Voices from the Capitol

Report: Policy Options to Alleviate CT’s Eviction Crisis

March 21, 2023 •

Click HERE to listen to the interview. A recent report examines Connecticut’s eviction crisis and addresses some solutions to it. The report from Connecticut Voices for Children finds 39% of renters in the state who were not current on rent payments felt they would be evicted in the next two...


Report Highlights ‘Eviction Crisis’

March 10, 2023 •

Toward the end of last year, 39% of Connecticut renters who were not current on their rent payments felt they were likely to face displacement due to eviction in the next two months. That’s according to a new report from Connecticut Voices for Children. The report, which is the first in a two-pa...


Tenants fight to lower security deposits, hold landlords accountable on maintenance

February 23, 2023 •

Click HERE to watch the story. After a hearing earlier this week on capping rising housing rents, state lawmakers heard even more Thursday about renters’ rights. Specifically on security deposits and landlord housing maintenance. “It’s so frustrating,” said Quanishe Flippen, a te...


Many eyes on CT budget, which must address inequalities

February 7, 2023 •

Connecticut legislators will look through a different lens Wednesday when Gov. Ned Lamont proposes the next state budget. For the first time in state history, the governor must demonstrate what that plan will do to address longstanding inequalities in education, health care, housing and economic opp...


Proposal would encourage housing density near transit stations

January 23, 2023 •

A new legislative proposal would encourage increased housing density near transit stations, one of the major pushes for zoning reform in Connecticut this legislative session. The proposal is based on a land-use policy called transit-oriented communities. It aims to encourage towns to zone for more ...


Creating Wealth With ‘Baby Bonds’

September 20, 2022 •

  When Efrem Fesaha first heard about baby bonds this spring, it made him think back to when he was 17 and a senior at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle. He was the fourth of six children, his father had just died, and he wondered, “How am I going to fund my college?” He had to think...


Why Connecticut’s top 10 ranking in child well-being may not be all good news

August 18, 2022 •

Click HERE to listen to the story. Connecticut Public Radio | By John Henry Smith Published August 18, 2022 at 6:06 PM EDT Every year, NPR underwriter The Annie E. Casey Foundation produces the Kids Count report. The report ranks states according to the level of well-being enjoyed by their children....


‘Kids Count’ report: CT ranks 7th in the nation for childhood well-being: Housing affordability a low point for the state, national report says

August 8, 2022 •

by Ginny Monk Connecticut improved its national ranking in childhood well-being but still has progress to make, particularly in housing and issues related to economic security, according to an annual report released today. Connecticut was ranked 7th in the nation in this year’s Annie E. Casey Fou...


New Haven Pushes Affordable Housing Bills

March 25, 2022 •

New Haven-backed state bills that would allow public housing authorities to develop properties in neighboring towns and that would require an assessment of the statewide need for affordable housing have advanced out of committee. A third City Hall-endorsed housing reform bill — designed to pr...


New coalition renews push for more affordable housing in CT

February 14, 2022 •

A new multi-year initiative aims to encourage more affordable housing, reduce segregation and push community revitalization in Connecticut. Erik Trautmann / Hearst Connecticut Media About 20 organizations have joined a coalition to support a new, multi-year initiative designed to support more afford...


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Join us for our 2023 First For Kids

DATE: April 13, 2023

TIME: 4:30 – 7pm (program begins promptly at 5:30pm)

LOCATION: Pond House Cafe, West Hartford