Right-Sizing Affordable Housing Projects for Your Community

APA Connecticut Chapter


Thursday, October 18, 2018
4 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. EDT

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There is a need for affordable housing in communities throughout Southern New England, however many communities are unable, or unwilling, to permit projects to go forward. This is particularly true in smaller communities where there is often a fear of large affordable housing projects that may not fit the character of the community.

Given the lack of affordable housing in many of Connecticut’s rural and suburban communities, a unique partnership between the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC) was formed. CHFA developed a program which would provide small planning grants and technical assistance to rural and suburban communities to help spur on affordable housing development at the appropriate scale for the community. In 2007, CHFA selected LISC and the Housing Coalition of Connecticut to administer the program. Since its inception, the Housing Connections Program has provided technical assistance to 98 local organizations to support the development of over 539 units of affordable housing, with an additional 617 units in progress. This new housing development represents over $100 million of total financing invested in Connecticut’s rural and suburban communities. Most importantly, each new development reflects its local character and is developed and owned by local residents. 


Jim Horan

Invited Speaker

Jim Horan has significant experience on policy and programs to help lower-income children and families advance economically. He looks forward to working to revitalize Hartford and Connecticut's other central cities, and to create new opportunities for residents in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Jim most recently served as executive ... Read More

Jonathan Cabral

Invited Speaker

Jonathan M. Cabral, AICP: Jonathan Cabral is a Manager in the Planning, Research & Evaluation Department at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority where he regularly conducts research, as well as manages a variety of relationships and programs with nonprofit organization. Prior to joining CHFA, Jonathan worked as a Compliance Officer at ... Read More

Diane Smith

Invited Speaker

Diane L. Smith: Diane Smith is the Director of Planning, Research & Evaluation at the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority and is responsible for strategic planning, as well as the development of programs and products. Prior to her joining the Authority in 2004, Diane worked at Connecticut’s Department of Economic and ... Read More

Jocelyn Ayer

Invited Speaker

Jocelyn Ayer: Jocelyn Ayer is the Community & Economic Development Director for the Northwest Hills Council of Governments which serves 21 towns in CT’s northwest corner. She has worked on housing issues since her first job with Habitat for Humanity and has been involved in all stages from planning to ... Read More

Kate Johnson

Invited Speaker

Kate Briggs Johnson is the owner of Responsive Designs, an architectural firm located in Norfolk, Connecticut. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, School of Architecture and her Masters from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her firm specializes in Urban Design, Solar Design and Daylighting strategies ... Read More

Contact Info

Jonathan Cabral, jonathan.cabral@chfa.org