From Elm City Communities President Karen DuBois-Walton's op-ed in The CT Mirror:
We know the numbers. The need is clear.
Connecticut, like the nation, has been in the midst of a housing crisis –a crisis that predates the COVID-19 pandemic but has been exacerbated by it.
At Elm City Communities/Housing Authority of the City of New Haven, we have been working to create and implement a new vision for affordable housing. This vision rests on investment in our communities to create high-quality, mixed-income housing that meets residents’ needs while simultaneously providing the services and supports necessary to build residents’ earning power and economic self-sufficiency. After nearly 20 years of investment, we have rebuilt the majority of our developments, transforming communities.
And while we are poised to bring this development expertise to many other communities creating high-quality affordable housing options, we are limited by jurisdictional issues, zoning restraints, and inadequate funding that serve to maintain existing discriminatory housing patterns in our State. Connecticut’s entrenched systems and approaches to affordable housing limit the ability to effectively desegregate communities and expand the opportunity for affordable housing into new communities.