Fair Housing Tours

To help policymakers, housing providers, nonprofit staff and residents better understand how decades of discriminatory housing policies and practices shaped the segregated state we see today, the Center offers Fair Housing Tours of different regions of the state.  This project was inspired by the tour created by the Fair Housing Council of Oregon.

The tours give passengers a firsthand look at the effects of redlining, urban renewal, systemic housing discrimination, and other factors that led to residential segregation.  They serve as a powerful rebuke to claims that residential segregation is a “de facto” condition, caused only by personal choices or economic conditions, and instead help participants to realize the structural and institutional forces that created and continue to maintain segregation.

Fair Housing Tour of Hartford


Broad Street at Farmington Avenue, 1914 | 2014 Courtesy of of Hartford History Center’s “Hartford Through Time” book published in 2014.

In 2018, the Center Partnered with Hartford History Center, to create Fair Housing History Tour of Hartford. The project was made possible by funding from The Harford Foundation for Public Giving and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Center offers the fair housing tour of Hartford to organizations and private groups on a limited basis. Contact our Education & Outreach Coordinator at (860) 263-0730 or shussain@ctfairhousing.org to learn about scheduling a fair housing tour for your group or organization.

Fair Housing Tour of New London

New London Historic Zoning Map

Decades of discriminatory policies and unlawful steering practices create segregated neighborhoods in New London. Source: New London Landmarks.

In 2018, the Center partnered with New London Landmarks, with funding from CT Humanities, to create a historic walking tour, “Discrimination, Urban Renewal, & New London’s Lost Neighborhood.”

Fair Housing Tour of Willimantic

In 2019, the Center partnered with student researchers from Center for Hartford Engagement and Research at Trinity College to better understand the effects of aggressive urban renewal and the impact of discriminatory housing policies in Willimantic’s Business District. The students worked with the Connecticut Studies collection at Eastern Connecticut State University, Towne Engineering, INC, members of the Willimantic City Council, the Willimantic Town Hall, the Mill Museum, and Willimantic residents to collect public records, newspapers, maps, municipal policy documents, public meeting minutes, and photo archives.

Tours in Other Parts of Connecticut

In future years, we hope to create tours in other regions of the state, contingent upon available funding.

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