Government Programs

The Department of Housing and the Department of Developmental Services, run housing assistance programs aimed towards specific populations, including:


Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut and you will reach a highly-trained call specialist who will assess your needs and provide referrals to the resources in your community. Everyday, call specialists help callers find assistance for complex issues such as financial problems, substance abuse and suicide prevention and for simpler issues such as finding volunteer opportunities and donation options. 2-1-1 is available 24 hours a day every day of the year. Multilingual assistance and TDD access is also available. For more information, click here.

HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program

The HUD Continuum of Care (CoC) Program is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.  HUD funding for homeless response in Connecticut is directed in part to grants to the CoCs, which are comprised of providers of homeless services, state government representatives, local government representatives, and other community stakeholders.  Connecticut has three Continua of Care: Balance of State, Hartford, and Fairfield County.  Points of Contact and their emails for the three CoCs and the sub-regions (or “sub-CoCs”) are listed below:

Balance of State COC:
John Merz, AIDS-CT
Steve DiLella, DMHAS
Liz Isaacs, Consultant
Bristol sub-CoC:
Phil Lysiak
Paul Goodfield
Danbury sub-CoC:

Milena Sangut

New Britain sub-CoC:
Ellen Simpson, The Friendship Center
Mary Floyd, Ten-Year Plan Coordinator
Donna Bergin, The Friendship Center
Waterbury sub-CoC:
JoAnn Balanda, New Opportunities
Belinda Arce-Lopez, CHD,
Windham County/Willimantic sub-CoC:
Jeff Beadle, WRCC
Leigh Duffy, Windham No Freeze
Southeastern CT (New London/Norwich) sub-CoC:
Lisa Shippee, TVCCA
Kelly Thompson, Alliance for Living
Middlesex County (MCCHH) sub-CoC:
Ann Faust, An End in Ten
New Haven sub-CoC:
Sarah Fox, CCEH 
Bonita Grubbs, Christian Community Action
John Bradley, Liberty Community Services
Fairfield County CoC:
Pam Ralston, CCEH
David Rich, Supportive Housing WORKS
Adam Bovilsky, City of Norwalk
Hartford CoC:
Crane Cesario, DMHAS, Capitol Region
Dave Martineau, Mercy Housing
Matt Morgan, Journey Home

CoC Updated Homeless Verification Forms

Chronic Eligibility Verification Forms Checklist
CoC Homelessness Verification Form
CoC – Disability Documentation Form
Sample Third-Party Letters Documenting Chronicity