CCEH’s Municipal Campaign
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness has joined forces with the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities and Sustainable CT to announce a statewide effort to engage towns and cities in efforts to end homelessness.
The municipal campaign has its roots in efforts launched in 2019 by CCM’s Mayors Homelessness Prevention Task Force. Led by Mayor Ben Blake of Milford and Mayor Erin Stewart of New Britain, the task force has engaged mayors and first selectmen around the state in taking action to end homelessness locally. The campaign itself offers towns and their residents a variety of ways to make an impact including passing a resolution committing the town to ending homelessness in the region and taking specific actions which will be rewarded by points under the Sustainable CT certification framework starting in January of 2021.
There are lots of ways for your town to get involved. Here are a few:
- Host a Virtual Town Hall: Check out this Virtual Town Hall that the Town of Hamden held during this year’s Annual Training Institute and Conference. Hosting a town hall is a great way to inform residents about services available to them and ways they can help. Visit our Guide to Holding a Virtual Town Hall for tips on how you can hold your own town hall.
- Pass a resolution. The CCM Mayors’ Task Force is asking towns to pass resolutions committing to making homelessness in your town and surrounding region rare, brief, and non-recurring. Click here for language that your town can use for your resolution.
- Get certified. CCEH and CCM have partnered with Sustainable CT to develop a set of actions that will be rolled out in pilot form in January of 2021. Seeking certification during the pilot phase is a great way to make sure that you are prepared in 2022 when the actions will become required. CCEH is committed to providing technical assistance to towns.
- Appoint a municipal point-person. Ending homelessness is a cross-departmental challenge, but it helps to have a person focused on moving your efforts ahead. Please let us know if you are the point person for your town’s homelessness prevention efforts using this form.
- Tell us how we can help. Please stay in touch with us about specific issues relating to homelessness that your town is experiencing. We are here to help!
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Guide to Holding a Virtual Town Hall on Homelessness
A special thanks to the Town of Hamden for hosing a fantastic Virtual Town Hall on homelessness during this year’s Annual Training Institute and Conference. Hosting a town hall is a great way to inform residents about services available to them and ways they can help. Here are some steps your town can take to host your own Virtual Town Hall.
- Watch Hamden’s Virtual Town Hall. Hamden put together a fantastic webinar for towns to use as a model. Watch and learn!
- Figure out who should be part of it. Homelessness prevention is a cross-departmental initiative. Here are some people you should make sure you have at the table for yours:
- Social Services.
- Youth Services Director and/or Youth Service Bureau.
- Your town may have other partners who are actively involved in efforts to address homelessness so please invite them to the table.
- Topics to touch on. We encourage towns to use their town halls to touch on a variety of topics which will be part of the Sustainable CT roadmap:
- Public Awareness and Education