Connecticut needs stronger enforcement for affordable housing laws

Municipalities throughout Connecticut are dodging the state’s affordable housing law. The state has a homeless population of nearly 3,000, which increased by 13 percentage points from 2021 to 2022. But many municipalities are completely failing when it comes to affordable housing; 42 cities and districts remain long overdue on the mandatory affordable housing plans submission, yet they face no form of punishment.

Connecticut’s affordable housing law, 8-30j requires municipalities to submit affordable housing plans every five years with the most recent deadline being this past July. The law stems from the long-standing 8-30g bill that was enacted in 1989 that encourages the development of affordable housing in suburban communities where it makes up less than 10 percent of the housing stock. The mandatory submission of municipal plans is a great start for encouraging affordable housing, but the lack of a penalty system leaves far too much leeway for municipalities.