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    Housing Solutions Lab
    Thursday, March 23, 2023

    About this series


    Affordable and safe housing is a basic need for every member of our community, and yet it’s in short supply.

    The Day wants to be part of the solution and has undertaken a year-long investigation into the housing crisis. We could only tackle a project of this scope with the help of community and philanthropic partners, and we’re grateful for the support.

    (Donate to The Day’s Community Journalism Fund.)

    We begin with an overview of the crisis and with stories told in the voices of those affected. In the coming months we will report on and advocate for solutions. We are producing a podcast called In Short Supply and a Housing Solutions Lab newsletter.

    You’ll find all of the content on line at www.theday.com/housinglab.

    What’s next:

    Monday: We look at people who are living at the Red Roof Inn in New London because they can’t afford permanent housing.

    August: Crystal Avenue high-rise. New London’s solution for affordable housing in the 1960s was a high-rise apartment complex known as the Thames River Apartments. We report on the history of the towers, which closed in 2018 and were demolished this past spring, and the people who lived there.

    September: Housing and Health. We explore the rights of area renters whose homes are contaminated with mold and lead and provide tips on how to prevent illness.

    September: Housing market. We’ll look at the housing market through the eyes of potential buyers, renters and real estate professionals.

    October: Plans and policies. We’ll analyze the affordable housing plans of southeastern Connecticut towns and look at the state’s affordable housing laws.

    January 2023: Evictions. We’re partnering with University of Connecticut journalism students to analyze data on evictions, attend housing court and interview people who are affected.

    January to July 2023: Solutions. We’ll find housing programs and policies that are working and report on how they could be expanded in our region.

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