The high cost of living in Connecticut is detrimental to the people expected to work, spend and raise families in our communities. Archaic zoning laws have essentially created an income barrier to owning property in select towns. Desegregate CT’s proposals — most of them found in SB 1024 — would correct this by allowing the building of multifamily housing units, smaller dwelling units in larger single-family properties, and eliminating public hearing burdens.
I’ve personally known a number of people who’ve moved out of North Haven, some who’ve even been residents their entire life, because of a lack of affordable housing options. These exclusionary tactics, whether intentional or not, reinforce notions of white supremacy in majority white suburban towns like North Haven by ensuring that our children do not go to school with diverse populations; that we do not hear the stories of neighbors from a multiplicity of backgrounds; that the bulk of interactions with minorities for many residents is through consumer interactions where minority workers service white customers; and that our insular communities are peppered with anecdotal and inflated stories of out-of-towners committing crimes.