The Department of Housing (DOH) strengthens and revitalizes communities by promoting affordable housing opportunities. DOH seeks to eliminate homelessness and to catalyze the creation and preservation of quality, affordable housing to meet the needs of all individuals and families statewide to ensure that Connecticut continues to be a great place to live and work.
The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the state's lead agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the rapidly changing, knowledge-based global economy. DECD takes a comprehensive approach to economic development that incorporates community development, transportation, education, and arts and culture.
Capital for Change (C4C) brings over fifty years of local expertise and knowledge to offer a variety of lending, funding and services to benefit low-moderate income communities in Connecticut. As a full service CDFI C4C serves people, nonprofits, businesses and public institutions in need. We champion projects of all kinds with an approach that one size does not fit all, enabling us to create high impact products and programs that increase energy efficiency, nurture small businesses, finance mixed-use developments, increase homeownership, and create affordable housing.
The Housing Development Fund (HDF) facilitates the development of affordable rental and homeownership opportunities. HDF accomplishes this mission through assisting households in becoming and remaining owners of affordable homes, and through financing affordable rental opportunities for low and moderate income households. HDF leverages private investment to make public subsidy dollars work harder to create affordable housing, offering lenders the opportunity to invest in the sustainable ownership of our communities. HDF works with state and local governments to develop innovative housing solutions and to identify qualified homebuyers for affordable housing and homebuyer assistance programs.
Connecticut Main Street Center (CMSC) works to be the catalyst that ignites Connecticut's downtowns as the cornerstones of thriving communities. CMSC brings downtowns to life all across Connecticut by helping to revitalize them as the social and economic heart of the community. At the local level, they work with dedicated stakeholders including city employees, business owners, and volunteers to help craft an inviting, vibrant downtown. At the state level, CMSC advocates for programs and policies that advance the Main Street way of life. CMSC offers education, training and technical assistance programs that teach communities how to create great downtowns. CHFA worked with CMSC to develop the Come Home to Downtown program, a technical assistance program which aims to bring more housing into downtowns in various communities throughout Connecticut.
The Hartford Community Loan Fund is a community development financial institution (CDFI) with a mission to provide and promote just and affordable financial services that benefit the low wealth residents of Hartford. HCLF provides financing for the acquisition and rehab of residential and mixed use properties in greater Hartford and throughout Connecticut.
Together with residents and partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) transforms distressed neighborhoods into healthy communities of choice and opportunity - good places to work, do business, and raise families. LISC mobilizes corporate, government, and philanthropic support to provide CDCs and nonprofit developers with loans, grants, and equity investments; policy support; and technical and management assistance. Since 1984, LISC has invested over $80 million in Connecticut communities, helping build over 4,000 units of affordable housing and nearly 365,000 square feet of commercial space. LISC administers Housing Connections, CHFA’s rural and suburban technical assistance program, which supports resident groups in building affordable housing in their community