Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and a host of federal officials spoke at the Zero: 2016 CT Summit on Wednesday October 28 to kick off Connecticut’s strategic plan to end all chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Connecticut is one of only four states to participate in the national Zero: 2016 initiative organized by Community Solutions. Hosted by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Partnership for Strong Communities, the summit brought together officials from the state Departments of Housing and Mental Health & Addiction Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and local partners.
The State of Connecticut Department of Housing (“DOH”) is committed to supporting emergency shelters to provide for the basic needs of homeless individuals and families.
The goal of this NOFA is to provide capital funding to upgrade the condition of existing emergency shelter facilities, including upgrades to support the overall health and safety of shelter residents. Examples include, improvements to kitchens, bathrooms and sleeping areas, beds, generators, painting, plumbing and electrical repair and upgrades, heating and air conditioning systems, and energy conservation.
DOH seeks to prioritize emergency shelters that need to make changes to their properties to become compliant with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (“HUD”) requirements.
Understanding the current policies and laws regarding the LGBTQ community in today’s social services and homeless outreach landscape is essential to not only maintaining funding, but also providing quality care to clients across Connecticut.
The CT Coalition to end homelessness is running a series of trainings on these issues, including New Haven, Norwich, Manchester, Norwalk, and Middletown, and would be happy to host one with you and your team of service providers.