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Hear What the Candidates Have to Say About Housing

Hear What the Candidates Have to Say About Housing

Do you live in Middlesex County, Meriden or Wallingford? Are you concerned about the number of families that struggle to afford the cost of housing in this state? Here’s your chance to understand the housing agenda (as presented by the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness), hear what candidates have to say, and ask questions. Mark your calendar:

  • Friday, October 12, Meriden/Wallingford Candidates Breakfast, Meriden Public Library, 8am to 10am
  • Friday, October 19, Middlesex County Candidates Breakfast, Cross Street AME Zion Church, Middletown,  8am to 10am

As a starting place, here’s a preview of the Coalition’s housing agenda:

Preserve/expand funding for the CANs  — The state’s eight Coordinated Access Networks consist of municipal, state, and nonprofit housing resources working together to identify, assess and assign housing resources to individuals/families who experience homelessness.  CANs don’t just find places for people to sleep; they are focused on solving housing crises for the long term. They do this by efficiently addressing all the factors that can affect someone’s ability to remain housed and connecting them to other mainstream services – employment, health care, transportation, education and food.

Preserve the Department of Housing — The department has played a lead role in ensuring those with a housing emergency do not languish in shelters but rather have access to a variety of cost-effective, long-term housing solutions. It has also facilitated the creation of thousands of affordable housing units in the state since 2012. This is work that no single nonprofit or municipality could accomplish on its own.

Remove barriers to affordable housing — Developing additional affordable housing creates jobs, promotes economic growth, and allows low- to moderate-income working families to keep a roof over their heads. However, it is a very difficult process in our state. Applications for financing and permits are extraordinarily complex, and approvals can take years. There are developers willing and able to build affordable housing, but CT needs to help them rather than create roadblocks.

Maintain 830-g — This law states that unless 10 percent of a town’s housing stock is government-assisted or deed-restricted to remain affordable, a developer, who is willing to build housing that is affordable, can challenge the town’s failure to approve such a proposal. Many towns including Old Saybrook and Clinton have already embraced this concept and have voted in favor of affordable housing developments for working families. Affordable housing supports local economic growth and helps keep young people in Connecticut.

Can we count on your support? To attend, please email ann@growstrongct.org.