The state of Connecticut preempts local municipalities from implementing rent control. This is established in case law Old Colony Gardens, Inc. v. Stamford, 147 Conn. 60 (Conn. 1959).
Connecticut is home to over 3 million people.
More than 372,000 Connecticuters call an apartment home, with demand on the rise.
67% of extremely low-income renters spend more than half of their income on housing.
Between now and 2030, Connecticut will need to build 2,000 new apartment homes each year to keep up with demand.
Many states have adopted programs and initiatives to tackle the affordability crisis. In Connecticut, policymakers and the housing industry have made concerted efforts to address the problem. Examples include:
Useful information to help inform and guide the development of viable solutions to the housing affordability crisis.
By taking meaningful action now and providing direct rental assistance to residents, Congress can keep roofs over families’ heads and potentially pull the country back from an emerging housing crisis.
As an industry that houses almost 40 million Americans — many of them people of color — housing providers have a unique responsibility to do all they can to rid their communities of racial injustice and bias.
While the pain of this crisis is acute and widespread, it’s worth remembering that this pandemic is not just creating inequalities in housing affordability — it’s intensifying existing problems we’ve had for decades.