The Connecticut Fair Housing Center believes that Connecticut’s low-income people of color should have access to opportunity. This can be accomplished by encouraging policies that bring resources to lower opportunity communities and by ensuring that low-income people of color who wish to move to higher opportunity communities are able to do so.
In January 2013, as part of its federally-funded Opportunities Project, the Center conducted a series of discussion groups with housing choice voucher holders in major urban centers in Connecticut. The housing choice voucher program (formerly known as “Section 8”) is the federal government’s major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford housing in the private market.
The Center’s objective was to determine what factors influence the housing choices of low-income housing choice voucher holders and what inhibits these residents from using their vouchers to move from struggling communities to areas with less crime, thriving schools and lower poverty rates (so-called “opportunity moves”).
The Center produced a report based on the discussion groups — Housing Mobility: What Do Housing Voucher Recipients Want? — which explores how low-income people of color make their housing decisions and identifies impediments to those who have considered, but not made, opportunity moves. The findings include a series of recommendations from the participating voucher holders themselves about strategies for eliminating barriers to such opportunity moves.
To read and download the report, click here.