HousingSmarts is a resource for creating and preserving affordable housing across Connecticut.
Real estate development is a niche market and specialized field of work. The complexities and competition for limited public funding coupled with the long real estate development process are often reasons more organizations do not achieve their end goal.
HousingSmarts is a one-stop shop for organizations big and small that want to build affordable housing in CT. Our consulting services support organizations every step of the way, from the inception of an idea to obtaining the funding needed on through to construction completion.
We are passionate about providing affordable housing and believe that housing is a human right. To that end, we are relentless in getting the job done right and efficiently.
HousingSmarts was founded by Elizabeth (Liz) Torres. With more than 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit community development and dedication to ending poverty, she has demonstrated a masterful ability to launch, grow and lead initiatives in response to community needs. Her strong experience with Connecticut’s housing sector has earned her multiple awards and recognitions in the affordable housing industry. She also has the respect and trust of her extensive network in and throughout the State and beyond. Her strong financial acumen and knowledge of real estate development and finance is second to none! Among her many talents, Liz’s skills include: strategic planning and implementation, team building, relationship cultivation, public relations and fund raising.
On a personal note, she has two children and five grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and hiking the Appalachian Trial. In 2018 Liz completed the Camino de Santiago.
I have spent my entire adult life in the community development and affordable housing sector in CT. Throughout my career, I have played a role in creating nearly 500 units of affordable housing units leveraging millions of public and private financing. Given my experience and track record, I am poised to successfully help you launch your affordable housing projects.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”