Mission and History
The mission of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut.
Because housing discrimination disproportionately affects people with low incomes, the Center focuses on the intersection of poverty and housing discrimination. The Center also assists Connecticut homeowners who have been hit hardest by the nation’s ongoing foreclosure crisis.
Since 1994, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center has provided investigative and legal services to residents who believe they have been the victims of housing discrimination. The Center also has provided education and conducted outreach on fair housing and fair lending issues throughout Connecticut. In addition, the Center has worked with the State of Connecticut, cities, towns, housing developers, housing managers, and others to promote compliance with federal fair housing laws.
In 2008, in response to complaints from minority homeowners in what would eventually become the nation’s – and the state’s – home foreclosure crisis, the Center began expanding its work to include foreclosure prevention, anti-predatory lending, and fair lending efforts.
In 2009, the Center initiated its Opportunity Project, drawing attention to the significant level of racial segregation in the state’s towns and cities. The Center commissioned a study by the Kirwan Institute which mapped communities of opportunity in Connecticut.
The Center hosts an annual awards dinner, the Mildred and Richard Loving Civil Rights Award Dinner, at which state and national advocates, volunteer foreclosure prevention attorneys, and law firms that have provided the Center with extraordinary assistance in pro bono cases are recognized for their efforts on behalf of the Center’s clients and all Connecticut residents.