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With thousands of residents pouring into the streets this month to protest racism, some saw an opportunity to tackle segregation.
Housing authorities say they’re helping the poor find good homes. But Section 8 voucher holders say the process is “hell.”
In one of the most segregated states in the nation, the governor and legislators are calling for new measures to entice towns to build more affordable housing.
We created a guide to the Section 8 program. You’ll learn how to apply, how to qualify for a voucher and what it’s like to live in Section 8 housing.
Section 8 vouchers should give low-income people the opportunity to live outside poor communities. But discriminatory landlords, exclusionary zoning and the federal government's hands-off approach leave recipients with few places to call home.
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Gilead, a biblical land rich in spices, balm, and myrrh, is a common allusion in literature. It is on the river Jordan, and is famed far and wide for the aromatic balsam produced there that soothes and heals. Our home state of Connecticut is often viewed similarly, as a bucolic place of peace and comfort. Yet here, in Connecticut, instead of healing and protecting, we are deliberately jeopardizing our young and putting our teachers in peril, all because our governor and his cronies are pushing to reopen schools in person.
Calls are coming from all quarters for an investigation of Eversource and how badly prepared the company was for Tropical Storm Isaias. The loudest outcry comes from Gov. Ned Lamont and officials of the Public Utility Regulatory Agency (PURA). As the governor and PURA regulators thump their chests in outrage, I want to ask: didn’t Eversource apprise them of their preparations, or lack thereof, in pre-storm meetings? Oh, wait. There weren’t any pre-Isaias meetings, were there?
While debating a long overdue relief bill, a choice has been presented between preventing a catastrophic wave of evictions and housing those who are already experiencing homelessness. This is a false and harmful choice.
In general, legislators, advocates, government officials, and others tend to agree in theory that affordable housing is important when it comes to supporting our state’s most vulnerable, spurring economic development, and diversifying our towns and cities. However, the exact methodology by which Connecticut could implement meaningful reform is often a point of great contention.
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