Catalyst Endowment Fund 2021 Topic: Historic Roots in Inequitable Housing Policy

This is the resource page for Catalyst's 2021 topic. For the resource page on their 2022 topic, ABC's of Mental Health, click here.

Stable housing is fundamental to family success, community stability, health outcomes, educational achievement and economic growth. Historic housing policies such as redlining set in motion decades of community disinvestment that has plagued many neighborhoods since and has concentrated poverty in urban areas. In Hartford, an eviction crisis was underway even before COVID-19; this is expected to get worse with a surge of evictions in 2021, disproportionately impacting the estimated 140,000 low income renter households in Connecticut.

With Black and Latinx families overrepresented among renters in Connecticut, and more than 60 percent of Black and Latinx families renting, the impending housing crisis is also seen as a civil rights issue. What can policies of the past tell us about housing challenges today?

“Eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.”  ― Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016)

“It was federal, state and local policies, explicitly racial, that created the segregation that we know today.” ― Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017)

In October, the Catalyst Endowment Fund awarded three grants to combat housing inequity. Click here to learn more.

2021 Timeline

  • April 8, 2021: A Place to Call Home: Fighting Racial Disparities in Housing Access, Quality and Stability - Click to view recording
  • June 29, 2021: Historic Roots of Inequitable Housing Policies - Click to view recording
  • July 20, 2021: 100 Years of Fair Housing with CT Fair Housing Center - Click to view recording
  • October 26, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM: Grantmaking Meeting
    As the final Catalyst Endowment Fund meeting of 2021, members met via Zoom to virtually vote on which programs to fund. Grants were awarded to Desegregate Connecticut, Keep The Promise Coalition (KTP) and Open Communities Alliance (OCA). For more information on this meeting, click here.

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A list of current housing articles can be found on The CTMirror website here.