COVID-19 Response & Advocacy Efforts


Most Recent Update 10.29.20

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To view previous updates beginning on March 19, 2020 please visit our blog page at https://www.ctfairhousing.org/blog/.

In response to Governor Lamont’s first request to take work home, we went to a completely remote operation on Friday, March 13, 2020. Our staff quickly began work advocating for the needs of our clients, and fighting for protections for all low and moderate-income tenants and homeowners across the state.

Immediately, we were concerned about the likely increase of housing discrimination, and concerned that the necessary information about tenant and homeowner protections was not reaching the advocates and constituencies who needed it most. In response, on Friday, March 13, 2020 the Center produced an online training for tenants about the increased likelihood of housing discrimination because of the COVID-19 public health crisis and soon translated this training into eight different languages. Our second response effort was to publish and distribute a daily update to summarize everything that happened the prior day, and to provide one single location for all housing related advocacy information. On Tuesday, March 16, 2020 we published our first COVID-19 Housing Update, and distributed it via email to approximately 150 partners. In a matter of hours we realized this was a daily need.

Now, the Center’s COVID-19 Update is distributed to over 450 advocates, the entire Connecticut General Assembly, and Connecticut’s Congressional delegation. It is being viewed over 500 times a day on our website. The Center will continue to publish this update as long as this crisis continues to affect fair housing rights and the housing stability of our clients.

Beginning May 21, 2020, the Center will publish this update on a weekly basis every Thursday. Since the Governor declared a state of emergency and ordered people to quarantine themselves on March 13, the Center published a daily update every workday. The list of readers has grown to more than 1,200 each day. We have heard from many of you how much you appreciate our efforts to keep you updated on the latest efforts to assist people whose housing stability is threatened by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic shut down. We hope you will continue to read and share the updates. Thank you for working with us on these important issues.

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