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.

This vision is realized through:

  • Fair Share Planning & Zoning that positions each town in CT to lay the groundwork for positive housing growth that is responsive to the need.
  • The Housing Growth Fund, $50 million in community-guided investments in municipalities that contribute to meeting housing needs.
  • Tenant Protections and Housing Investments that support renters.

How It Works

Housing Growth Fund

The Housing Growth Fund invests in these areas to ensure that they have the resources to thrive. The Housing Growth Fund will contribute to this by allocating $50 million to be invested by municipalities that are creating housing to meet their vision for the future.



Tenant Protections and Investments

Protect tenants and invest in housing affordability.


Fair Share Planning & Zoning

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


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

Over 200k

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

$56 Billion


Enabling these new homes will create $47 billion in income for Connecticut residents and $9.6 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."


Fair Share, Adding 8-30g Units, Senior Tax Abatements: Up Late with the Housing Committee

Cate Hewitt | CT Examiner

The controversial Fair Share bill – affordable housing legislation that was killed in committee in 2021 – was back on the table at Tuesday’s Housing Committee public hearing along with a number of other bills up for discussion.

“There’s a consensus that we are in...

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Zoning for affordability: Housing advocates say public support is there

Elizabeth Regan | The Day

Advocates for a bill that would spread the need for affordable housing across the state instead of allowing it to concentrate in cities, pointed to recent poll results as evidence that Connecticut residents are ready for “transformative change.”

The survey of 2,562 registered voters by...

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Poll Finds Broad Support for Equitable Housing & Zoning Reforms

February 10, 2023 - Today, Growing Together CT, a consortium of organizations coordinated by Open Communities Alliance (OCA) and led by a steering committee composed of...

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