The Resources for Developers Page may be helpful to developers of affordable and workforce housing as they navigate through the development process. Included on this page are support documents and studies which dispel the affordable housing myths, as well as, links and contacts which may be helpful in your project.
Submit your project for review as a “Smart Growth” development. Does it reflect the best use of land and provide access to transportation, work, shopping and recreation? Does it compliment community character and existing development? If so, consider submitting your project proposal to 1000 friends to be scored. They will advocate on your behalf along with SECHA and testify in favor of high scoring proposals.
HUD Releases 2012 Income Limits
HUD has released the Fiscal year 2012 estimated median family income and income limits. 2012 income limits for Connecticut are available at this link:
Income limits for all areas in the U.S. and more materials related to the 2012 income limits can be found at www.huduser.org.
Affordable Housing and School Costs
Higher school enrollments and the associated costs are a top concern of municipalities when considering affordable housing. Estimate the enrollment impact of each development with the multipliers provided in this Study. This exhaustive study estimates multipliers for the number of people living in the unit, number of school age children, and number of public school age children. These groups are broken out by the kind of housing unit (attached or detached single family home, 2-4 family building, 5+ family building, etc), the number of bedrooms, and the sale value of the unit.
Residential Demographic Multipliers: Estimates of the Occupants of New Housing
- Robert Burchell, Ph.D., David Listokin, Ph.D., and William Dolphin, M.A. Rutgers University, Center for Urban Policy Research
One Free Cut
Act Concerning Subdivisions for Affordable Housing Developments allows for the initial subdivision of land by an owner — the so-called first cut — to be exempt from the usual planning and zoning approval process and subdivision rules, provided that at least one lot is donated or sold for use as affordable housing.
The landowner can subsequently divide the property, subject to local zoning regulations, a second time, without penalty or red tape. A landowner could sell or donate a piece of property to the town or a nonprofit organization but still retain the option of splitting off a second piece (the “free second cut”) later, for example, to construct a home for a family member.
The bill was sponsored by Assemblywoman Marilyn Giuliano, from Old Saybrook, and Senator Andrew Roraback, of northern Litchfield County.
Urban and Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credit Program
The Urban and Industrial Sites Reinvestment Tax Credit Program was created under Public Act 00-170 and later modified by Public Acts: 05-276; 06-184;06-187 and 06-189. This program is a powerful economic development tool designed to drive investment to the state’s urban centers and other economically distressed communities without depleting valuable state bond dollars. Click here to read more about this program at the State of CT, Department of Economic and Community Development’s website.
Funding Agency Links
State of Connecticut portal
CT Housing Coalition
CT Housing Finance Authority
CT Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Local Initiatives Support Coalition – CT
US Department of Housing and Urban Development
US Department of Housing and Urban Development – Connecticut
CT Partnership for Strong Communities – Community Loan Funds in Connecticut
Housing & Community Development Organizations – Connecticut
Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition
Broad Park Development Corporation (Hartford)
Christian Community Action (New Haven)
Columbus House (New Haven)
The Community Builders
Connecticut Housing Coalition
Connecticut Housing Investment Fund
The Connection, Inc.
Co-op Initiatives, Inc.
Corporation for Independent Living
Corporation for Supportive Housing
Housing Development Fund of Lower Fairfield County
Liberty Community Services (New Haven)
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Mutual Housing Association of Greater Hartford
NeighborWorks New Horizons
Mutual Housing Association of Southwestern Connecticut
Neighborhood Housing Services of New Britain
Citizens Housing and Planning Association
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation
Technical Assistance Collaborative