Building Healthy Communities: Exploring the Intersection of Housing and Health Equity

Author: Namandje Wali, MHA, Program Manager of Training and Outreach, Health Equity Solutions In Connecticut, as with many other communities across the United States, the urgent pursuit for accessible and affordable housing resonates deeply. The need for a range of housing options that cater to different personalized circumstances, income levels, family sizes, and more is […]

Partnership Staff Spotlight: Samaila Adelaiye

By: Samaila Adelaiye, PhD, Research and Policy Fellow I have always been intrigued by political processes and their outcomes. My undergraduate degree in international studies laid the foundation for my fascination with international politics, ultimately guiding me toward academia. Following my undergraduate studies, I pursued a master’s degree at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, […]

Navigating the Crossroads: Fair Housing and Affordable Housing in Connecticut

By: Connecticut Fair Housing Center In the heart of Connecticut, where historic charm meets a modern vision for inclusivity, the intersection of fair housing and affordable housing is a critical crossroads shaping the future of our communities. The journey towards housing equity requires not only affordable options but a commitment to dismantling discriminatory barriers that […]

The Intersection of Affordable Housing and Land Use

By: Savannah-Nicole Villalba, AICP, AZT, Community Planning Director, Naugatuck Valley Council of Governments On Wednesday, February 7th, I had the opportunity to collaborate with the Partnership for Strong Communities to host a conversation on the Intersection of Affordable Housing and Land Use. The goal of our session was to help attendees better understand how to […]

State-Funded Rental Vouchers: Connecticut and Our Neighbors

By: Alysha Gardner, Senior Policy Analyst, Partnership for Strong Communities To kickoff the 2024 legislative session, the Partnership convened its first IForum of the year on February 1, delving into state-funded rental voucher programs. We welcomed a stellar lineup of presenters: Exploring Benefits and Limitations of Federally Funded Rental Vouchers Before diving into our event, […]


February 9, 2024 At his Opening Day Address to the Connecticut General Assembly, Governor Lamont recommended a $26.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2025 that stayed within the fiscal limits imposed by the budget controls enacted in 2017 and extended in 2023. The Governor’s FY25 proposed budget adjustments do not include any new significant resources for housing. INADEQUATE FUNDING […]

Signs Of Gentrification In Connecticut’s Cities

By: Faith Evanson, Research Associate Connecticut has been suffering from a housing shortage of homes that are affordable and readily available for low-income residents. Debates over the cause of this crisis have been mixed, and some analysts have characterized Connecticut as a seller’s market where homes are routinely sold for greater than their value. The […]

The Intersection Of Housing Segregation And Education Inequity

By: Alexia Cousins, Research Associate Growing up, I remember my parents trying to enroll me in magnet schools to avoid sending me to public school districts.  Coming from a low-income community, the regional magnet schools and charter schools were regarded as having more resources to meet the needs of students. Connecticut is among the most […]

What has caused the Connecticut population to stagnate?

By: Daisy Karega, Research Associate Addressing the need for the State’s equitable housing needs for different population groups. Historically, Connecticut has experienced population losses to other regions of the US. According to a study carried out by a research team at Urban Institute, after growing through most of the past decade, Connecticut’s population has been […]