Advocating for Housing Stability: Supporting Just Cause Eviction Protections

By: Sean Ghio, Policy Director, Partnership for Strong Communities

Housing Insecurity in Connecticut
Connecticut’s rental market is facing unprecedented challenges, leaving low-income renters particularly vulnerable. Over 119,000 households spending more than half of their income on housing costs. Additionally, the aging housing stock in the state leaves many lower-income families with limited options, often leading them to reside in substandard housing conditions. With over 35% of all households in Connecticut being renters, it’s imperative that we address the imbalance and provide stability, predictability, and affordability to those who rent their homes.

The Trauma of Evictions
Evictions have profound and long-lasting effects on families, exacerbating housing insecurity, increasing homelessness, and destabilizing communities. The traumatic experience of forced displacement disrupts lives and undermines the social fabric of our neighborhoods. Implementing just cause eviction protections is not only a matter of stability and security for renters but also a matter of justice. Communities of color, women, undocumented families, seniors, and people with disabilities disproportionately bear the brunt of eviction and housing cost burdens in our state.

Just Cause Eviction Protections
We support measures to ensure Connecticut families who rent their homes have predictability, stability, and affordability. Just cause eviction protections will help improve stability and security for renters, allowing them to plan for their future and avoid the trauma and disruption of forced displacement. Just cause protections should be implemented alongside other policies to improve housing stability, safety, and affordability for renters. We still need to build thousands more homes, invest more in rental assistance, and pass significant zoning reform, Meanwhile, renters need just cause eviction protections in place. 

Call to Action
Together, we have the opportunity to confront the dual crises facing our state: the economic challenges of an increasingly unaffordable housing market and the human toll of housing instability and homelessness. By expanding just cause eviction protections, we can begin to bridge the gap between unaffordability and accessibility, ensuring that no one is left behind.

The above blog post is taken from oral testimony given by Sean Ghio to the Housing Committee on February 20, 2024.

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