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New study examines barriers to multifamily housing in CT towns

Ginny Monk | CT Mirror

In at least 12 Connecticut towns, there are major impediments to building multifamily housing that’s affordable, and many of these barriers exist in the name of preserving the towns’ character, a new study says.

The study from the Open Communities Alliance examines zoning policy and...

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Advocates: ‘Fair Share’ law would increase affordable housing in CT

Ginny Monk | CT Mirror

An approach to affordable housing that assigns each town a certain number of units to plan and zone for, based on the needs of its region, would help cut down on housing segregation in Connecticut, advocates said Thursday.

Under the proposed “Fair Share” law, the...

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Growing together: Let’s end segregation and build a better economy

Erin Boggs & Sam Giffin | CT Post

Housing — and housing segregation — has never been so expensive.

Connecticut is one of the costliest places to live in the country. We have the 10th-highest housing costs, so one might expect it to be bursting with high-quality jobs and workers...

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Fair Share would end zoning’s stranglehold on the Connecticut economy

Richard Freedman | CT Viewpoints

For decades, Connecticut has suffered from anemic economic growth and its attendant fiscal problems.  The causes, it is said, are various: an aging population, lack of an anchor city, outmigration to other states and, of course, over-regulation.  For the last decade we’ve had a live experiment...

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‘Fair Share’ affordable-housing bill, gets support, opposition in CT committee

Ken Dixon | CT Insider

Advocates for expanded affordable housing opportunities on Thursday supported legislation that would assess state needs, create plans for every town and city, and provide performance data.

During a public hearing on a bill before the General Assembly’s Housing Committee, favorable testimony was led by Cheryl...

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Hugh Bailey: Businesses that won’t support pro-business reforms

CT Post

Critics are nothing if not consistent.

Depending on what I write about, there are a few responses to this column I’m guaranteed to receive. If I write about crime, I’ll hear from people (always suburbanites) who are convinced they are in imminent danger of being murdered at any...

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'Growing Together CT' Aims at State's Affordable Housing Crisis

Emily Scott | Public Service News | Feb. 23, 2022

A new alliance has formed to address Connecticut's affordable housing crisis, with a focus on its urban centers.

"Growing Together Connecticut" is a multi-year effort to pass housing laws and reforms that confront discriminatory policies, like redlining, that have led...

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Connecticut’s lagging residential construction hurts affordable housing supply, experts say

CT Insider | Ginny Monk

Shaurice Bacon feels stuck in her housing, an apartment with not-quite-enough space for her family.

She’s lived in public housing in Bridgeport for two decades. She’s looked for other low-cost apartments, applied to housing choice voucher programs and explored rent-to-own options. She’s widened her search...

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Connecticut advocates organize group to establish affordable housing across the state

WSHU | By Brooke Sleavensky

A new coalition in Connecticut is advocating for affordable housing in the state.

Known as Growing Together Connecticut, they want the state General Assembly to work with them this legislative session to help them to reform zoning laws that would help create more than 300,000...

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