Connecticut’s Housing Divide


Housing is a basic necessity — a fact that a year full of virtual school and stay-at-home public health recommendations has underscored. But housing also shapes almost every part of our lives, from the community of neighbors we belong to, to the school districts our children attend.

The zip-code a person grows up in can radically shape their future. Many of Connecticut’s towns and cities are racially and socioeconomically segregated — with municipalities just a few miles apart featuring staggering disparities in income and racial makeup.

On this episode of CUTLINE, host Lucy Nalpathanchil will take a look at the policies driving segregation in our state, and how this issue relates to a broader national crisis in housing stability — particularly as we come out of a pandemic that has put so many families on the brink.

This program originally aired on May 20, 2021.

In June 2021, Governor Ned Lamont signed HB 6107 into law. This bill includes several of the proposals discussed by Sara Bronin and Senator Tony Hwang during this program, including specifying that references to the “character” of towns in zoning rules must articulate specific physical characteristics. It also requires towns to allow accessory dwelling units (ADUs) on lots with single-family homes, although towns could vote to opt out of this requirement.

“Connecticut’s Housing Divide” will air on Thursday, April 21 at 8 p.m. on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream.

It will encore on Sunday, April 24 at 10 a.m. and Tuesday, April 26 at 11 p.m. on CPTV and the CPTV Livestream. It will also encore on Saturday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, April 24 at 6 p.m., and Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. on CPTV Spirit.


New episodes of CUTLINE premiere each month on CPTV. Each episode is available for on-demand viewing concurrent with its television premiere. Episodes will be available on cptv.org, as well as at video.cptv.org; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)

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