Established in 1994, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is a statewide nonprofit civil rights organization that provides free investigative and legal services to residents who believe they have been victims of housing discrimination. They work with the State of Connecticut, cities, towns, housing developers, and housing managers to promote compliance with federal fair housing laws. They provide education and conduct outreach on fair housing and fair lending issues, acting as a resource for information and guidance not easily available to tenants.
Involvement in Our Project
Similar to the way The Connecticut Fair Housing Center started an initiative based on residents’ complaints in 2008 (with the inclusion of foreclosure prevention) and commissioning of a study to address a particular issue in 2009 (with the Opportunity Project), we have been working with them to conduct a research study about how the eviction process has affected tenants in Hartford. They hope to use the information from our study to work to make the tenant screening process less subjective and require legitimate justification for the landlord’s decisions.