About Connecticut Affordable Housing Conference: Thriving Communities

The Partnership for Strong Communities (the Partnership) hosted the fourth annual Connecticut Affordable Housing Conference (CAHC) virtually November 13-14, 2023. The CAHC is our opportunity to come together to learn, share, and collaborate to expand housing affordability and access in Connecticut.

We were excited to host two days of sessions relevant to affordable housing advocates, policymakers, developers, lenders, funders, housing authorities, and the public. This year we featured sessions spotlighting strategies and solutions that establish housing as the key to thriving communities. The CAHC concluded with an in-person conference reception on Tuesday evening.

The Partnership promotes equitable change in Connecticut housing policy by coordinating advocacy, advancing research, and uniting diverse partners. We are committed to the pursuit of housing justice through system-level change to heal historic and ongoing harms and create truly strong communities across Connecticut.

CAHC content is free and open to all thanks to our generous sponsors.

Recordings of each session of previous years of the CAHC are available on demand on the Partnership’s YouTube channel.

Monday, November 13

10:00 – 11:30 AM – Majora Carter

11:30 – 12:00 PM – Lunch break

12:00 – 1:00 PM – Connecticut’s Housing Needs: The Problem of Supply

1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • An Innovative Partnership to Prevent Evictions and Homelessness
  • Beyond 8-30g: Land Use Tools and Strategies to Plan for and Build Homes
  • Innovative Pathways to Equity and Opportunity in the Small Multi-family Market
  • Advancing Opportunities for Co-Locating Child Care and Affordable Housing

2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • Unhoused and Empowered
  • SCRCOG’s Vision for Equity in Housing/Efforts Toward Education, Communication & Stability
  • Building Upward: Adding Affordable Housing to Church Buildings
  • Making Connections: Linking Connecticut’s Education Finance System to Housing Opportunities

3:00 – 4:00 PM

  • Making Permanent Supportive Housing Work in a Variety of Settings and for Different Populations
  • Work, Live, Ride and the Future of Connecticut
  • Lower Energy Costs, Go Green, & Building Resilience Using State & Federal Funding Available Now


Tuesday, November 14

10:00 – 11:30 AM National Housing Roundtable

11:30 – 12:00 PM Lunch break

12:00 – 1:00 PM Legislative Roundtable

1:00 – 2:00 PM

  • Who’s Implementing Your Town’s Affordable Housing Plan?
  • Parents Leading In Housing Policy: What It’s Like to Build Your Own Table
  • How the HOPE Partnership Built Coalitions and Enthusiasm for Small Town Affordability
  • Pursuing Housing Justice: Interventions for Impact

2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • Affordable Housing Preservation and Community Stability
  • A Qualitative Evaluation of the Connecticut Right to Counsel Program
  • Collaboration Amongst Conflict: Achieving Housing Goals when Interests Vary
  • Tenant Organizing and the Fight for Housing Justice

4:00 – 6:00 PM In-person Networking Reception at The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford CT, 06106

Monday Keynote

Majora CarterMajora Carter

Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She’s responsible for the creation of numerous economic development, technology inclusion & green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training & placement systems.  She is also a lecturer at Princeton University’s Keller Center.

Majora is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture in DC: “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one” – which is also the subtitle of her 2022 book, Reclaiming Your Community.

Carter applies corporate talent-retention consulting practice to reduce Brain Drain in American low-status communities.  She has firsthand experience pioneering sustainable economic development in one of America’s most storied low-status communities: the South Bronx, as well as cities across North America and abroad. 

She and her teams develop vision, strategies and the type of development that transforms low-status communities into thriving mixed-use local economies. Her approach harnesses capital flows resulting from American re-urbanization to help increase wealth building opportunities across demographics left out of all historic financial tide changes. Majora’s work produces long term fiscal benefits for governments, residents, and private real estate developments throughout North America.

Her ability to shepherd projects through  seemingly conflicted socio-economic currents has garnered her 8 honorary PhD’s and awards such as: 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs, Silicon Alley 100 by Business Insider, Liberty Medal for Lifetime Achievement by News Corp, and other honors from the National Building Museum, International Interior Design Association, Center for American Progress, as well as her TEDtalk (one of six to launch that site in 2006).

She currently serves on the board of directors for STREB and Solar One, and has served on the boards of the US Green Building Council, Ceres, The Wilderness Society, and the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Majora was born, raised and continues to live in the South Bronx. She is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science (1984), Wesleyan University (1988 BA, Distinguished Alum) and New York University (MFA).  After establishing  Sustainable South Bronx (2001) and Green For All (2007), among other organizations, she opened this private consulting firm (2008) – which was named Best for the World by B-Corp in 2014.

For more information on her work and history, click here

Tuesday Keynote

National Roundtable

Join us for our National Roundtable Keynote session, featuring policy leaders and experts from across the country to a) address key advocacy strategies that Connecticut should employ to influence federal affordable housing policy and resources, and b) share successful initiatives and programs that have had a deep impact in other parts of the country and how they may be adapted to Connecticut’s landscape. Additionally, the panel aims to look at how Connecticut can maximize the use of federal resources and/or attract federal funding for affordable housing projects.

Kim Johnson, Policy Manager, National Low Income Housing Coalition
Dennis Shea, Executive Director, Bipartisan Policy Center
Deborah Thrope, Deputy Director, National Housing Law Project

Additional Keynote Speakers to be announced.

Monday Plenary

Connecticut’s Housing Needs: The Problem Of Supply

Earlier this fall, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) released a statewide housing needs assessment, with the intent to advance our partner’s understanding of Connecticut’s affordable housing crisis. In this session, join staff from CHFA’s Research, Marketing, and Outreach team as they unpack housing market trends and share data on the state’s housing affordability gap. In the second half of the hour, CHFA staff will be joined by industry experts to discuss Connecticut’s inventory problem, exploring historic and current events that have led to underproduction and lack of inventory, and share potential paths forward as we all work to create more opportunity for affordable housing across the state.

Tuesday Plenary

Legislative Roundtable

Senator MD Rahman, Co-Chair – Planning & Development Committee
Representative Eleni Kavros DeGraw, Co-Chair – Planning & Development Committee

The Legislative Roundtable will feature a discussion with lobbyists and legislative leaders within the Connecticut General Assembly. Moderated by Gallo & Robinson, the panel will explore topics including housing development, services, supports, tenant protections, broader zoning reform and more. Panelists will discuss what did and didn’t pass in the 2023 legislative session and will offer insights on how advocates and leaders in the state can move the needle on housing within the state legislature. Following the moderated panel discussion, panelists and legislators will engage in an audience question and answer period.


Connecticut Affordable Housing Conference Registration is closed. We look forward to seeing you in 2024.



Thank you to our generous sponsors who make Connecticut’s Affordable Conference a success and affordable to all!

For more information on sponsoring the conference, click here. To pay for your sponsorship please click here. If you have any questions contact JaneP@pschousing.org.