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Housing in Connecticut: Fewer Burdened, But Still Too Costly

Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC)
 

Sean Ghio, Policy Director, Partnership for Strong Communities

Connecticut policymakers get it. Affordable housing is an essential component of a successful Connecticut economy and a high quality of life for Connecticut residents. The Malloy administration, the General Assembly, and many local policymakers have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment over the last decade to housing people experiencing homelessness and creating greater housing opportunities for families across Connecticut. 

Some highlights:

  • Nearly 10,000 new units of affordable housing have been built under the Malloy administration.
  • Since January 2014, there has been a 62% decrease in those experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • The number of Connecticut residents experiencing homelessness fell by 8% between 2015 and 2016. 
  • The number of households spending too much on housing (more than 30% of their income) has dipped slightly for the second time in three years.

But, there is still a great deal more work to do. 

HousingInCT2017, Partnership for Strong Communities’ annual report on housing conditions in the state, reminds us just how challenging life can be for those of us that struggle to afford housing. While fewer households are burdened by their housing costs, Connecticut has some of the most expensive housing costs in the U.S.

  • Nearly half of the state’s renters and more than a quarter of homeowners are housing cost burdened, paying more than 30% of their income on housing.
  • Nearly a quarter of Connecticut renters and more than 1 in 10 homeowners are severely housing-cost burdened, paying more than half of their income for housing - this is more than 200,000 households.
  • Connecticut’s housing costs continue to outpace most of the nation. They are 6th highest in the nation.

Connecticut has made remarkable progress in ending homelessness and expanding housing opportunities because of an unprecedented level of investment from the state and a strong, committed network of partnerships between government, advocates and service providers, which itself may be nearly as unprecedented. 

I’m proud of Connecticut’s successes and the strength of our partnerships. This year’s HousingInCT report is a valuable reminder of the great work that has been achieved, and the work which remains to be done and can be accomplished through a continuing commitment of our time, effort, and state investments to improving Connecticut’s housing environment.

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