Sustainable CT Summer Fellows Affordable Housing Project
Each year Sustainable CT Summer Fellows undertake a project that supports wider SCT programming. This year, with input from Sustainable CT and COG staff across the state of Connecticut, SCT Fellows created a series of tools to assist SCT with the development of programming to support towns as they work to implement strategies they have adopted as part of their municipal Affordable Housing Plans.
The Fellows created a searchable database cataloging municipal Affordable Housing Plan content, including functionality that allows the user to search by strategy, region, or specific demographic data point. The searchable database can be used to identify opportunities among communities and cross COG connections for the creation of implementation strategies. Taking the assigned project one step further, the SCT Fellows analyzed the municipal Affordable Housing Plan data for each COG region and suggested strategies for Affordable Housing Plan Implementation Programming by Sustainable CT.
An interactive Affordable Housing Story Map was created by the SCT Fellows. The map allows the user to access Affordable Housing Plans and Plans of Conservation and Development for all of Connecticut's 169 towns with the click of a button. The presentation of recommendations to Sustainable CT and COG staff on August 8th included demonstrations of their database tools as well as their interactive Affordable Housing Story Map and is available for viewing on the Sustainable CT channel on YouTube. Stay tuned for more information from Sustainable CT on how this tool will be available for municipalities to use.