Partnership for Strong Communities conducts in-depth research and produces valuable timely resources to inform policies and empower communities. We work to foster a deep understanding of affordable housing challenges, solutions, and pathways toward a more inclusive and thriving Connecticut.

CT Housing Data Profiles

The Partnership for Strong Communities’s Housing Data Profiles are a free resource to help Connecticut residents, developers, legislators, municipal officials, and others make data-informed decisions. Profiles are available for every town in the state, as well as each county, and the state as a whole.

Housing Data Profiles offer data on an array of housing metrics across Connecticut, providing users with information on housing stock, income, race, age distribution of residents, housing characteristics (age of housing stock, number of single-family or multifamily homes, number of bedrooms in homes), housing costs and affordability, housing production and affordable units.

fact sheets

Community Land Trusts And Racial Equity

Click here to read the Partnership’s Factsheet: Community Land Trusts and Racial Equity. HISTORY OF CLTs:Community Land Trusts (CLTs) originated during the Civil Rights Movement of ...
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Releases New Fact Sheet on CT’s Housing Wage in 2023

THE STRUGGLE TO AFFORD HOUSING CONNECTICUT’S HOUSING WAGE 2023 Changes in the economy, household formation, inflation, and wage stagnation leave many in Connecticut struggling to afford ...
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Community Land Trusts 101 Factsheet

A community land trust (CLT) is a housing model designed to promote affordability by decouplingland ownership from the ownership of the building situated on the ...
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Housing And Homelessness In CT 2021

The Partnership for Strong Communities has released its yearly update on the state of homelessness and housing affordability in Connecticut. Housing in CT 2021 and Homelessness in CT ...
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reseaRch publications

Report: Building A More Equitable Homebuying System

by Thalia Giraldo Read The Full Report Fifty-three years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, the wealth gap between Black and ...
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Connecticut’s Ignored Homes: The Case For Producing And Preserving Small Multifamily Housing

Click Here To Read The Full Report. The Partnership for Strong Communities has released a new report, “Connecticut’s Ignored Homes: The Case for Producing and ...
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Toolkit: Fair Rent Commissions in Connecticut

See the complete tookit. During the past several years, residential rents have dramatically increased across the state. For morethan 50 years, Connecticut towns have been ...
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New Report: Wealth-Building Opportunities Through Affordable Housing: Case Studies

Wealth-Building Opportunities Through Affordable Housing: Case Studies The Partnership for Strong Communities has released a new report from former PSC senior policy analyst Kayleigh Pratt, ...
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Affordable Housing Near Transit In Connecticut: An Analysis And Recommendations

The Partnership for Strong Communities has released a new report from PSC senior policy advisor Sean Ghio, “Affordable Housing Near Transit in Connecticut: An Analysis ...
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Affordable Housing Near Transit in Connecticut Analysis and Recommendations

We may not all agree on solutions, but with rents skyrocketing and one in eight households spending more than half their income on housing costs, ...
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Research Associates Program

The Research Associate Program engages Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) freelance writers and researchers to produce policy and research materials on affordable housing, community development, and housing insecurity in Connecticut. This opportunity offers the benefit of both competitive compensation ($25/hour) and opportunities to publish and present independent research.

What Types Of Content Do Research Associates Produce?
Research Associates (RAs) produce original research and writing that furthers the Partnership’s mission to expand housing opportunity in Connecticut. Some examples of research content include:

  • An original research brief on the availability of affordable housing near transit stations.
  • A fact sheet with policy proposals for improving the health of public housing residents.
  • A first-person essay on the writer’s personal experience with housing instability.
  • A GIS map and accompanying analysis exploring the intersection between housing and public policy.

Examples of content from previous RAs is below.

Who Is Eligible To Apply?

Writers and researchers that identify as BIPOC and have an interest in public policy as it relates to affordable housing in Connecticut. Preference will be given to graduate and upper-level undergraduate students, though early career researchers are also welcome to apply.

How Do I Apply?

Please email Alysha Gardner at by 2/7/24 with:

  • A copy of your resume
  • A short solo-authored writing sample
  • Any ideas for original writing or research that you would be interested in exploring (one to two paragraphs).
  • A short description of why you are interested in participating in the Research Associates Program  (one to two paragraphs).

You will be contacted in early February once the application period has closed.


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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Addressing Racial and Economic Inequities through Rental Assistance Funding

Sean Ghio, Policy Director, Partnership for Strong Communities The Current LandscapeConnecticut is facing a pressing issue – over 119,000 renter households are severely cost-burdened, allocating ...
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HUD Announces Proposed “30-Day Notice” Rule for Nonpayment of Rent

Author: Danielle Hubley, Advocacy & Education Manager On December 1 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed a rule change that, ...
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Connecticut Renters Are Living To Rent, Not Renting To Live

Community Perspectives: Sydney Gagon, student at University of Connecticut and resident of Norwich, CT. Devon Norton, a 19-year-old from Norwich, moved out of his house ...
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