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


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


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."


Advocates plan affordable housing priorities for 2023 legislative session

The Day | Elizabeth Regan

From policy reform to requests for financial infusions, affordable housing advocates are looking at different ways to address the widespread lack of housing affordability when the state legislature convenes on Jan. 4.


A separate coalition of more than 45 mostly nonprofit social service and...

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Lawmakers eye reforms after report finds half of affordable housing vouchers going unused in CT

Jacqueline Rabe Thomas | CT Insider

Federal and state lawmakers are eyeing major reforms in response to a Hearst Connecticut Media Group investigation which revealed half of vouchers issued to help low-income residents find affordable housing in the state went unused.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-CT, called the situation “heartbreaking”...

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Advocates say CT needs over 137,000 affordable housing units. They want it fairly allocated to more towns.

Deidre Montague | Hartford Courant

Jahaira Vega said she was in shock when she received an eviction notice from her landlord requiring her and her two daughters to leave their apartment after 16 years of living in West Hartford.

She knew the landlord was upset with her for reporting heating...

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