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

New Jersey Just Took Bold Action on Exclusionary Zoning. Will Other States Follow Its Model?

Adam Gordon | Next City

With the U.S. in the worst housing affordability crisis of our lifetimes, lawmakers at all levels of government are increasingly feeling pressure to act. In March, President Biden unveiled a housing plan featuring two new tax credits, while state and local leaders across the country...

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CT housing advocates say they’re tired of waiting for change

Ginny Monk | CT Mirror

Housing advocates have a message for state lawmakers: They are tired of waiting for change while thousands of Connecticut residents face housing costs they can’t afford and the prospect of losing their homes.

In a pair of press conferences at the state Capitol on Thursday,...

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Uncertainty remains on bills addressing CT housing crisis this legislative session

Susan Raff & Zoe Strothers | WFSB

There isn’t enough to meet the demand, especially affordable housing.

While there are 6 new bills to address the problem, lawmakers have yet to act, and time is running out for anything to get done this session.

Houses for sale don’t stay on...

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