Voices from the Capitol

Lamont’s CT budget plan falls short of social service providers’ requests

February 8, 2024 •

The proposal includes modest investments in early child care, mental health care, homelessness outreach and staffing at prisons Gov. Ned Lamont’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year invests in early childhood development, mental health care, outreach to the homeless and prison staffing. B...


CT Voices Call for Zoning Reforms and Renter Protection to Curb Cycle of Evictions and Homelessness

January 17, 2024 •

Connecticut Voices for Children called Wednesday for a series of zoning and land use policy changes as well as greater protection for renters in an effort to break a “vicious cycle” of evictions and homelessness exacerbated by the state’s deficit of affordable housing. The nonprofit think ta...


CT advocates call for zoning reform to encourage affordable housing developments

January 17, 2024 •

Housing advocates are once again calling on Connecticut lawmakers to change restrictive zoning laws and promote affordable housing development. Their newest report, “Fostering Stable Homes: Tackling Housing Displacement For a Stronger Connecticut,” explores the state’s struggle to keep up wi...


Black and Latino Connecticut residents face greater chances of losing their homes, new report says

January 17, 2024 •

Black and Latino residents in Connecticut face higher chances of losing their homes as well as getting evicted across the state. That’s according to a report released this week by the Connecticut Voices for Children, an advocacy and research organization based in New Haven. The report shows the...


The search for innovative solutions to women’s economic insecurity in Connecticut

November 29, 2023 •

LISTEN • 49:00 1 of 3 Disrupted host Khalilah Brown-Dean hosted a panel discussion at Quinnipiac University on November 14, 2023, discussing the economic inequities women face. From left to right: Khalilah Brown-Dean, host of Disrupted; Karen DuBois-Walton, President of Elm City Communities;...


CT group hosts community forum addressing housing

October 19, 2023 •

A Connecticut group is holding a community policy forum to discuss housing. The state is facing a severe affordable-housing shortage with soaring rents. Between 2005 and 2021, inflation growth of rent exceeded median household income in the state. Sana Shah, power building and advocacy director wi...


Housing advocates discuss Connecticut’s eviction crisis, call for legislative action

October 18, 2023 •

Housing advocates are concerned about Connecticut’s looming eviction crisis — and hope to urge the state General Assembly to take action when the new session starts in February. Advocates, research experts and journalists gathered virtually in a panel on Monday to discuss the persisting chall...


Number of children in Connecticut continues to decline, Census data shows

August 4, 2023 •

Experts say CT’s high housing and childcare costs are to blame The number of children in Connecticut continues to decline, according to newly-released population estimates, and some experts say high housing and childcare costs are to blame. The number of children under the age of 10 living in...


Police report sites filthy conditions inside apartment where 2-year-old fell to his death from window

July 26, 2023 •

New details show officers found conditions inside the apartment, “abysmal”, with bugs, mold, piles of garbage and clothes soiled in feces. HARTFORD, Conn. — FOX61 learned new information Wednesday about a tragic incident in Hartford that took place on Monday where a two-year-old died after fal...


Affordable housing boost could ease CT eviction crisis, report says

July 21, 2023 •

LISTEN • 1:00 The number of cost-burdened households in Connecticut exceeds the national average, according to a new study by the nonprofit Connecticut Voices for Children, which assessed the state’s eviction crisis, particularly as it impacts low-income families. Connecticut households are mor...


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