2017 has been quite a year! The work of Open Communities Alliance has never been more essential. Did you know that Connecticut is one of the most segregated states in the nation? OCA is ready to expand to address this fact, but we need your help!
We are witnessing changes - but there is more to do. Open Communities has helped to initiate a genuine conversation about how housing policy affects racial and ethnic disparities across silos; stakeholders have adopted the language of opportunity; and housing policies are being adjusted to promote greater choice. Still, with an administration in Washington, DC brought to us in large part by our racial division and in the midst of an unprecedented state investment in affordable housing that needs to be done right, OCA’s voice is critical.
2017 has been busy for Open Communities Alliance. Our work has included:
- Advancing a cutting-edge policy agenda geared toward ending segregation in Connecticut and generating replicable models that can be applied elsewhere in the country.
- Producing Out of Balance: Subsidized Housing, Segregation and Opportunity in Connecticut, a comprehensive analysis of how government housing investments over time and today reinforce lines of segregation.
- Hosting a statewide tour attended by over 650 people for segregation historian Richard Rothstein, author of the National Book Award nominated, Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America.
- Lending a unique and independent perspective to the Legislature's Fair Housing Task Force.
- Reaching over 1500 people through a direct education and outreach campaign.
- Bringing litigation against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to block the rollback of housing civil rights across the country in OCA v. Carson.
Your financial support is more critical now. In the midst of all of these accomplishments, due to strategic decisions to make geographically-focused investments outside of Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the country, our two major national donors have pulled out of Connecticut. We are optimistic about support from other local and national foundations, but this has made it clear that the Open Communities movement happens most effectively and consistently when individuals invest time, energy, and, yes, money in addressing racial disparities and segregation. This is where you come in.
We need you! Please consider generously supporting Open Communities Alliance! If you donate $200 or more, we will send you a complementary copy of The Color of Law!
Here is how you can give:
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