We are proud to share the Center’s 2017 Annual Report. Thanks to your support, last year we continued our work to provide legal help to thousands of individuals facing housing discrimination and home foreclosure statewide while expanding our work to expose systemic discrimination and unfair practices in Connecticut’s housing markets.
In 2017, we processed nearly 1,200 calls from Connecticut residents reporting housing discrimination, facing home foreclosure, or dealing with related issues. In this report, you’ll meet just a few of the clients we helped – clients like Rosa, who was denied housing when she was nine months pregnant because a landlord refused to accept her voucher, or Sheila, Don, and Sheri, whose housing providers refused to make reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, or Carolyn and Tim, whose mortgage servicer botched their loan modification and wrongly placed their home into foreclosure.
In addition to assisting individual clients, we continued our work to investigate and expose systemic fair housing and lending issues in Connecticut. In September, we published the findings of an 18-month investigation into how zoning policies and the marketing and tenant selection policies of affordable housing providers contribute to segregation in the greater Hartford region. We also concluded a research project on lending discrimination in the state, which found that many people of color continue to experience differential treatment when compared to whites when applying for mortgage loans.
We also continued our statewide education and outreach work to ensure that residents, community organizations, housing professionals, policymakers and others understand their rights and obligations under the fair housing laws. In 2017, we directly trained nearly 1,000 people on the fair housing laws and distributed over 12,000 copies of our educational brochures, guides, reports, and other materials across the state.
We hope you will take a few minutes to read through our 2017 Annual Report and learn more about our accomplishments last year. This work would not have been possible without your support. Thank you.
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