Growing Together CT

Why we came together:  Throughout the state, Connecticut lacks housing that allows families at all incomes to thrive and too many parts of our state are being held back from reaching their promise as a result of disinvestment.  The Growing Together Connecticut movement actively works to generate more housing choices everywhere and promote equitable revitalization of under-resourced communities. 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.
  • Equitable reinvestments, especially in cities, such that CT communities everywhere can achieve their promise.

How It Works

Equitable Investment

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

  • Community wealth creation
  • Rental housing supports
  • Community-building strategies


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




"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


Struggling Families

Far too many families are spending more than 30% of their income on housing and living in neighborhoods with too few opportunities


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


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


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



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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"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."


Why advocates say CT is experiencing ‘housing crisis’

Jordan Fenster | CT Insider

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,...

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Group offers ideas to build affordable housing

Alex Wood | Journal Inquirer

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.

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‘Ambitious’ Housing Bill Gets a Second Chance in Connecticut Legislature

Cate Hewitt | CT Examiner

After dying in committee last year, the “Fair Share” affordable housing bill is heading to the floor of the Connecticut General Assembly for a vote after receiving the approval of the state’s Housing Committee earlier in March.

The law, if passed, would supplement the state’s...

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