2011 Hope Regional Housing Forums


The Connecticut Association of Realtors, in coordination with the state's regional planning organizations, the Partnership for Strong Communities and the HOPE Partnership, and with the help of officials at the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Home Builders Association of Connecticut, CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Housing Finance Authority, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), the Connecticut Housing Coalition and many others, will begin a series of 13 regional housing forums May 26th that will continue through the fall.  The forums - all 90 minutes long - are designed for municipal officials, including mayors and first selectmen, council members, zoning commissioners, planners and land-use professionals, and other business and community leaders.

The forums will provide state-, region- and town-specific housing and related data, access to new resources and tools, and answer the questions and concerns of municipal officials and community leaders about the Malloy administration's approach to housing creation and its relationship to transportation and economic development/jobs, the current supply/demand fundamentals and projections about housing markets (what, if built, could sell or rent given the current and anticipated economic and demographic conditions), what planning/zoning tools are available to them, what state financing tools are available, what examples of attractive/lasting affordable and mixed-income housing have been built in locations around the state, what types of people need housing at 60-80% of median income, how municipal residents can be engaged in the process, and how communities can be educated and support development.  The forums will also seek to dispel myths and other misinformation that have deterred housing creation.

For more information, contact Katy Shafer, policy director, Partnership for Strong Communities, kathryn@pschousing.org.

Download the packet materials here.
Download the presentations here.