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2017 Count Finds Lowest Levels of Homelessness to Date in Connecticut

May 18, 2017

The January 24th count, coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), showed that overall homelessness in Connecticut is down 13 percent compared to 2016, and down by 24 percent since 2007, the first year the census was conducted statewide. The 2017 count represents the lowest totals ever in a statewide CT PIT Count for individuals, families, veterans, and chronically homeless.  Surveyors identified 3,387 individuals experiencing homelessness (down from 3,902 in 2016,).

The continuing decline follows major investments to end homelessness by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly, in tandem with concerted efforts to coordinate and target resources at the community level.  Connecticut’s work has earned national acclaim: the federal government confirmed in 2015 that Connecticut had effectively ended chronic homelessness among veterans. 

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15th Annual Conference Celebrates Progress, Plans Next Steps to End Homelessness in Connecticut

May 11, 2017

2017 event turns state focus toward ending family and youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness 15th Annual Training Institute take place May 18, 2017 from 7:45-4:30 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event convenes nearly 400 leaders and practitioners from the field of homelessness, colleagues from government, and philanthropy from across the state. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a champion of efforts to end homelessness, will speak to kick off the event’s lunch.

The conference will focus on building off of Connecticut’s success in ending veteran homelessness (one of the first two states federally certified for this achievement) and driving down chronic homelessness. Due to coordinated efforts across the state, Connecticut has seen four straight years of declining homelessness. The state’s next goals are to end homelessness among families and youth.

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Severe Cold Weather Protocol Activated: Extension to March 16

March 9, 2017

At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

Update: The protocol currently in effect, which began 5 pm on Friday, March 10, is now being extended until 8 am Thursday, March 16.

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Synchrony Financial Invests to End Family Homelessness

February 16, 2017

The Synchrony Financial Families That Work program has made a generous grant of $200,000 to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’s be homeful project to prevent the homelessness of families in Fairfield County.

Stamford-based Synchrony Financial’s commitment is expected to prevent approximately 100 families in Fairfield County from becoming homeless this year, a figure which represents approximately half of the families that enter the shelter system each year in Fairfield County. The grant will include critically-needed emergency assistance funds that frontline workers in the region can access to help families seeking shelter stay in their homes.

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Advocacy Action Alert: Help us Defend 8-30g!

February 13, 2017

Help us Defend 8-30g, an important took for the creation of Affordable Housing. Section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes, the “Connecticut Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure,” has been a critically important tool in helping expand the stock of affordable housing in Connecticut. Expansion of affordable housing is central to the success of our efforts to end homelessness in our state.8-30g is under attack! There are more than 30 bills pending that would significantly carve back, or even repeal, 8-30g. Please join CCEH in supporting the 8-30g statute at the February 16 hearing of the Housing Committee. Click here to read more on what you can do.

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Severe Cold Weather Protocol Activated

February 9, 2017

At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong wind gusts, resulting in negative wind chill factors, from this evening through the day tomorrow. The current protocol will be in effect from 5 pm today, February 9, until tomorrow, Friday February 10 at 5 pm.

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Microsoft, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Team Up to Count Connecticut’s Homeless Youth

January 19, 2017

Technology giant builds app to help CT assess the scope of youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting a statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth (ages 13-24) from January 25 to January 31, and Microsoft is helping.

Through an app built by a team at Microsoft and Hartford-based technology services provider Nutmeg Consulting, CCEH volunteers will be able to complete a survey on smartphones with youth facing homelessness. Microsoft and Nutmeg donated their employees’ time to create the app using Microsoft Azure cloud and Xamarin, a new Microsoft product that delivers a native application on Windows, Android, and iOS environments.

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Gov. Malloy and Congressional Delegation Announce $6.6 Million Federal Grant to Help End Youth Homelessness

January 13, 2017

Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving a $6.6 million federal grant to help support the state’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020.

The award, which comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, will be utilized to create new and innovative housing with support service programs to serve youth experiencing homelessness. Connecticut was one of only ten communities in the country selected by HUD to receive this award out of over 130 applicants. The state received the largest allocation of any grantee under this program.

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Gov. Malloy Announces that due to Unprecedented Housing Efforts, State is able to match every Chronically Homeless Individual to Permanent Housing

January 12, 2017

Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that with the state’s significantly increased housing efforts over the last few years and focused strategies to end homelessness, the State of Connecticut has reached new record levels and is able to connect every chronically homeless person in the state with permanent housing. Connecticut’s efforts on this front are leading the nation in bringing chronic homelessness to new lows.

This announcement means that the state, in collaboration with its network of nonprofit community providers, has strengthened its housing system to the point that every person who has been verified as being chronically homeless has been matched to permanent housing, and whenever a new episode of chronic homelessness occurs, that person can be matched to housing within 90 days or less.

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Citizens Bank awards CCEH $15,000 for Point-in-Time Count

January 9, 2017

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is pleased to announce that Citizens Bank has awarded a contribution of $15,000 to support the Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a major national event in which volunteers in every state in the country turn out to conduct a one-night count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. This is a one-night activity in which volunteers will meet at one of 20+ locations in Connecticut to canvas an assigned census block or set of census blocks and survey individuals or families experiencing homelessness.

Coordinated in Connecticut by CCEH in partnership with every homeless provider in the state, the Point-in-Time Count fulfills a central need for efforts to end homelessness by fulfilling HUD’s requirement that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons sheltered on a single night, thus providing vital data to guide our efforts while also playing a key role in helping our state secure federal resources toward ending homelessness.

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Help End Youth Homelessness: Join the 2017 Youth Count

December 21, 2016

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting the second statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth ages 13-24 from January 25-January 31, 2017. The 2017 CT Youth Count will provide information essential to our efforts to advance toward the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Volunteers are needed across the state to support this effort.

The success of the 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Please join participate and volunteer. Together, we can end youth homelessness in Connecticut!

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2016 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

December 21, 2016

On National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day we remember our neighbors who have died homeless in the past year. As the first official day of winter, this is the longest night of the year. Advocates, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families, as well as community members often come together in memories of those lost.

Please consider attending a memorial event in your area.

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Severe Weather Protocol Alert: December 15-December 17, 2016

December 15, 2016

At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Department of Emergency Services/Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DESPP/ DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong winds, resulting in single digit temperatures with wind chill factors below zero, Thursday night through Saturday morning. The protocol will remain in effect from 4:00 pm Thursday, December 15 until Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 am.

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Join the Effort to End Homelessness with the Upcoming Homeless Census

December 7, 2016

On January 24th, 2017, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) seeks volunteers to take part in this year’s national census of homelessness, the Point-in-Time (PIT) count, an important annual exercise to count the total number of homeless on a given night across Connecticut and the country.

The success of the January 24 Point-in-Time Count and 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Please volunteer your time to show your commitment and build momentum toward ending homelessness. Together, we can bring an end to homelessness in Connecticut.

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CCEH and CT Realtors ask CT to help gift a Paddington bear to a homeless child

November 14, 2016

In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) and the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation are asking all Connecticut residents to join them to “be homeful for the holidays” and make a donation to the be homeful project to help families remain in the warmth of a home.

CCEH’s be homeful project aims to end homelessness one family at a time. 1,000 families experience homelessness in Connecticut each year, including 2,000 children. CCEH is also partnered with Paddington Bear™ to raise awareness about the issue of family homelessness.

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Request for Proposals: Connecticut Homeless Services Program

October 27, 2016

The State of Connecticut, Department of Housing (DOH), is seeking proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and municipalities to provide at least one program for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness along the Connecticut continuum of services.

This continuum includes coordinated access services, shelter diversion services, shelter operations, rapid re-housing services, new permanent supportive housing services or youth transitional living programs.

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CCEH and CT REALTORS® Foundation ask CT to hold “bear-raisers” for homeless children

October 25, 2016

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation to launch “be homeful for the holidays”, a special seasonal promotion designed to raise funds to end family homelessness in Connecticut.

CCEH is also partnered with Paddington Bear™ to raise awareness about the issue of family homelessness. Paddington himself was homeless at the start of his journey, which is why he is an ideal “spokesbear” for the issue.

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Updated Guidance on Administering the VI-SPDAT

October 17, 2016

Letter from the Department of Housing and the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services on updates to guidance around administering the VI-SPDAT in CAN Assessments and Outreach.

Our thinking regarding Coordinated Access Networks continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and as a national leader in ending chronic homelessness, Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of best practice development. The challenge of being a national leader is that we are constantly learning as we create the system and create best practices. The ability to seek input from other communities nationally is limited, because their systems are not yet as sophisticated.

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Municipalities are Essential Partners in Effort to End Chronic Homelessness

September 14, 2016

Earlier this year Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein reached out to leadership of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities to solicit their support for Zero: 2016, a campaign to end chronic homelessness in Connecticut this year. The city of Manchester responded to the call – Mayor Jay Moran pledged to support the campaign by partnering with local providers and providing a $1,000 donation to the local Zero: 2016 effort.

The Zero: 2016 Campaign is a national initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of this year.

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The 2016 NAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness

August 4, 2016

CCEH staff and colleagues from across Connecticut attended the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. July 26-28.

NAEH leadership highlighted Connecticut’s great work throughout the conference – CCEH staff and colleagues from the Department of Housing and the Partnership for Strong Communities presented in multiple sessions, demonstrating that Connecticut is a leader in the field and that we are advancing the model for ending homelessness. We feature summaries from CCEH highlighting some of the conference’s best sessions on cutting-edge issues of interest in efforts to end homelessness.

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Opening Doors of Fairfield County 2016: Application for New Rapid Rehousing Projects

July 21, 2016

The application has been released by Opening Doors of Fairfield County (ODFC)/CT-503 to solicit proposals for Rapid Rehousing (RRH) for youth 18-24, single adults and/or families to be administered by the CT Department of Housing (CT DOH). Funds will be awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2016 Funds in the Continuum of Care Program Competition, a national competition using the scoring criteria defined in the FY16 NOFA. The ODFC jurisdiction includes three sub-regions.

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Action Alert: Sign On to Increase McKinney Funding & Protect United States Interagency Council on Homelessness!

July 5, 2016

Thanks in large part to your hard work, both chambers of Congress – especially the House – provided significant increases to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in their T-HUD bills. Now, we will need to continue our efforts to ensure that at least the House level is included in the final FY 2017 spending bill. In addition, the existence and capacity of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is threatened, and we will need to work together to defend it.

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Opening Doors of Fairfield County: Request for Proposals

June 3, 2016

Opening Doors of Fairfield County (ODFC) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide time limited strategic planning services for the collaborative. The planning services will include: reviewing information about the collective impact efforts to provide services designed to reduce time spent homeless, end chronic homelessness and provide supportive services for individuals, families, and target groups in crisis in Fairfield County; interviewing or surveying key stakeholders to obtain information on priorities, posting planning meetings to brainstorm about the strategy; and developing a strategic plan draft that includes measurable, timed goals with specific targeted actions to achieve the desired outcomes.

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CT Balance of State Continuum of Care is seeking Applications for New Projects

May 20, 2016

CT Balance of State Continuum of Care (CT BOS) is seeking applications from providers to apply for permanent housing funds, including both permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing. HUD announced that all CoCs may create new projects through the permanent housing bonus up to 15 percent of the CoC’s FPRN. Approximately $4.9M is available in CT BOS for several types of new projects described below, including new permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing programs, through the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA. Applications are due 6/3/16 by 5: 00 pm.

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Zero:2016 Momentum Building Events:
The Push to End Chronic Homelessness is Working

May 18, 2016

Connecticut is within reach of ending chronic homelessness, or the long-term homelessness of those living with severe disabilities, by the end of 2016!

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Partnership for Strong Communities are partnering with homeless service providers across the state to rally for the next big push to achieve this historic milestone. Linda Kaufman, Manager of National Movements from Community Solutions, will be the keynote speaker. Below are the times, dates, and locations for each event to be held this w