Connecticut Fair Housing Center, Inc.
221 Main St
Hartford CT 06106-1890
Contact Information
Address 221 Main St
Hartford, CT 06106-1890
Telephone (860) 247-4400 x
Fax 860-247-4236
Web and Social Media
The mission of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut, free from discrimination.
At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1996
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
CEO/Executive Director Erin Kemple
Board Chair Christian Sager
Board Chair Company Affiliation Travelers
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expenses Bar Graph - All Years
Mission The mission of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center is to ensure that all people have equal access to housing opportunities in Connecticut, free from discrimination.

Since 1994, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center has provided no-cost investigative and legal services to residents who believe they have been the victims of housing discrimination. The Center also has provided education and conducted outreach on fair housing and fair lending issues throughout Connecticut, educating residents, housing providers, local officials, and others. In addition, the Center has worked with the State of Connecticut, municipalities, housing developers, housing managers, and others to promote compliance with federal fair housing laws.

In 2008, in response to complaints from minority homeowners in what would eventually become a nationwide housing crisis, the Center began expanding its work to include foreclosure prevention, anti-predatory lending, and fair lending efforts, including legal services, education, and advocacy.

The Center has also conducted research in collaboration with partners across the state and nation to analyze levels of housing segregation, access to opportunity, systemic housing discrimination, and related issues.  

The reach and impact of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center’s work continued to expand in 2017.  We opened 1,176 new cases for victims of housing discrimination and homeowners facing foreclosure. The fair housing staff worked closely with the foreclosure prevention staff to address fair housing issues that arose while fighting foreclosures. The foreclosure prevention staff expanded efforts to address lending discrimination, and all staff stepped up efforts to provide information on the fair housing, fair lending and foreclosure prevention laws to individuals seeking housing, housing providers, and our State and local government partners.
Distribution of the Center’s Moving Forward Renters’ Guide, which helps people identify the best housing opportunities for their families and understand and utilize their fair housing rights, continued statewide in 2017.  The Center also released our new Moving Forward Homebuyers' Guide to assist homebuyers in exploring communities, navigating the homebuying process, and protecting their fair housing and lending rights in the process.  Overall, through distribution of our educational materials and providing trainings and presentation on the fair housing laws around the state, the Center's education and outreach efforts reached over 4,000 people in 2017.
In the Center’s fair housing enforcement work, the staff continued to expand investigation and enforcement efforts into new communities.  We published 3 reports on access to public and subsidized housing, fair lending in the state of Connecticut, and foreclosure prevention trends. We performed nearly 200 fair housing tests to investigate fair housing complaints; discrimination against African-Americans in communities that had high rates of police stops; treatment of transgender people in accessing homeless shelters; discrimination against Latinos; lending and home sales testing for discrimination against African-Americans; and treatment of African-Americans and Latinos who have criminal records. Our project to test the treatment of transgender people accessing homeless shelters and subsequently train shelter staff on fair housing rights of this population provided a rare opportunity to retest and measure the effectiveness of our fair housing training. From 2016 to 2017, there was a 49% drop in shelters discriminating against transgender people after the Center trained nearly 300 shelter staff. 
The Center’s foreclosure prevention team continued to file complaints against lenders and servicers who have improperly foreclosed on individuals. New reports of foreclosure activity in early 2018 show that Connecticut is still in the top five states in the nation when it comes to foreclosure rates. The high demand for individual client service in foreclosure actions has not stopped the foreclosure prevention unit from investigating systemic mortgage lending discrimination. As the lending market continues to rebound, the Center is dedicated to ensuring that the discrimination and redlining practices which have prevented many people of color in Connecticut from obtaining loans do not rebound as well.
The Center's staff and Board of Directors have built a solid foundation for the sustainability of our organization in recent years.  However, we continue to seek new funding sources to diversify our revenue stream and are working to engage our Board in increased individual fundraising efforts.  
Another challenge is that our current office space is no longer working well for the organization - it is at full capacity, it is outdated, it has limited visibility from the street, and it has extremely limited conference/meeting space.  Because of these issues, we have been exploring new office space for the past two years, but so far have not found a space that will meet all of our needs and fit within our budget.
CEO Statement
Decades of research have proven that place matters.  Where we live determines our access to quality schools, good jobs, healthcare, healthy food and outdoor space, and other opportunities.  Unfortunately, discrimination - both at the individual and systemic levels - continues to prevent too many Connecticut residents from living where they choose. 
For over 20 years, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center has worked to fight housing discrimination in all its forms and promote more integrated, inclusive communities of opportunity across the state.  
The Center is the only full-service nonprofit fair housing organization serving the entire state of Connecticut. We are also the only nonprofit in Connecticut providing no-cost legal services and representation to homeowners facing foreclosure.  Through our twenty years of experience in this field, we have become the foremost experts on fair housing and fair lending issues in the state, and often lend this expertise to local officials (i.e., zoning & town development officials, local fair housing officers), State officials, housing providers, social service providers, real estate professionals, and others to help improve understanding of and compliance with the fair housing laws.  We also educate thousands of Connecticut residents each year about their fair housing rights through trainings and workshops, participation in community events, and our unique, award-winning guides and publications. 
In recent years, the Center has successfully worked to diversify its funding stream so that the future of our work is not dependent on any single type of funding.  We have also built up a healthy reserve fund to sustain us through difficult times.  However, the Center’s staff, Board of Directors, and supporters are concerned about the future. The newly elected administration is dedicated to reducing the size of government. This may mean that our clients will lose housing vouchers, access to public housing, or other public benefits which allow them to remain in their homes. It may also mean that some of the Center’s funding sources will be reduced or eliminated at a time when our work is more important than ever. The Center stands ready to meet these challenges, but will need the help of you, our supporters. As you read about our work and accomplishments, it is our hope that you will be inspired to join us in the fight for fair housing in Connecticut this year and beyond.
Erin Kemple, Executive Director
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Crime & Legal - Related / Legal Services
Secondary Organization Category Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy / Civil Rights
Areas Served
State wide
Free investigative and legal services (including representation if needed) to Connecticut residents who believe they have experienced housing discrimination.  We investigate housing discrimination claims and, if meritorious, intervene through both legal and non-legal means with the ultimate goal of opening up access to housing for members of the protected classes.
(The "protected classes" under federal and State fair housing laws are race, color, national origin, sex, ancestry, religion, family status or presence of children, mental or physical disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, legal source of income (i.e. section 8), gender identity or expression).
Population Served General/Unspecified / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description Since the housing crisis of 2008 revealed that people and communities of color were disproportionately impacted by the foreclosure crisis and unfair lending and mortgage servicing practices, the Center made foreclosure prevention a part of its mission. We provide no-cost legal assistance and representation to homeowners facing foreclosure across Connecticut.  We also host foreclosure prevention clinics across the state, staff "attorney for a day" tables at courthouses to provide brief advice and counseling to homeowners, and publish a self-representation guide for people facing foreclosure in order to empower homeowners with a better understanding of their rights during the foreclosure process so that they can successfully represent themselves when possible. 
Population Served Adults / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Description The Center provides statewide education and outreach on the fair housing laws to educate residents, municipal leaders, housing providers, and policymakers about fair housing rights and responsibilities. Research shows that the vast majority of people who experience housing discrimination do not report it, often because of a lack of understanding of either fair housing rights or where to turn for help.  In addition, our own experience has shown that there remains a great deal of misunderstanding among housing providers, landlords, zoning and development officials, and other key stakeholders about the fair housing laws, the history of housing discrimination, and related issues.  By educating residents as well as housing stakeholders, we are working to increase understanding of fair housing rights and compliance with the fair housing laws.
Population Served General/Unspecified / /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Program is frequently assessed based on predetermined program goals Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service. In 2016, we trained over 1,400 people on the fair housing laws, reached more than 4,000 Connecticut residents at fairs, festivals, conferences, and other events throughout the state, and distributed nearly 10,000 of our educational guides, brochures and other publications.
CEO/Executive Director
Erin Kemple
Term Start June 2003
Erin Kemple has worked to protect the rights of people of color and low-income communities for nearly three decades. In 1985, she was admitted to legal practice in Massachusetts, where she specialized in representing low income individuals and families with housing and benefits complaints. She spent 14 years as founder, legal director and executive director of the Housing Discrimination Project, a private fair housing organization serving all of central and western Massachusetts.
Since 2003, Ms. Kemple has served as Executive Director of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. While at the Center, she has advised state and local officials regarding the implementation of fair housing plans to overcome those impediments. Ms. Kemple is a graduate of Suffolk University Law School and the College of the Holy Cross.
Number of Full Time Staff 14
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 16
Staff Retention Rate 93%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 3
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 Multiracial
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 10
Unspecified 0
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Board Chair
Christian Sager
Company Affiliation Travelers
Term June 2017 to June 2019
Board of Directors
Jasmine Alcantara JLA Group
Jon Bauer University of Connecticut School of Law
Dr. William Clark Strive
Anna Dumais The Hartford
Nilda Havrilla Connecticut Legal Services
Nancy Hronek Greater Hartford Legal Aid
Ali Muhammad Husnain Aetna
Barris Malcolm University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Nara Mijid CT Center for Innovative Entrepreneurs
Andraya Pulaski Day Pitney, LLP
Abena Sarpong Aetna
Earl Stallings Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner, & Smith, Inc.
Shelley White New Haven Legal Assistance
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 4
Asian American/Pacific Islander 3
Caucasian 6
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 8
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Board Development / Board Orientation
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2018
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2018
Projected Revenue $1,705,279.00
Projected Expenses $1,797,377.00
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$1,440,566$1,167,285$873,852
Current Assets$1,012,770$753,933$837,454
Long-Term Liabilities$106,234----
Current Liabilities$167,220$276,530$137,595
Total Net Assets$1,167,112$890,755$736,257
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountUS Dept. of Housing and Urban Development $846,666US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development $450,000US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development $626,781
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConnecticut Dept. of Housing $670,000Connecticut Dept. of Housing $670,000Connecticut Dept. of Housing $670,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountConnecticut Bar Foundation $116,307Connecticut Bar Foundation $165,861Connecticut Bar Foundation $144,656
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Foundation Staff Comments This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Some financial information from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved has been inputted by Foundation staff. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. A more complete picture of the organization’s finances can be obtained by viewing the attached 990s and audited financials. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.
Address 221 Main St
Hartford, CT 061061890
Primary Phone 860 247-4400
Contact Email
CEO/Executive Director Erin Kemple
Board Chair Christian Sager
Board Chair Company Affiliation Travelers


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