Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, The Connecticut Mirror, November 25
Since the mid-1980s, almost $2.2 billion in low-income housing tax credits have been awarded to construct affordable housing in the state. Just 10% were built in prosperous towns and about 80% were located in struggling communities, erecting pockets of poverty. While many state leaders across the country argue that the money goes where the need is greatest, Connecticut stands out on the national stage. In a recent federal study of 21 states, it had the second highest concentration of affordable housing in high-poverty neighborhoods, behind only Mississippi. The concentration of affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods has meant a deepening racial divide in a state that’s home to some of the most segregated neighborhoods in America.
Elizabeth Heubeck, Connecticut Health Investigative Team, November 26
An estimated 207,100 female Connecticut residents have at least one disability. The disabilities range from barely noticeable to those that render women unable to see, speak, move freely, or make sound decisions. But no matter the type of disability, all women need access to gynecological health care. There are obstacles to getting care, ranging from lack of training from doctors on how to provide care to patients with disabilities to inadequate reimbursement for the time required to gain their trust.