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Blueprint for Housing Provides Data on Nine Connecticut Towns
Use the tools below to interact with data from your community.
All of these tools are designed to be interactive. Click on areas within the charts or map to access the housing data within each.
If you need additional help, refer to the drop down boxes next to each chart. Sources, definitions, and other information are included to make using the data as easy as possible.
You may also jump to the pages for each town, which provide additional housing data, demographics, and other more community-specific information. Select any of the towns from the left.
This resource was created to provide housing data for nonprofits, public officials, and community members to use for grant writing, advocacy, and informing public policy.
Blueprint for Housing was created with generous support from Liberty Bank Foundation and SI Financial Group Foundation.
It has been a project of the Affordable Housing Subcommittee of the Windham Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. You can learn more about all of the partners that made this project possible here.
Housing Cost As a Percent of Income
US Census ACS 2013 5-Year Estimates
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Census determine housing affordability using the percent of income spent on housing. Housing costs that exceed 30 percent of monthly household income have historically been viewed as an indicator of a housing affordability problem.
- US Census ACS 2013 5-Year Estimates
- US Department of Housing & Urban Development – 2015 Fair Market Rents
- CT Dept. of Housing – Affordable Housing Appeals List 2013
- CHFA – Connecticut Housing Finance Authority 2013 Lis Penden and Deed Filings
How it Works
Click on a town in the map to view a profile containing a comprehensive selection of housing data.
Click on the town’s name in the profile to learn more about that town.
Affordable Units: This is the percent of the total housing units in a town that the state of Connecticut considers to be affordable through a subsidy of some kind. The subsidy can be in the form of Government Assistance, Tenant Rental Assistance, CHFA/USDA Mortgages, or Deed Restricted Units. To receive certain kinds of funding, Connecticut towns are required to allow at least 10% of all housing units to be affordable.
Units Built Before 1970: This is the percent of total housing units that were built before 1960. This is an important figure when looking at local housing because it indicates the number of units that may be outdated or unsafe for habitation.
Fair Market Rent (FMR): This is the suggested rental value of an apartment, as determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), based on the number of bedrooms and the Area Media Income. HUD adjusts FMRs annually, and uses them to administer housing subsidies.
Why is 30% Important? The US Department of Housing and Urban Development and the US Census determine housing affordability using the percent of income spent on housing. Housing costs that exceed 30 percent of monthly household income have historically been viewed as an indicator of a housing affordability problem.
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CHFA – Connecticut Housing Finance Authority 2013 Lis Penden and Deed Filings
How it Works
Compare the number of foreclosures by town in the Windham Region. Click on the town name (next to the colored squares) in the chart above to add/remove it from the graph. You can hover over the individual points on the chart to see the specific number for each data point.