Funding Partner Spotlight: Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

By: Julian A. Pierce, Director, Economic Opportunity, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation Talk a little bit about your background/history and how you came to be at Fairfield County‘s Community Foundation.  After completing my undergraduate degree at the University of Miami, I got a position at a local nonprofit that was focused on housing affordability and affordable […]

How Civic Engagement Shapes the Housing Landscape

By: Danielle Hubley, Advocacy & Education Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities When most people think of civic engagement, they think about the practice of voting – in particular, they think of going to vote in the Presidential election once every four years. Yet in most instances, the President of the United States is not the […]

“Its So Expensive to Live Around Here”

By Leo Zhang, Research Associate Last year, on a hot summer day after my lunch break, I walked into the copy room to scan some documents as an administrative intern at a fire department in Fairfield County. I heard a sigh from the assistant chief while he talked to the fire marshal who will be […]

Housing Ends Homelessness- City of Grants Pass, Oregon v. Johnson

By: Chelsea Ross, Executive Director Partnership for Strong Communities Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Grants Pass v Johnson, allowing local governments to punish people for sleeping outside, even in the case when no adequate shelter or housing is available. We are deeply disappointed by this inhumane ruling. It ignores decades […]

Partnership for Strong Communities Supports HUD’s Proposed Rule, “Reducing Barriers to HUD-Assisted Housing” 

By: Danielle Hubley, Advocacy & Education Manager  Housing is vital to long-term stability and success, but too often, people exiting incarceration and those with conviction histories cannot access quality, affordable housing. The Partnership is supportive of HUD’s proposed regulations ensuring that criminal records are not automatic disqualifiers to HUD housing and programs for people with […]

FUNDING PARTNER SPOTLIGHT: WELLS FARGO

By: Terence Floyd, Vice President Senior Social Impact Specialist, Philanthropy & Community Impact-CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, and Maine & Partnership for Strong Communities Board Chair Talk a little bit about your background/history and how you came to be at Wells Fargo. I spent a number of years in the nonprofit world, focused on housing […]

Fairfield County residents earning $100,000 considered low income, study finds

CT Public | By: Abigail Brone Connecticut’s wealth gap is being brought into focus by a new report, which defined what it means to be a low income resident in Fairfield County. While families who earn a low income in Fairfield County make significantly more than most residents across the nation, they are still struggling, […]