communities

Abigail Brone | Connecticut Public Radio

State lawmakers are considering a proposal that would improve sewer systems in Connecticut communities where the poverty rate is less than 20%.

The bill would also incentivize affordable housing construction, which is often hindered by a lack of sewer infrastructure able to handle new...

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