- Regional Plan of Conservation and Development Update-Housing
Updated by CRCOG in 2014, the Capitol Region Plan of Conservation and Development: Vibrant. Green. Connected. Competitive. is a general guide for the future conservation and development of the greater Hartford area. It encourages the creation of a more sustainable region and presents some of the challenges and choices that will ultimately shape the region’s future. The Housing chapter includes an overview of housing conditions in the Region, an affordability assessment, indicators of housing needs (current and future) and goals and policy recommendations that target increasing housing opportunities and choice, enforcing fair housing laws, supporting neighborhood revitalization, and improving linkages between housing, jobs and services.
- Housing Affordability, Housing Choice
This two-page issue brief, published by the bi-state Sustainable Knowledge Corridor, includes an overview of why access to affordable housing choices is important and discusses trends and issues that have contributed to inequalities at the local and regional level. Metrics that can be used to measure progress in this arena, opportunities to support change and resources for learning more are included as well.
This report, published annually by the Partnership for Strong Communities, provides the public with a snapshot of Connecticut’s housing market and needs, using current data and research. According to the 2014 edition, Connecticut remained one of the most expensive states to buy or rent a home and the demand for rental housing increased significantly. While data showed a 4% decline in homelessness and a 10% decline in chronic homelessness, housing prices remained out of reach for many Connecticut households.
- Out of Reach 2015
Published by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach quantifies the challenges low and moderate-income families throughout the nation face in finding decent, affordable housing. The report provides a side-by-side comparison of wages and rents in every county, Metropolitan Area and state in the U.S. This edition “highlights some of the economic challenges facing low income renters, including lagging wages, inconsistent job growth and the rising cost of living”. Click here to visit Out of Reach’s new interactive website, which allows users to quickly find key statistics for their state and compare county-level data to state-level data or to data from other county or metropolitan areas within the state.
- Opening Doors: Greater Hartford
Opening Doors: Greater Hartford is an initiative aimed towards eliminating homelessness in the capitol region. Realizing that there are numerous causes for homelessness, Opening Doors: Greater Hartford offers a multifaceted approach to combat it. By utilizing resources already available and working in the community to create new programs, Opening Doors: Greater Hartford is our community’s comprehensive plan to prevent and end homeless in the Greater Hartford Area.
- State of the Nation’s Housing, 2013
The State of the Nation’s Housing, now in its 25th year, is released annually by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. This year’s report “provides a current assessment of the state of the housing market and the foreclosure crisis; the economic and demographic trends driving housing demand; the state of mortgage finance; and ongoing housing affordability challenges”.
- 2015 Housing Data Profiles
Published by the Partnership for Strong Communities, this compendium includes municipal Housing Data Profiles for every town in Connecticut, each county, and a statewide profile as well. The 2015 edition includes charts and graphs visualizing data on housing stock, income, age distribution of residents, housing characteristics, housing costs and affordability, housing production and affordable units. In addition, a narrative analysis of housing conditions for each municipality, and a list of Key Stats, is provided as well.
- Food at Home: Affordable Housing as a Platform to Overcome Nutritional Challenges
This report, published by Enterprise Community Partners and funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provides a series of actionable recommendations that demonstrate how affordable housing and housing providers can serve as a crucial conduit for providing low-income families with access to healthy foods and fostering healthy eating. It also highlights some of the existing programs and best practices in addressing the nutritional needs of low-income communities.
- 2015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities Report
AARP International looked at efforts in the United States and worldwide to identify projects and programs that are worth sharing and, when possible, replicating. The 2015 Age-Friendly: Inspiring Communities Report presents a collection of age-friendly “good practices” and features 16 communities. The report is organized according to which of the World Health Organization’s “8 Domains of Age-Friendliness” (referred to in the U.S. as the “8 Domains of Livability”) the work most represents. However, since the efforts underway in each community touch upon needs in multiple domains, sub-domains are identified as well. Individually and together, the case studies show the inspiring work now underway to meet the needs of older adults. Creating great places for people of all ages enables older residents to participate in community life.
Click here to access the report and to review the Housing section (Domain 3).