We often get correspondence from people looking to move to Hartford or from those trying to relocate somewhere else in town. There are some standard pieces of advice that we will give — check out a neighborhood on foot and late at night, decide what your priorities are when it comes to what you want to live near, and look for rental signs or go word-of-mouth instead of just finding listings online — but we are not experts and are unable to comment much beyond those ideas about comfort vs. safety.
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center has conducted research over several years. They say that they have learned there is “a lack of housing mobility for low-income residents in the Greater Hartford area. Many citizens feel unhappy with their current living situation, but do not believe they can move, even to other neighborhoods in the same city. Obstacles such as lack of knowledge about schools or services in a town, confusion about housing voucher application processes, difficulty finding listings of available apartments, as well as fear of discrimination prevent people from moving.”
To move toward a solution, they have created a “Moving Forward Guide” that shares basic tools for moving, but also delves into eligibility requirements for certain types of housing, financial planning, and how to identify and deal with housing discrimination.
The first edition of the guide has launched today.
Read the guide online or request a copy
The guide’s language is very accessible (we’ve read it), but those who would like more assistance with moving can take a free class provided by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. The first class will take place on July 16, 2015 at the Hartford Public Library. For more info or to sign up, go to the website or call (860) 856-5496.
left-to-right: Luke Bronin, Joel Cruz, Jr., John Gale, Giselle Jacobs, Robert Killian, Mayor Segarra, Lew Brown
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Photo by Christopher Brown
With attempts to remove eleven residents from a 9-bedroom home on Scarborough Street underway, the family gathered today in City Hall to strike back.
The 68 Scarborough attorney, Peter Gosselin, said that his clients instructed him to file a lawsuit in federal district court, alleging that their constitutional rights have been violated. This was filed this morning.
Photo by Christopher Brown
Additionally, they will be filing an injunction to prevent accruing fines until a court ruling is made. If this is not granted, they can be fined $100-250 per day or face ten days of imprisonment.
As became clear yesterday, attempts to amicably resolve the issue have gone nowhere.
As dirt was piled on top of frozen ground, destined to be “broken” for a project that had been declared done before any consultation with the public, and as distraction-upon-distraction was thrown at residents on an evening utterly overloaded with City meetings, a group of young(ish) professionals were told they do not belong here.
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Not wholly unexpected, the West End Civic Association officially backed out of any involvement in the attempt by some to evict a family from its 68 Scarborough Street home. The organization’s official message:
The WECA Board feels unable to take a position, given the legal complexities and ambiguities in the zoning regulations, around the issues on 68 Scarborough Street.
WECA has the ability to recommend policy to city officials, boards, and commissions, but is not the entity that directly determines policy. In its message, it said the group has neither the expertise nor the authority to handle this matter.
What happens next? Put the City of Hartford’s Planning and Zoning Commission meetings on your calendar. With or without neighborhood group recommendations, they are the ones with the expertise and authority to, as they say, address the legal complexities and ambiguities in zoning regulations.