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February 12, 2021 Weekly Digest
We have numbers for our legislation bills, and announce public hearings and press conference. We also share photos from the Justice Reinvestment Coalition’s Capitol rally.

February 05, 2021 Weekly Digest
First letter from Interim CEO Evonne Klein addressing the coalition. We also announce a new campaign called CCEH Celebrates in honor of Black History Month and its design to highlight Black leaders in our field.

January 29, 2021 Weekly Digest
The President of the Board, Omar Kouatly, writes the letter for this issue introducing the new Interim CEO Evonne Klein who was the previous commissioner of the Dept. of Housing. We also announce our legislative priorities for 2021.

January 22, 2021 Weekly Digest
We sadly announce that our CEO Dr. Richard Cho will be leaving to work for the Biden Administration as a senior advisor to the HUD secretary.

January 15, 2021 Weekly Digest
We announce the partnership with the Justice Reinvestment Coalition a group of agencies fighting for equity in justice impacted communities. We also reminisce on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 08, 2021 Weekly Digest
First newsletter of the year and we begin with changing the title of our newsletter since it has grown beyond COVID-19. We announce that the Point-in-Time count will take place on January 26.

December 18, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
This is the last newsletter of the year and we release the Youth Count report for 2020 where we find that 2,500 youth including 696 minors would experience literal homelessness in Connecticut.

December 11, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
New HMIS features are rolled out including a report that can see which users are creating duplicate records. We also give a huge shout-out to the CT REALTORS for having such an amazing be homeful fund raising drive.

December 04, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We are working with the Department of Public Health to make sure homeless service providers are included in the State’s plans for early vaccine access. We also provide an update on the rising COVID-19 test results.

November 20, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We are moving ahead on the Point-in-Time count 2021 and we welcome two new employees; Vicky Lou and Rachel Spears.

November 13, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We launch our be homeful for the Holidays campaign and announce the partnership between Sustainable CT and CCM for our Municipal Campaign during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

November 06, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
With the election behind us we move to make our first announcement on the Point-in-Time count 2021.

October 30, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Things to know for election day. Meet our new Director of Finance and Administration.

October 23, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Presentation slides from the Annual Training Institute & Conference are now available. We take a look at the concerning government response to homelessness.

October 16, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We launch our video gallery where all the webinars from the Annual Training Institute & Conference are now available for free.

October 09, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We conclude the Annual Training Institute & Conference. We say farewell to our Financial Director Elena Simoes.

October 02, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Nan Roman from the National Alliance to End Homelessness shares a video message promoting our Annual Training Institute & Conference. HMIS new assessment to record clients. Mattresses available to 1,000 homes.

September 25, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Leilani Farha from The Shift shares a video message promoting our Annual Training Institute & Conference. We share new flyers for the Get Out the Vote campaign.

September 18, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We share the schedule for our Annual Training Institute & Conference. We launch our CCEH store.

September 11, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Our very own Sarah Fox receives the 2020 Reverend Richard Schuster Advocacy Award. HMIS updates.

September 04, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Registration is now open for our Annual Training Institute & Conference.

August 28, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Re-cap of the Facebook Live event that proposes changes to HUD’s equal access rule.

August 21, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Our CEO Richard Cho shares some of the stories from households requesting assistance, and how much it has impacted him. We are looking for feedback on challenges to voting.

August 14, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We seek speakers for this year’s Annual Training Institute & Conference.

August 07, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
This year’s Point-in-Time Report is now available. Our very own Carl Asikainen shares a video for homeless youth and three very important steps they must follow.

July 31, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Apply for COVID-19 funds. We welcome new employees and say farewell to others.

July 24, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Update on the first Board Meeting of the 2020-2021 fiscal year. HMIS Data Requests and Waiver functionality, and our Get Out the Vote campaign begins.

July 17, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
NPR interview with our CEO Richard Cho. Temporary rent/mortgage assistance programs from the Department of Housing.

July 10, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
State expands housing assistance for individuals re-entering the community from prison. We celebrate over 500 households housed with Diversion and Rapid Exit funding.

July 03, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Remembering David Dudley. We made our final furniture delivery to New Reach. Video tutorial on HMIS updates.

June 26, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Our staff share pictures on how they celebrated Juneteenth. We made a furniture delivery to Journey Home’s storage unit and we speak to kids about race and homelessness.

June 19, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Juneteenth celebration. A big shout-out to Two Men and a Truck for helping us move furniture from our warehouse and into storage units.

June 12, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Impact of COVID-19 on homeless services.

June 05, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Racial Equity resources and Juneteenth Call to Action.

May 29, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
We welcome our new board members, and provide our annual strategic plan.

May 22, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Donated furniture by IKEA to go to people transitioning from a shelter and into their own apartments. Face mask donations by United Healthcare.

May 15, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Video message from our CEO Richard Cho. Race Equity in the times of COVID-19 and HMIS changes to collecting data regarding COVID-19.

May 08, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Shout out to the agencies that participated in Giving Tuesday. Emergency Housing Form to all realtors and landlords. Form on how kids can become be homeful ambassadors.

May 01, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Upcoming webinars, volunteer recruitment and tracking COVID-19 in HMIS.

April 24, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Video infographic on the Homeless Response System. Advocacy Action Alert and an update to the HMIS services.

April 17, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
An importance notice for essential workers.

April 10, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Guidance on how you can help and resources for hotels providing a safe environment for people experiencing homelessness.

April 03, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
The very first video message from our CEO Richard Cho and an update on shelter decompression.

March 27, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
Steps for reducing shelter density. Additional food resources, and HMIS procedures regarding COVID-19.

March 19, 2020 COVID-19 Weekly Digest
The very first COVID-19 Weekly Digest. Here you we address food security resources and an update on eviction and foreclosure policies. Clarifications on the CT Fair Housing Center talking points and our response to help people experiencing homelessness can be found here.

February 2020
Annual Training Institute registration is now open, Register for Housing and Homeless Advocacy Day, Point-in-Time Count and Youth Count attract record volunteer participation, and more.

January 2020
Volunteer for the Point-in-Time and Youth Outreach and Counts, HMIS Updates, Shelter Diversion Learning Collaborative, Call for CT to become a “Right to Housing” state, and more.

December 2019
SPOC Training, Honoring Columbus House and Alison Cunningham, CCEH Staff Meets Matthew Doherty, and more.

November 2019
Jeff Bezo’s Day One Families Fund, CAN System Tour, Council on Collateral Consequences, Fairfield County Race and Equity Summit, and more.

October 2019
Announcing be homeful for the holidays 2019, Fairfield County YHDP Grant, new CCEH staff, and more.

September 2019
Office of Policy and Management data match with HMIS results, 100-Day Youth Challenge, Council on Collateral Consequences, and more.

August 2019
National Alliance to End Homelessness conference, Capitol Hill days, Diversion efforts in the Hartford and Central CANs, and more.

July 2019
Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, Youth Outreach and Count highlights, Hurricane Maria evacuee funds expended, and more.

June 2019
Point-in-Time Count results, new CCEH staff and board members, 2018 Annual Report, Milford outreach initiative, ATI recap, and more.

May 2019
Annual Training Institute, Advocacy Days recap, announcement of partnership with OEC, UConn and the be homeful project, launch of 100-day Challenge on Youth Homelessness, and more.

April 2019
Advocacy Days happen this month, Annual Training Institute Early-Bird registration ends tomorrow, annual shelter numbers are decreasing, Richard Cho joins VA Committee on Homeless Veterans, and more.

March 2019
Advocacy at the Capitol, affordable housing, Racial Disparities in Housing and Homelessness, Individual Homelessness, and more.

February 2019
Advocacy Updates, new HUD funding, ATI registration open, CCEH emergency assistance programs, data tips, and more.

January 2019 
Lamont Housing Transition Plan, gearing up for the 2019 Legislative Session, volunteers needed for the Point-In-Time Count and Youth Outreach & Count, new youth Learning Collaboratives, and more.

December 2018
Governor’s Challenge, schools raise awareness of homelessness, Annual Training Institute, landlord recruitment, and more.

November 2018
New CEO, Governor’s Challenge updates, new youth homelessness grant begins, Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week, and more.

October 2018
Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness, Point-in-Time & Youth Count save the dates, new data dashboards, CCEH named “Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year”, and more.

September 2018 
CCEH Stakeholder survey results, update on CT chronic homelessness efforts, the link between incarceration & homelessness, and more.

August 2018
Leadership transition update, college student homelessness, successful diversion by Always Home, NAEH conference highlights, and more.

July 2018 
New diversion definition, HMIS training for shelters, guidance on animals in shelters, AmeriCorps opportunity, and more.

June 2018
Annual Training Institute, Point-In-Time & Youth Count Report, New Young Adult Coordinated Entry Guide, and more.

May 2018
Annual Training Institute, Advocacy Days, Youth Engagement Team Initiatives, and more.

April 2018
Register for the Annual Training Institute, be homeful  payment request process, Secure Jobs, new staff members and more.

March 2018
Annual Training Institute, Puerto Rico Evacuees, Become a CCEH member and expanding shelter diversion funding.

February 2018
Point-In-Time Count, Puerto Rico Evacuees, Advocacy Days, and more.

January 2018
Point-In-Time Count, Youth Count, Single Point of Contact (SPOC), advocacy days, STRIVE and more.

December 2017
2018 youth count, New ID Resource for Justice Involved Individuals, and be homeful for the holidays update.

November 2017
2018 Youth Count!, National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, be homeful for the holidays 2017  launches.

October 2017
Dynamic prioritization, Lisa named to CHFA Board and shelter diversion data.

September 2017
Rally to protect community services, save the date for Iain De Jong, welcome new CCEH staff.

August 2017
Special edition on best practices and lessons from the 2017 National Alliance to End Homelessness conference.

July 2017
Budget update, regional youth count data, and more information and resources to be shared.

June 2017
A wonderful 2017 Annual Training Institute! A Point in Time Report showing 3 years of declines in homelessness and so much more.

May 2017
A successful 2017 Homeless and Housing Advocacy Days, upcoming 15th Annual ATI information, and Housing Plans for All Clients & Substance Use Webinar training material available.

April 2017
Upcoming 15th Annual Training Institute and Advocacy Days, Action Alert, and launch of the Rapid Re-housing Dashboard.

March 2017
Housing Advocacy in Action, CCEH Launches, Interactive Data Dashboard, Medical Respite Programs Make a Difference for Clients & Hospitals, Rapid Re-housing and Critical Time Intervention Pilot, and upcoming training and events.

February 2017
Announcement of matching all chronically homeless clients to housing, new HUD funding to end youth homelessness, a successful annual Point-in-Time Count and 2017 CT Youth Count!, and call to advocacy action this legislative session.

January 2017
Updates on the upcoming year of advocacy and training. Point-in-Time Count and 2017 CT Youth Count! seeks volunteers.

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KEYNOTE: Justice Starts at Home: A Conversation on Criminal Justice, Housing, and Segregation

While Connecticut has made significant criminal justice reforms in the last several years—leading to significant reductions in incarceration levels—Connecticut continues to see significant racial disparities in its criminal justice system, as well as continuing challenges with meeting re-entry needs among people leaving prisons. Many believe that these disparities and challenges stem from issues that relate to housing access: the criminalization of homelessness, the lack of housing options for people leaving the criminal justice system, and residential segregation that results in disparities in policing patterns and outcomes. These intersections compel us to ask: Is the next frontier of criminal justice reform to improve housing access and equity? During this plenary panel, national experts and state leaders will engage in a rich conversation on this question, discussing the relationship between policing, criminal justice involvement, homelessness, housing access, and segregation.

Kelan Lyons
CT Mirror

Donald Whitehead Jr
National Coalition for the Homeless

Monica Bell
Yale Law School

Brandon McGee
Connecticut State Legislature

Angel Quiros
Connecticut Department of Correction

Marc Pelka
Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

Family Homelessness

Join us for a special discussion about special considerations for working with families experiencing homelessness.


Monica Torrijos

Lisa Limone
New Reach

Nancy Ramos
New Reach

Jessica Remmey
Mental Health Connecticut

Shanaya Metz
Mental Health Connecticut

Marlenis Garcia
Catholic Charities of  Fairfield County

Denise Kilic
Alpha Community Services YMCA

Normaliza Paucar
Family and Children's Agency

Ashley Butler

Danielle Dixon

Felicity Eles
Shelter Now

Bobbi Riddick
New Opportunities

Kaitlen Mcgriff

Alysia DaSilva
Columbus House

Nancy Cannavo
The Gathering Place

Sheyla Ramos
Access Agency

Silvia Narvaez
Beth-El Center

Nadine Joyner
Spooner House

Trisha Shah
Always Home

Willem Donahue

Margaret Frias-Negron
Christian Community Action

Christine Thebarge
St. Vincent DePaul

Jim Mourneault
St. Vincent DePaul

Faith Roldan
Friendship Service Center

Training: Shelter Diversion

This workshop will explore problem-solving tools that you can use to support clients in finding housing solutions.

Marcy Thompson

A Tour of the Homeless Response System

Join staff from 211, a local diversion center, and a local shelter for a special tour of the homeless response system. This tour will help you understand how our members partner to assist clients facing homelessness.


Madeline Ravich
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness


Tanya Barrett
United Way of Connecticut

Bobbi Riddick
New Opportunities

Kandyce Aust
South Park Inn

Jane Banks
South Park Inn

Maryann Herbert
Real Estate Agent

Eliminating Shelter Waitlists

People who cannot be diverted from shelter end up on long-waitlists when there is no room in shelters. This panel discussion will explore ways to eliminate the shelter waitlist.

Kay Moshier McDivitt
National Alliance to End Homelessness

Jessica Kubicki
Supportive Housing WORKS

Changing the Narrative that Pets are a Barrier to Housing

This panel will launch our new statewide program for flexible emergency assistance for households experiencing homelessness with pets. This fund is generously funded by the PetSmart Foundation, and will be accessible to cover veterinary costs, pet deposits, vaccinations, and other associated costs that prevent people from staying in or finding housing. We will focus on the importance of keeping households with their pets and the unnecessary trauma separation can cause amidst an already stressful housing crisis. We will also discuss the specifics of the program and how to access the funds through CCEH.

Kelly Balthazor
PetSmart Charities

Garrett Parsons
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati

Theresa Geary
Connecticut Humane Society

Help, Not Handcuffs: Improving and Reducing Police Responses to Homelessness and Behavioral Health Crises

Homelessness presents challenges to police officers. Learn about innovative alternative approaches police are taking.

Brian Preleski
Connecticut State's Attorney

Kimberly Karanda

Nydia Rios-Benitez
DMHAS Office of the Commissioner

Susan Graham
Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE)

Sgt. Michael Fumiatti
New Haven Police Department

Wanda Jofre
Community Mental Health Center

Can They Do That? Understanding and Protecting Tenants Rights in Connecticut

Join us for a Jeopardy-style quiz show, where experts on fair housing explain supports available to individuals facing eviction and then play out real-life scenarios involving clients of homeless services who have experienced questionable or exploitative practices from landlords.


Fionnuola Darby-Hudgens
Director of Operations
The Connecticut Fair Housing Center

Amy Eppler-Epstein
Staff Attorney
New Haven Legal Assistance

Jessica Lebrancis
Staff Attorney
CT Fair Housing

Michelle Dumas-Keuler
Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

Housing Plus Services: Understanding and Meeting the Health and Support Needs of People Experiencing Homelessness

Join us for a special discussion about how we understand and meet the needs of people experiencing homelessness.

Robert Plant
Beacon Health Options

Steve DiLella
Connecticut Department of Housing

Sarah Gallagher
The Corporation of Supporting Housing

Stop the Revolving Door

Join us for presentations from key partners in the creation and implementation of one of CT's newest programs focused on reducing the intersection between incarceration and homelessness. Panelists will share background, goals, and progress related to the Department of Correction Re-entry Housing Assistance Program (D-RHAP). Topics will include project history, program goals and design, roles of collaborative partners; and preliminary data, outcomes, and stories.


Mary Ann Haley
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness


Eleanor Michael
CT Office of Policy and Management

Michael Aiello
Court Support Services Division

Nicole Thibeault
CT Department of Corrections

Ron Steed
New London Homeless Hospitality

KEYNOTE: Get Out The Vote Rally

The stakes have never been higher. Join us for a special conversation about why this upcoming election matters so much and hear how grassroots advocates are adopting innovative approaches to getting out the vote during COVID-19.


Sarah Fox
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness


Jerry Jones
National Field Director
National Alliance to End Homelessness

Ann Faust
Coalition on Housing and Homelessness

Bob Joondeph
Disabilities Rights Connecticut

Deni Young

Clayton Burkhardt

MUNICIPAL WORKSHOP: Mayor’s Homelessness Prevention Task Force

CCM Homelessness Task Force Chairs Ben Blake and Erin Stewart join CCM’s Joe Delong and CCEH's Richard Cho in a roundtable discussion celebrating the role that municipalities played in staving off the spread of the pandemic within our state among those experiencing homelessness and to explore where we go from here. The session will kick off with introductions from Joe, Mayor Blake and Mayor Stewart and will include a presentation on the current state of homelessness in CT municipalities and the proposed Sustainable CT framework (in draft form for feedback) before opening up to discussion between mayors and first selectmen about measures towns and cities can take together to end homelessness in their communities.

Joseph DeLong
Connecticut Conference on Municipalities

Mayor Erin Stewart
City of New Britain

Mayor Benjamin Blake
City of Milford

Lynn Stoddard
Sustainable CT


KEYNOTE: COVID-19, Systemic Racism, and Homelessness

People experiencing homelessness and the people who serve them have been hit this year with a perfect storm: a new public health crisis layered on top of the long-standing crisis of homelessness on top of the even longer-standing crisis of systemic racism. These intersecting challenges feel insurmountable, but they can be overcome. The first step is to understand how we got here, and then identify the steps we can collectively take to weather and to overcome them. National Health Care for the Homeless Council CEO Bobby Watts will share his national and historical perspectives on the intersecting crises of COVID-19, systemic racism, and homelessness, and provide his thoughts for the blueprint for tackling these crises.

Keynote speaker:
Bobby Watts
President and CEO
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council


Using the Past to Drive Today’s Change

In what ways have we grown as a society with regard to racial injustices in housing and how might history be repeating itself? Join us for a discussion on moments in history that have had major impacts on the housing and homelessness racial disparities we are seeing today, and learn about present day challenges and housing victories. Hear from a nationally recognized historian, statewide organizer and leader, as well as a local catalyst for change.

Bishop John Selders
Amistad United Church of Christ

AJ Johnson
Urban Hope Refuge Church

Fiona Vernal
University of Connecticut


PANEL: Building our Movement

It takes a village to end homelessness. Join us for a vibrant discussion about how we can mobilize people throughout Connecticut to advocate for our work.

Matt McDermott


TRAINING: Critical Time Intervention in Rapid Re-Housing Programs

Critical Time Intervention (CTI) is a time-limited evidence-based practice that mobilizes support for society’s most vulnerable individuals during periods of transition. It facilitates community integration and continuity of care by ensuring that a person has enduring ties to their community and support systems during these critical periods. This workshop will provide an overview of CTI and focus on the benefits of using a housing-focused CTI case management model in Rapid Re-Housing programs. During the workshop we will discuss how to measure the impact of CTI, share successes and discuss challenges and lessons learned along the way. In addition to CTI, other best practices and recommended tools and strategies providers can use to improve the success of their Rapid Re-Housing programs will also be discussed.


Dr. Carolyn Hanesworth
Mercy College

Jessica Kubicki
Supportive Housing WORKS

Randy Grant
New Reach


TRAINING: The Homeless Students' Bill of Rights (McKinney-Vento Training)

The McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Assistance Act provides for the delivery of services that remove barriers to the enrollment and retention of homeless children and youth in schools. Local homeless liaisons ensure that homeless children and youth are identified, enrolled immediately in school, and linked to services. Whether new to this role or not had an opportunity to attend a prior orientation, this session will be beneficial and provide information to assist school staff in the liaison role. While this webinar is targeted at liaisons, much of the information provided may be valuable to others working with children and youth experiencing homelessness.


Louis Tallarita
Education Consultant
CT Department of Education

Police - Social Worker Partnerships in Homeless Outreach

This panel will explore the potential of close working partnerships between law enforcement officers and social workers to engage and serve CT residents experiencing homelessness. We will hear from communities where these collaborations are already working, and present new training content CCEH is producing in partnership with DESPP to encourage more collaboration across the state.

Aubrey Lee Minkler
City of Bristol

Officer Matthew Gotowala
City of Bristol Police Department

Lori Walling

Officer Michael DiGiovancarlo
City of Waterbury Police Department

Welcome Keynote: Homelessness in 2020

Where are we now and how did we get here? A look at the challenges our sector has ahead of us during the pandemic.

Nan Roman
President and CEO
National Alliance to End Homelessness

KEYNOTE: Crisis in the Rental Market

Although it has long been assumed that homelessness is primarily due to the lack of affordable housing, research conducted by Zillow has found a clear link between rates of homelessness and rising rents. Specifically, Zillow’s research has found that homelessness increases in communities when average rents in that community rise above 32% of average household income. While Connecticut has not yet reached this tipping point, rents in Connecticut have been trending in this direction. Dr. Cheryl Young, Senior Economist at Zillow, will present Zillow’s research linking rising rents and homelessness, discuss the state of the rental market in Connecticut, and suggest steps that Connecticut can take to address rising rents to prevent increases in homelessness. Following her presentation, national housing policy experts, Ann Oliva and Jill Khadduri, will describe policy solutions and opportunities at the state and federal levels to help communities avoid reaching this tipping point and thereby keep rates of homelessness low.

Dr. Cheryl Young
Senior Economist

Ann Oliva
Center for Budget and Policy

Jill Khadduri
Abt Associates

MUNICIPAL WORKSHOP: Sustainable CT Homeless Certification

CCM and Sustainable CT join CCEH in presenting a draft of proposed actions for a new Homelessness certification framework for feedback from your membership. Our goal would be to present our work to date as a proposed roadmap for how towns and cities across the state can take concrete steps to address homelessness in their towns and surrounding communities. This session will be a “roundtable” format to provide input on the framework and more broadly on how we can support municipal staff in meeting the needs of residents confronting homelessness.

Alyssa Norwood
Program Manager
Sustainable CT

Lisa Noriega
Environmental Intern
Sustainable CT

Building Community for People With Disabilities Experiencing Homelessness

Join us for a special discussion about special considerations for resolving homelessness for people with disabilities.

Kathy Flaherty
Connecticut Legal Rights Project

Sandra Roberts
Center for Disability Rights

Eileen M. Healy
Independence Northwest

Erin Kemple
CT Fair Housing Center


Hamden Virtual Town Hall

Join a special panel showcasing how one of Connecticut's 169 towns is finding innovative ways to meet the needs of town residents facing homelessness.


Richard Cho
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness


Adam Sendroff
Town of Hamden

Phil Costello
Cornell Scott Community Health Center

William C. Onofrio
Hamden Police Department

Lisbette De La Cruz
Columbus House

Theresa Ott
Hamden Public Schools


When Kids Experience Homelessness

Identifying and resourcing minors experiencing homelessness relies on a patchwork of providers from Runaway Homeless Youth grantees, McKinney Vento liaisons and the Department of Children and Families. This presentation, discussion and response session will combine advocates, service providers and young people to take a critical look at the current system of services and suggest change. The strength of peer-to-peer networks will be emphasized in the context of school-community partnerships and youth leadership opportunities.

Marina Marmolejo

Tim Maguire
Youth Continuum

Chris Venable
Journey Home


Colleges and Universities

This session is designed for Special Points of Contact (SPOCs) and Connecticut colleges and universities.

Stacey Havlik
Villanova University

Shelley Stoehr-McCarthy
Southern Connecticut State University

Joel Dodson
Southern Connecticut State University

Teresa Montanari
Southern Connecticut State University

Jacob Chamberlain
Southern Connecticut State University


ROUNDTABLE: The Changing Landscape of Homeless Outreach During COVID-19

This roundtable discussion will ask homeless outreach providers how their work has changed in 2020, and allow people with lived experience to share what homeless outreach services meant for them.

David Gonzalez Rice
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness


Michele Conderino
Open Door Shelter

David Horst

Marianne Farr
The Friendship Center

Samm Williams
Open Door Shelter

Sharice Coleman
Catholic Charities of Fairfield County


Building Our Movement

It takes a village to end homelessness. Join us for a vibrant discussion about how we can mobilize people throughout Connecticut to advocate for our work.


Sue Murphy
Liberty Bank Foundation

Tiheba Bain
Women Against Mass Incarceration

Matt McDermott

Anderson Curtis

Youth Homelessness

Join us for a special discussion about special considerations for working with homeless and unaccompanied youth.

Omar McDew
New Britain High School

Glori Bowman
Youth Continuum

Katie Durand
CT Department of Housing

Angel Cotto
Youth Action

COVID-19 Guidance

The pandemic has been a game-changer for the homeless response system. Join experts for a discussion of guidance on best practices during this difficult time.


David Gonzalez Rice
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness


Dr. Lynn Sosa
Connecticut Department of Public Health

Emily Mosites
U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps

Leigh Shields-Church
Connecticut Department of Housing

Steve DiLella
Connecticut Department of Housing

Kara Zichichi
Connecticut Department of Housing

KEYNOTE: Housing as a Right

During the 2019 state legislative session, State Senator Saud Anwar introduced Senate Bill 105, An Act Establishing a Right to Housing, articulating a state government obligation to protect Connecticut residents from eviction and housing loss, to assist people out of homelessness, and to reduce rent burdens. Although the bill did not pass (the legislative session came to a halt due to the COVID-19 pandemic), its introduction was an important first step in having Connecticut join a global movement to secure a right to housing. At the helm of that movement is Leilani Farha, founder and Global Director of the Shift, an organization working to help more communities and countries establish a right to housing.

At the first plenary session of CCEH’s Housing Equals Justice conference, Ms. Farha, the former Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing for the United Nations, will discuss how housing is increasingly being treated as a commodity and a financial asset rather than a basic human need, why it is critical that housing is recognized as a human right, and what establishing a right to housing entails. Following her remarks, State Senator Saud Anwar will share what led him to the view that Connecticut must establish a right to housing and what the prospects to secure that right are in the upcoming legislative session. U.S. Congresswoman Jahana Hayes will then speak about the opportunities and challenges to secure a right to housing at the federal and national level.

Leilani Farha
The Shift

Representative Jahana Hayes
U.S. House of Representatives

State Senator Saud Anwar
Connecticut State Legislature

What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You: Helping Clients Face Their Health Fears

The COVID-19 pandemic has made even clearer that the key to health is regular health monitoring, screening, and testing. At the same time, people experiencing homelessness have had many of the same fears and anxiety with COVID-19 testing that they have exhibited when faced with testing and health monitoring for other health conditions--from cancer to HIV/AIDS to Hepatitis C. While these fears and anxiety are understandable--people experiencing homelessness are already under significant stress and also worry about how they will manage health conditions given their lack of stable housing--they nevertheless serve as barriers to getting people the care and treatment they need to improve their health status. This workshop will discuss how health fears have served as a barrier to helping people experiencing homelessness confront and address health issues, as well as on strategies to empower clients to overcome fears and confront their health needs.

Kasey Harding
Community Health Center

Linda Casey
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

Jim Pettinelli
Liberty Community Services

Nancy Sienkowski
Community Health Network of CT

Traci Burdick
Community Health Network of CT


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Sarah Fox, LMSW

Director of Advocacy and Community Impact

Sarah Fox is the Director of Advocacy and Community Impact for CCEH. She is responsible for managing statewide advocacy initiatives and advancing community capacity building efforts. Prior to her current position, Sarah worked as a Project Coordinator in New Haven and Norwalk, helping to provide leadership, technical assistance, and project management to reach regional, state, and federal goals to end homelessness. Before joining the CCEH Team, Sarah worked as a family violence victim advocate at Domestic Violence Services of Greater New Haven and as a recovery and advocacy advisor working with individuals living with chronic mental illness at Fellowship Place, Inc. Sarah received her B.S. in Communications with a concentration in Program Planning and Development from Cornell University and her M.S.W. with a concentration in Policy Practice from UCONN School of Social Work. In her graduate career, Sarah interned in the Office of Congressman Christopher Murphy, the Office of State Representative Toni Walker, and the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work.

Carolyn Thomas-Davis

Director of Finance & Administration

Carol Thomas comes to CCEH with more than 15 years of experience in both the non-profit and municipal accounting sectors. Carol was appointed and served two Rhode Island municipalities in the capacity of Deputy Finance Director, as well as the Town of Monterey, Massachusetts, as Town Accountant. Most recently, Carol served as Finance Manager for the Brattleboro Housing Authority in Brattleboro, Vermont. Carol attended both Howard University in Washington, DC and Johnson & Wales University in her hometown of Providence, RI earning a BS in Accounting. Carol also earned an MBA in Global Business Leadership & Forensic Accounting from Johnson & Wales University. Carol is passionate about community service and social justice and often renders her training and skill sets to organizations and causes that represent her values. Carol has served as Treasurer of the NAACP in Providence, RI, as well as the Springfield Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (a public service organization) and has worked with Crossroads Rhode Island and the Urban League of Rhode Island training staff and volunteers to provide free income tax preparation services through the Internal Revenue Services’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Carol is the mom of three amazing children, enjoys traveling, cooking, live music and her fur baby (cat) Cinnamon.

Amber Freeman

Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Amber Freeman comes to CCEH with over fifteen years of experience in the human service and behavioral health field, with the last eight years being in management positions. At CCEH Amber is our Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator and because of her expertise she also leads our Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative and assists with the coordination and compliance of other projects and initiatives. Over the years Amber has worked in various capacities with individuals and families in diverse settings. Amber has experience working with and managing programs for individuals with mental health, substance abuse, and co-occurring diagnoses as well as individuals experiencing homelessness and those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Most recently, Amber was a Program Manager where she managed community support case management programs and permanent supportive housing programs. Amber is a two time graduate of Hampton University in Hampton, VA where she received her BA in Psychology Education and her MA in Community Agency Counseling.

“Life is not about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” –George Bernard Shaw

Richard Cho

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Cho joined CCEH in November 2018 and brought 20 years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector. From 2013 to 2016, Cho served as the Deputy Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the federal agency that coordinates the federal response to homelessness. At USICH, Dr. Cho was responsible for coordinating the efforts across 19 federal departments to implement Opening Doors, the federal strategic plan to end and prevent homelessness in America, and played a key role in the national push to end veteran and chronic homelessness.He also held several positions at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, where he spearheaded the development of supportive housing models and policies for people experiencing homelessness, veterans, justice-involved populations, and other vulnerable populations. For the last two and half years, Cho has been helping to lead national efforts to improve police interactions with people with mental health needs, and to reduce the number of people with mental illnesses in jails, including helping to increase connections to stable housing. He currently serves on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force, as well as the Kings County/Brooklyn (NY) District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Justice 2020 Committee, Mental Health Subcommittee. He brings a breadth of national and regional experience to the role.

Roy Graham

Youth Special Projects Coordinator

Roy joined CCEH in October of 2018. He works on the Youth Homelesss Demonstration Project (YHDP) by coordinating the Youth Shelter Diversion and Rapid Exit programs, supporting the Youth Navigators, supporting housing inspections, and providing general training and technical assistance to youth homeless providers.Roy has been working with youth and young adults for over 15 years. He was a Consultant for the Governor’s Prevention Partnership, partnering with mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and True Colors. He worked for the Center for Children’s Advocacy as their Outreach Coordinator where he conducted youth outreach and case management. Roy came to CCEH from the Women & Families Center where he was a Residential Coordinator for the Project REACH Transitional Living Program housing six youth and young adults who have experienced homelessness.

“While common people like you and me, we’ll be builders for eternity. Each is given a bag of tools, a shapeless mass and a Book of Rules.” – R.L. Sharpe

Carl Asikainen

Project Manager Field Mobilization

Carl Asikainen comes to CCEH with 20 years of experience working to address food insecurity and homelessness. Most recently, Carl worked as a Food Systems Manager at TEEG, a human service organization that lends aid and support to communities of Northeastern Connecticut. Prior to that, Carl worked as an outreach worker for End Hunger CT! and for Project Home in Philadelphia. Currently he is the Youth Systems Coordinator at CCEH and is working throughout the state helping to advance community capacity building efforts to end youth homelessness.

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

SB340 An Act Concerning Funding for Housing Services

Legislative Session 2021

SB340 aims to ensure adequate funding for homelessness and housing assistance services. This bill requires state agencies to ensure that nonprofit providers who provide services for the homeless and housing-related services can pay living wages, overtime, hazard pay and benefits for front-line staff, maintain client caseload sizes to meet industry standards, and adequately fund other costs such as supplies, staff training and development and technology. Click this link to view the bill in full and check the stage.

Economic Justice

Connecticut is economically unequal. It has the highest level of income inequality in the U.S by measure of the GINI index.

The Economic Policy Institute found that people who make up the top one percent of Connecticut bring in 37% more than the average income.

Economic justice is tied to Housing and Racial Justice. CCEH advocates for economic justice through our Right to Housing campaign. You can learn more about what a Right to Housing means here.

Racial Justice

Housing Justice is Economic Justice is Racial Justice is Justice for All. Fighting for racial justice means dismantelling systems and structures that disproportionately harm people of color.

Connecticut's mass incarceration systems are deeply unequal. Our partner, ACLU CT, writes CT's incarcerated population has skyrocketed, increasing by 334% since 1968. Today, Connecticut has a higher incarceration rate than the United Kingdom and Portugal combined. Additionally, Black and Latino individuals are over-represented in CT's prisons and jails.

Fighting for racial justice means working to end mass incarceration, work with our partners to re-invest funds into communities most harmed by mass incarceration, and investing in re-entry services for those leaving incarceration to stop the revolving door between prisons and shelters.

Kathy Flaherty

Executive Director

Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc

Since 2015, Kathy has served as Executive Director of Connecticut Legal Rights Project, Inc. (CLRP) ( a statewide non-profit agency that provides legal services to low income individuals with mental health conditions, who reside in hospitals or the community, on matters related to their treatment, recovery, and civil rights. Kathy spent 13 years as a Staff Attorney at Statewide Legal Services of CT, Inc., the centralized intake hotline for all the Connecticut legal services programs.
Kathy combines her personal experience as a recipient of mental health services and her legal background to speak to issues affecting those living with mental health conditions.
Kathy is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers-CT (the state’s lawyer assistance program) ; she is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement (CABLE) ( Kathy is the former co-chair of the Keep the Promise Coalition (, a coalition of advocates (people living with mental health conditions, family members, mental health professionals and interested community members) with a vision of a state in which people with mental health conditions are able to live successfully in the community because they have access to housing and other community-based supports and services that are recovery oriented, person-driven and holistic in their approach to wellness. She is currently a member of the steering committee of the Connecticut Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance (, an alliance of people of all ages with all disabilities who pursue a unified agenda in support of building a great life in the community.
A graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Law School, Kathy has dedicated her professional life to advocating for the rights of the underserved.
Kathy lives in her hometown of Newington with her husband, Jim Valentino.

Sandra Roberts

Information and Referral Advocate

Center for Disability Rights

Sandra Roberts was raised locally in Clinton, CT and currently lives in New Haven, CT. She was born with a physical disability and was one of the first students to be mainstreamed in the public schools. She earned her Bachelors in Social Work in 1990 from Southern Connecticut State University and her Masters in Social Work in 2002 from Southern Connecticut State University.

In 1990 she was hired by Center for Disability Rights currently located in West Haven and has worked there performing various roles like Peer Counseling, Individual Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training and Youth Transition Coordinator. Her current role is Information and Referral Advocate.

Sandra realizes the challenges personally of locating affordable and accessible housing. She also sees the challenges in the disability community of assisting consumers with all disabilities in finding housing given the enormous waiting lists for affordable housing and waiting lists even for homeless shelters and their inability in accommodating disabilities.

Rachel Givens

Advocacy Intern

Rachel Givens lives in Wolcott, CT and is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut. Rachel graduated in May 2020 from UConn with a BA in Human Development and Family Sciences and minors in Gerontology and Psychological Sciences. The highlight of undergrad for her was participating in an intergenerational learning program through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UConn where she took classes with students over the age of 50 and formed friendships with her classmates of all ages. Rachel was also a member of several service organizations during undergrad. Rachel is now enrolled at UConn School of Social Work as a Master of Social Work student with a concentration in Community Organizing. She is also working a job on campus in the Field Education department. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and gardening.

Patricia Hidalgo

Project Coordinator for the Re-entry Housing Assistance Program

Patricia came on board with CCEH on September 9, 2020. Patricia is passionate about connecting individuals and families to resources in their communities. Patricia is aware of the vast cultures and languages that make up our society and how difficult it is for individuals and families to translate or communicate what their needs are to thrive. Armed with her determination and knowledge of resources, Patricia spent several years as an employee of UNICEF an international non-profit organization based in New York City. After moving to Connecticut to pursue new initiatives, Patricia was also employed with LifeBridge, The Salvation Army and The Workplace Inc. all non-profits located in Bridgeport, CT. Patricia considers herself a life-long learner. Patricia believes people should be passionate about the life they have been given and it is her goal to make people feel better after they have interacted with her.

Madison Alexander

Advocacy Intern

Madison Alexander is an MSW candidate concentrating in Community Organizing at the University of Connecticut. She received her BA in Social Psychology from Bennington College in 2017. During that time, she completed an internship with the Poor People’s Campaign that solidified her interest in grassroots organizing around economic and racial justice. Since then, she has worked in direct care and in-home mental health counseling with children and youth as well as case management for the homeless population. Madison continues to engage in organizing efforts surrounding racial justice as well as tenants’ rights and housing justice concerns heightened by COVID-19. As a ’20-‘21 intern, she is looking forward to working with the CCEH team to put her skills to use and grow as a future social worker and organizer.

David Gonzalez Rice

Senior Program Manager

David Gonzalez Rice joined the field of housing and homeless services in 2013, when he became a supportive housing case manager in the Social Innovation Fund program. Since then, he has supervised coordinated entry, street outreach, and transitional and supportive housing program staff. David joined CCEH in 2017, as Coordinator of the Eastern CT Coordinated Access Network. In his current role, David supports the statewide homelessness response system with expertise and technical assistance in all aspects of coordinated entry, from street outreach and shelter diversion to housing prioritization and cross-system collaboration. A former educator and researcher, David Gonzalez Rice holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke University.

Marianna Wells

Development & Communications Intern

Marianna Wells is a senior at Connecticut College. She studies International Relations and first learned about policies to end homelessness in Connecticut in conjunction with her research on anti-trafficking, immigration, and mass incarceration. She has previous experience in Development and Communications at organizations in the New London area.

Michelle Jones

Data Analysis Intern

Michelle joined CCEH in September 2019 as a Data Analysis intern. She graduated that same year with a degree in mathematics from Yale. At CCEH, Michelle has been helping put together the results from the 2020 Point-in-Time count, and have also worked with criminal justice data from the CT Department of Corrections. Aside from housing, Michelle has done research into voting rights and the math of gerrymandering, and has been involved with immigrants’ rights organizations in New Haven.

Vicky Luo

Senior Data Analyst, HMIS and Strategic Analysis

Shujie (Vicky) Luo is a visionary with a strong passion for the field of Data. Vicky developed solid data analytics skills and hands-on project management experience while working at P&G and Xiaohongshu (Top social-based E-Commerce Company in China). Before CCEH, Vicky gained NGO experience at NoSchoolViolence (NSV) as a data engineer to help the organization set up data architecture to reduce school violence in the data aspect. Vicky holds an MS in Business Analytics and Project Management from the University of Connecticut.
As a member of the data team at CCEH, Vicky will work to impact the community by taking advantage of data.

Linda Casey, MS, MPH

Director of HMIS and Strategic Analysis

Linda brings more than twenty years of management and information systems experience in the private sector, leading strategic product planning and delivering innovative solutions. With experience in diverse environments ranging from healthcare technology start-ups to mid-growth and established organizations, Linda has collaborated with pharmaceutical companies, military and government agencies, international telecom companies, and hospital systems to solve business challenges through the use of technology and organizational efficiencies. Linda holds a BA in French from Cornell University and an MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University School of Business. She recently completed the Master of Public Health at UCONN that leverages her data and analytical skills with her passion for improving the lives of others.

Madeline Ravich

Development Advisor and Director of the be homeful Project

Madeline Ravich is a Connecticut-based development consultant who is currently overseeing CCEH’s fundraising efforts. She has more than a decade of experience managing development initiatives for a wide range of nonprofits and has also provided corporate responsibility consulting services to companies and industry associations. Madeline holds a BA in Art History and Linguistics from University of Chicago and an MBA from the Yale School of Management. She lives in Hamden with her husband Scott and her daughter Lilo.

“There’s no place like home.” – The Wizard of Oz

Rachel Spears

Advocacy Intern

Rachel joined CCEH in November 2020 as a Youth Outreach intern. With a degree in psychology from Agnes Scott College, she's passionate about helping people on an individual level while also advocating for system-level changes. During her time in college, Rachel interned at different non-profits and learned how various factors such as policies, income inequality, and lack of opportunity greatly affected people's ability to meet their basic needs and thrive in their communities. At CCEH, she hopes to contribute to long-lasting work that will create sustainable interventions for youth populations experiencing homelessness and further learn about best practices.

Allan Vega

Communications Coordinator

Allan is a native of Caracas, Venezuela but has lived a great part of his life in Hartford. From a young age Allan discovered a passion for helping others. He was a Community Organizer at the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice where he organized community members around the closing of the Hartford landfill. Around this time Allan discovered a passion for communications. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Communications. For the last few years Allan has been working in direct services for agencies such as AIDS CT and The Village for Families and Children. Most of the people Allan has helped are experiencing housing issues and for this reason he decided to work for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness in order to help alleviate his community.

Rose Kelly

Data Analyst

Rose joined CCEH in October of 2019 as a data analyst. Prior to working with CCEH she worked with Atrius Health in Massachusetts for nine years as a data analyst for high-risk patient care and interventions. She also taught sociology as an adjunct instructor in California and Massachusetts over the past 15 years. She discovered a passion for using data to help at-risk groups in need of services and care as well as educating the public about social issues. Rose holds an AA in Psychology, as well as a BA and a Masters in Sociology from California State University San Marcos.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle” - Rev. John Watson, Free Church of Scotland

Rosie Armstrong

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Rosie brings with her more than 20 years of experience in the non-profit world. Rosie has an array of administrative skills and is an avid advocate to affect positive change in lives of countless residents in the greater Hartford area. As the Advocacy Team Leader at Community Health Services, Inc. in Hartford, Rosie was recognized two years in a row on a National level (National Association of Community Health Centers/NACHC) for her efforts to support critical Health Center Reauthorization policy (S.901 and HR 1343) and keeping her community engaged, aware and excited about the value and importance of advocacy! She is looking forward to being an added force to our team here at CCEH in our charge to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.

Leigh Shields-Church

Coordinated Access Network Manager

Connecticut Department of Housing

Leigh has over 18 years of experience in homeless and housing services, beginning her career in an emergency shelter in Seattle, WA. Prior to working at the Dept. of Housing, Leigh directed the New Haven Shelter Plus Care program and provided clinical care at the CT Mental Health Center with the affective disorders team. She completed a BA in Public Administration and Political Science from Stonehill College, and holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Connecticut.

Lisa Noriega

Environmental Intern

Sustainable CT

Lisa is a graduate student pursuing an MS with Bard College's Center for Environmental Policy. She is interning with Sustainable CT for the Summer and Fall of 2020 to assist with the development of actions to further advance municipal sustainability. Lisa is a southern California native, graduating with her Bachelor's degree in environmental science and resource management in 2018 from California State University, Channel Islands. She then began her career managing energy and sustainability for the same university, doing work that ranged from on-campus activism to creating and implementing sustainability certification programs.

Leilani Farha

Global Director

The Shift 

Leilani is the Global Director of The Shift, an international movement to secure the right to housing and the former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing (2014-2020). The Shift was launched in 2017 with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and United Cities and Local Government and works with multi-level stakeholders around the world including with several city governments in North America and Europe.

Leilani’s work is animated by the principle that housing is a social good, not a commodity. She has helped develop global human rights standards on the right to housing, including through her topical reports on homelessness, the financialization of housing, informal settlements, rights-based housing strategies, and the first UN Guidelines for the implementation of the right to housing. She is the central character in the award-winning documentary PUSH regarding the financialization of housing, directed by the Swedish filmmaker Fredrik Gertten. PUSH is screening around the world and to continue its momentum Leilani and Fredrik now co-host a podcast – PUSHBACK Talks - about finance, housing and human rights.

Pastor AJ Johnson

Community Organizer

Christian Activities Council

Pastor AJ Johnson is a faith-influenced voice for urban resurgence and revival and a pace-setting champion for justice and community-wide uplift. As a trailblazer, Johnson leads The Urban Hope Refuge Church, an influential church where passionate worship and community activism meet in Hartford, Connecticut. Johnson works at the Christian Activities Council as a Community Organizer. He spearheads Small Business Night Out, a network of minority-owned businesses and entrepreneurs; Calling all Brothers, a widely hailed male mentor-ship and leadership organization and Brothers Johnson 1929 Hat Company, a clothing brand reflecting strength, loyalty, and distinction.

Reverend Doctor John L. Selders


Amistad United Church of Christ

The Right Reverend Doctor John L. Selders, Jr. is an ordained minister serving in the United Church of Christ, the Organizing Pastor of Amistad United Church of Christ.
Bishop Selders has done his academic and theological reflection attending Life Christian Bible College, Webster University, Eden Theological Seminary and Anglican Divinity School. In addition to being a talented award winning songwriter, musician and performer with local, national, and international credits, he is also the Bishop Presider of The Inter-Denominational Conference of Liberation Congregations and Ministries (ICLCM) and is the Co-Convening Bishop of The Sacred College of Progressive Episcopates (SCPE). Bishop Selders is a founding member of Moral Monday CT, a grassroots statewide organization committed to a wide range of social justice issues.

Garrett Parsons

Pet Program Coordinator

Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati

Garrett Parsons, LSW - Garrett serves pet owners experiencing homelessness as Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati’s Pet Support Coordinator. For the past 4 years, Garrett and a team of dedicated volunteers have kept hundreds of pets with their families and out of animal shelters. In his work, Garrett ensures pet owners struggling in the Greater Cincinnati area have access to the resources they need. He also tries to bridge the gap between animal welfare and social services so the community can work together to keep families together. Garrett is active in the animal welfare community working with domestic and wild animals.

Monica Bell

Associate Professor of Law & Sociology

Yale Law School

Monica C. Bell is an Associate Professor of Law & Sociology at Yale Law School. Her areas of expertise include law and inequality, policing and the criminal legal system, welfare and public benefits law, housing law and residential segregation, and race and the law. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, American Journal of Sociology, NYU Law Review, Law & Society Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and other journals. She has also published writing in popular outlets such as the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Washington Post, and The Appeal.

Marc Pelka

Undersecretary of Criminal Justice Policy and Planning

Connecticut Office of Policy and Management

Marc Pelka is Undersecretary of Criminal Justice Policy and Planning at the Office of Policy and Management, an agency providing information and analysis to formulate public policy for the state on Governor Lamont’s behalf. His responsibilities rest at the intersection of criminal justice data analysis, policy development and implementation, administration of state and federal grants, and convenings of state and local officials as well as stakeholders. Prior to this position, he worked for ten years at The Council of State Governments Justice Center, where he helped state policymakers from across the country use a Justice Reinvestment approach to avoid corrections costs and reinvest in public safety strategies. Reinvestments states made as part of this approach included community behavioral health treatment as well as victim services. Prior to this experience, he held public affairs and policy positions in the Connecticut House of Representatives. He earned a Bachelor of Arts with Honors from New York University a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School

Adam Sendroff

Community Development Manager

Town of Hamden, CT

Adam Sendroff is the Community Development Manager for the Town of Hamden, CT. He is a former chairperson of the Hamden Board of Education, of which he was a member for 10 years. Adam previously worked in academic publishing for over two decades, and is currently pursuing a Masters in Public Health.

Ofc. Matthew Gotowala

Police Officer

City of Bristol, CT

Officer Gotowala has served the city of Bristol for nine past years as a Police Officer and for and the last three years as a School Resource Officer and Community Officer. He currently patrols Bracket Park and works directly in Bristol Central High School. For the past three years he has also worked as part of the City of Bristol Youth Commission.

Aubrey Minkler

Program Coordinator of Community Service

City of Bristol, CT

Aubrey Minkler currently works as the Program Coordinator of Community Service for the City of Bristol. The Bristol Office of Community Service aims to empower city residents through short term case management and outreach. Prior to this roll Aubrey worked as the Assistant Program Coordinator of Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Supported Employment Program at Community Mental Health Affiliates in New Britain. She also recently worked as the lead facilitator on the Peer Fit Pilot Project through Dartmouth University. The project aimed to study the cardiometabolic risk reduction in patients with severe mental illness.

Theresa Geary

Director of Operations

Connecticut Humane Society

As the Director of Operations, Theresa is responsible for directing and overseeing the daily operations in all three of the adoption centers and the Fox Memorial Clinic. This includes animal care, pet intake, adoptions, medical care, behavioral care and facilities maintenance.
Prior to CHS, Geary was VP of Operations at Dumb Friends League in Denver, known nationally for its innovative work and leadership among leading animal welfare organizations. Prior to working in Denver, she was the Director of Operations at the New York City Animal Care and Control and held positions at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Humane Society of Boulder, and the Larimer Humane Society. Geary holds a B.S. from the University of Connecticut in Animal Science.

Jahana Hayes

U.S. Representative for the Fifth Congressional District of Connecticut

U.S. Congress

Representative Hayes was elected to the United States House of Representatives in November 2018, making her the first African-American woman and the first African-American Democrat to ever represent the state of Connecticut in Congress. Hayes first garnered widespread notoriety while serving as a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, when she was selected as the Connecticut Teacher of the Year, before going on to earn the distinction of 2016 National Teacher of the Year (NTOY), leading to an invitation to the White House by then President Barack Obama. In her capacity as NTOY, Hayes traveled the country and the world as an ambassador for public education engaging all stakeholders in policy discussions meant to improve outcomes for students.
She is a graduate of Naugatuck Valley Community College, Southern Connecticut State University, the University of Saint Joseph and the University of Bridgeport. Having earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in history and secondary education, a Master’s of Arts in curriculum and instruction, and a degree in administrative leadership.

Stacy Havlik

Associate Professor

Villanova University

Stacey Havlik is an associate professor in the Department of Education and Counseling at Villanova University, where she is the graduate counseling program director. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate level counseling courses. She received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Maryland. As a former school counselor, she specializes in training pre-service school counselors and other school personnel to be leaders and advocates in meeting the diverse needs of all students. Her research interests include investigating the academic, social/emotional, and career/college development needs of students experiencing homelessness and first-generation college students. She has published and presented her research nationally and internationally and has been featured on national media outlets sharing her findings. She is currently a consultant for the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY) Single Point of Contact Pilot Program where she provides trainings for states across the country developing SPOC programs.

Marina Marmolejo

Master of Public Health


Marina Marmolejo, MPH is an anti-poverty advocate that is changing how we engage with communities experiencing homelessness. Marina is courageously innovating in a space that has seen very little innovation over the last decade. She believes homeless agencies are overworked and understaffed, and the current antiquated systems cannot adapt to the rapidly changing needs of folks experiencing homelessness. Marina sees the power of technology, real-time data, and human-centered design to create sustainable solutions for this vulnerable and incredibly resilient population. After graduating from the Yale School of Public Health, Marina founded DreamKit, a web-based app that financially supports youth experiencing homelessness to build skills and reconnect with their community.

Kelly Balthazor

Regional Relationship Manager


With more than twenty years’ experience in corporate philanthropy, social responsibility, and grantmaking, Kelly Balthazor started her nonprofit career in fundraising and corporate partnerships. In 2016, Kelly joined PetSmart Charities as a Regional Relationship Manager where she directs the owned pets grant portfolio for the East Region. As the largest animal welfare funder in North America, PetSmart Charities annually distributes over $35 million in grants and adoption rewards to fulfill their mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.

Carolyn Hanesworth, PhD, LCSW

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Mercy College

Carolyn Hanesworth is a Critical Time Intervention Trainer, Researcher, and Consultant. In addition to her work with the Center for the Advancement of Critical Time Intervention, Dr. Hanesworth is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry, NY. She has worked as a service provider, leader, and consultant for organizations serving homeless children and families in Texas and New York City for the past 25 years. Recently, she served as the Project Director for the CTI for Rapid Rehousing Pilot Study in Connecticut, where she assisted in adapting and implementing CTI for Rapid Rehousing recipients.

Jessica Labrencis


The Connecticut Fair Housing Center

Ms. Labrencis joined the Center as a fair housing enforcement staff attorney in 2014. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Labrencis was an associate attorney at a law firm in San Diego where she represented employees in discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wrongful termination, and wage and hour cases. She received her B.A. in English from Stonehill College, and her J.D. magna cum laude from California Western School of Law, where she was a member of the Public Service Honors Society.

Ann Oliva

Visiting Senior Fellow

Center for Budget and Policy

Ms. Oliva is a Visiting Senior Fellow with the Housing team. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Senior Policy Advisor at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. From 2007 to 2017 Oliva was a career federal official at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), most recently overseeing the Department’s multi-billion dollar homelessness and HIV/AIDS housing portfolio as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs. She also worked as Director of Programs at the Community Partnership in Washington, D.C. and as a human services consultant in multiple communities nationwide. In 2015, Oliva was named one of the 50 Most Influential Leaders in HUD’s 50-year history and was honored with the True Colors Fund’s True Leader Award. Moreover, she was a finalist for a "Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal" (Sammie) for the distinction of management excellence in 2011, and was part of an interagency team that won a Sammie for reducing veteran homelessness in 2012.
Oliva has a degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kay Moshier McDivitt

Senior Technical Assistance Specialist

National Alliance to End Homelessness

Ms. Moshier McDivitt has more than 20 years experience developing and administering rapid re-housing and homelessness programs, as well as leading a local homeless coalition and Continuum of Care. As a Technical Assistance Specialist, she develops and delivers training and technical assistance on best practices, including rapid re-housing, retooling transitional housing and building a crisis response system. Additionally, Ms. Moshier McDivitt developed the Alliance’s Rapid Re-Housing Learning Collaborative, which helps rapid re-housing providers build their capacity and adopt best practices. Before joining the Alliance, Ms. Moshier McDivitt served as the Community Homeless Advisor for the Lancaster County (Pa.) Coalition to End Homelessness, providing leadership for the county’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness and Continuum of Care. She also served as Vice President for Programs for Tabor Community Services Inc., during which time she oversaw a number of model program initiatives focused on ending homelessness, including prevention and rapid re-housing approaches. Ms. Moshier McDivitt received her degrees in Social Work and Sociology from Eastern Mennonite University.

Nan Roman

President and Chief Executive Officer

National Alliance to End Homelessness

Ms. Roman is a leading national voice on the issue of homelessness. Under her guidance, the Alliance has successfully identified and promoted innovative strategies for ending homelessness that have been adopted by communities across the country. In her role, Ms. Roman works closely with members of Congress and the Administration, as well as with officials and advocates at the state and local levels. She collaborates with Alliance partners to educate the public about the real nature of homelessness and effective solutions. She has researched and written on the issue of homelessness, regularly speaks at events around the country and frequently serves as an expert on the issue for the media. Her perspective on homelessness and its solutions comes from more than 20 years of local and national experience in the areas of poverty and community-based organizations.

Tiheba Bain

Executive Director

Women Against Mass Incarceration

Ms. Bain is Founder and Executive Director of Women Against Mass Incarceration, a grassroots organization empowering justice involved women and girls. Currently she is on staff at The National Council for Incarcerated and formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls. Tiheba is a public speaker who played an integral role in passing legislation SB13 for incarcerated women and girls in the State of Connecticut. She sits on the African American
sub commission of the Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity & Opportunity. Tiheba also participated on the State Collateral Consequences Task Force. In the past she sat on the mass incarceration sub-committee for Governor Ned Lamont’s Transitional Policy committee.
Ms. Bain hosted the second annual Free Her conference. She also spoke at Columbia University, Yale University, UCONN, John Jay College, the CT Public Defender National Conference and at IMRP Annual Building Bridges Conference. Recently Ms. Bain was inducted into the CT Hall of Change for her exemplary work in the community. While obtaining her dual undergraduate degree in Psychology and Women and Criminal Justice, she co-wrote a chapter of the book Race Education and Reintegration. Ms. Bain also is an alumni of Heyman Center for Humanities Justice-in-Education Scholar program, at Columbia University.

Jessica Kubicki

Director of Programs

Supportive Housing WORKS

Jessica Kubicki, LCSW, joined Supportive Housing WORKS in January 2016 as the Rapid Exits Manager and transitioned her role to the Director of Programs in May 2017. She also serves as the Leader of the Norwalk Housing First Team which focuses on the collaborative efforts of providers within Greater Norwalk to provide services and resources to the most vulnerable, chronically homeless individuals and families. Jessica provides leadership in maintaining a strong housing placement system, collaborates with providers through the Housing First Collaboratives within the four sub-communities of Fairfield County, and assists in the implementation of statewide housing policies and procedures within the Coordinated Access Network. Jessica also provides clinical and programmatic support to the Rapid Re-Housing Program.

Ben Blake


Milford, CT

Ben was born in Milford and his parents, grandparents, and even a generation before that made Milford their home. He grew up riding Bus “K” to Calf Pen Meadow Elementary and playing sports at Foran High. He attended the University of Richmond in Virginia where he studied History and Government. While in Virginia, Ben taught Civics to high school juniors and seniors. He then returned to Connecticut, attended law school at Quinnipiac University, and from 2004 through 2011 practiced law on the beautiful Downtown Green.
Now in his fifth term as Mayor, Ben has enacted a series of cost cutting initiatives and streamlined City operations to make Milford government more effective and efficient; Milford taxpayers have experienced five consecutive tax cuts while the City’s bond rating was upgraded to an enviable AAA credit score. Ben’s focus on economic development has stimulated a tidal wave of business expansion that has grown the City’s tax base; Milford’s Grand List is now the largest in New Haven County and one of the top in the State. Most notably, Ben has led Milford through Storm Sandy and Blizzard Nemo, and has received widespread praise for his management during two of the worst natural disasters in the City’s history.
When not conducting Milford business, Ben and his wife, Sandy, delight in raising their three children, Carter, Caroline and Tucker, in a home behind the Library – in walking distance to Milford’s beaches, harbor, downtown, and the City’s other fantastic amenities.

Shelley Stoehr-McCarthy

English Professor

Southern Connecticut State University

Shelley Stoehr-McCarthy has taught in the English Department and First-Year Studies at Southern Connecticut State University since 2017. She was awarded SCSU's Outstanding Teacher Award for Part-Time Faculty in 2018 and the Connecticut Board of Regents Systemwide award for Best Adjunct Teacher in 2020. In 2019, Shelley had an idea for a program in which SCSU graduate students would help youth experiencing homelessness to apply for college. Since then, she and several colleagues in the SCSU English Department have begun partnering with local service providers Y2Y New Haven and Youth Continuum New Haven to develop and begin implementation of Shelley's vision.

Michele Conderino

Executive Director

Open Door

Since June 2019, Michele Conderino, MSW, has served as Executive Director of Open Doors. During her time here, Michele has helped lead Open Doors to the greater adoption of innovative and evidence-based practices to end homelessness.
Prior to her role at Open Doors, Michele has worked for nearly two decades in homeless, human services, and mental health services, including as the Regional director for Northern Fairfield County and Director of Homeless Services at Catholic Charities overseeing outreach services.

Samm Williams

Outreach Case Manager

Open Door

Samm has been a part of Open Doors since 2018 and recently took on the role of outreach case manager for the greater Norwalk area. Before launching the new outreach program, she worked as a support supervisor at Open Doors, overseeing the evening and night functions of shelter. Samm's philosophy is that outreach is more than just a job, it’s a lifestyle: "It’s a reminder of a past of my own. I was homeless on the streets of NYC at 19 years old, and I had an aunt who was also street homeless in NYC and died at a bus stop days before she planned to get her life together. Ending street homelessness is important to me because it saved my life."

Omar McDew

Youth Advocate

City of New Britain Community Service Department

Omar McDew is currently the Youth Advocate for the City of New Britain’s Community Services Department. A graduate of Central Connecticut State University and lifelong resident of New Britain, he has worked with at-risk youth for over 31 years.

Omar got his start with the New Britain Parks and Recreation Department in 1989 where he provided summer and afterschool programming for youth. From 1996 – 2006 he was a caseworker for the New Britain Juvenile Justice Center where he dealt with medium to high level juvenile offenders. He moved into his current role as Youth Advocate in 2006 where he runs the Juvenile Review Board and provides mentoring for kids 9-18. In addition, he has been an assistant football coach at New Britain High School for 20 years.

Nancy Sienkowski

Manager of the Intensive Care Management Department

Community Health Network of CT

Nancy Sienkowski, RN, BSN, CCM is an Intensive Care Management (ICM) department manager at Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc.® (CHNCT), the medical Administrative Services Organization (ASO) for the State of Connecticut’s HUSKY Health program. Nancy has been an ICM manager for six years, working with her team to provide care coordination to HUSKY Health members with complex health conditions, using a person-centered approach. After graduating from Skidmore College, Nancy worked at Yale New Haven Hospital before moving into home healthcare. Nancy held a variety of positions with home healthcare, ranging from Director of Clinical services up to administrator.

Linda Casey

Director of HMIS and Strategic Analysis

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

Linda brings more than twenty years of management and information systems experience in the private sector, leading strategic product planning and delivering innovative solutions. With experience in diverse environments ranging from healthcare technology start-ups to mid-growth and established organizations, Linda has collaborated with pharmaceutical companies, military and government agencies, international telecom companies, and hospital systems to solve business challenges through the use of technology and organizational efficiencies. Linda holds a BA in French from Cornell University and an MS in Management Information Systems from the George Washington University School of Business. She recently completed the Master of Public Health at UCONN that leverages her data and analytical skills with her passion for improving the lives of others.

Angel Cotto


Youth Action

Angel Cotto is a youth with lived experience of homelessness who works for the Youth Action Hub as an action Researcher in Connecticut. He has worked with neighborhoods, organizations, and statewide workgroups advocating for different youth, educational, and LGBTQ+ rights and community issues. Angel facilitates the Reaching Homes CAN/Homeless response workgroup and co-chairs the youth partnership task group. Much of Angel’s work is around implementing youth partnerships across the state including the technical advising he provided during Connecticut’s 100 Day Challenge. He hopes to grow the work of the Hub and replicate it in other areas of the nation.

Traci Burdick

Community Health Worker

Community Health Network of CT

Traci Sedacca Burdick is a Certified Community Health Worker at Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc. (CHNCT), the medical Administrative Services Organization (ASO) for the state's HUSKY Health program. Traci is a native of Florida and moved to New England in 2008. She has worked in the healthcare field for over 15 years and has developed a strong passion for the underserved, and a heart for homeless individuals and their families. Traci earned her undergraduate degree from University of Phoenix in Business Management and her graduate degree from University of Phoenix in Business Administration. In her spare time, Traci enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with close friends and family.

Jim Pettinelli

Executive Director

Liberty Community Services

Jim is the Executive Director of New Haven’s Liberty Community Services, a greater New Haven-based nonprofit that provides a range of housing and support services. He previously served as Assistant Director of CIRA's Community Research and Implementation Core, where he was instrumental in helping to form CIRA's model New England HIV Implementation Science Network. Jim is dedicated to helping people experiencing homelessness, substance use disorders, mental health issues, and those living with HIV/AIDS.

Sarah Gallagher

Managing Director of CSH’s Eastern Region

The Corporation of Supporting Housing

Sarah is currently Managing Director of CSH’s Eastern Region. She has expertise in health/housing collaborations, data matching, interagency collaboration, homeless programs and reentry. Previously she served as CSH’s Director of Strategic Initiatives leading CSH’s efforts to scale and replicate proven supportive housing models as part of the Government Affairs & Innovation team at CSH as well as the Director of CSH’s Connecticut Program, overseeing all of CSH’s training, lending, technical assistance, and systems change work throughout the state. Sarah worked with State agencies to increase the use of supportive housing as a public policy solution, including project management of the Frequent User Services Engagement Program (FUSE), a supportive housing pilot program aimed to break the cycle of homelessness and incarceration for frequent users of jail and shelter, and assisting the State, and health care and supportive housing providers to integrate health care and housing for vulnerable populations. Previously, Ms. Gallagher served at the first Executive Director of Journey Home, the local homeless funding and planning body for the Capitol Region, where she oversaw the development and implementation of the community’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness. Sarah was also the Executive Director for Discharge Planning at the New York City Department of Corrections, where she oversaw the discharge planning programs on Rikers Island and worked with City agencies in order to overcome barriers that people face when leaving jail. Ms. Gallagher holds a Master degree in Urban Policy and Management from the Milano Graduate School at the New School and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Connecticut.

Marianne Farr

Supportive Housing Administrator

The Friendship Service Center

Marianne is a part-time outreach worker in Bristol through SVDP and Brian’s Angels. She is also a supportive housing administrator at The Friendship Service Center in New Britain, CT.

Matt McDermott

Lead Organizer


Matt McDermott has served the Lead Organizer of CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut) for the last 8 year. CONECT is a broad-based organization – multi-racial, multi-faith, urban and suburban – made up of 29 congregations from East Haven to Stamford that organize together to take action on issues of common concern to their families and communities and for the greater good. McDermott has led CONECT though successful campaigns on issues as varied as immigrant rights, health insurance rates, school discipline policies, police accountability, and numerous local issues.

McDermott joined CONECT with more than 12 years of prior experience organizing in the greater Chicago area. McDermott served as lead organizer of Lake County United, senior organizer of United Power for Action and Justice, lead organizer of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP).

McDermott is a graduate of the University of Michigan Residential College with a BA in history. A native of the South Side of Chicago, McDermott lives in the New Haven area with his wife and two daughters.

Kelan Lyons

Criminal Justice Reporter

CT Mirror

Kelan Lyons is CT Mirror’s Report For America Corps Member, covering the intersection of mental health and criminal justice. Before joining CT Mirror, Kelan was a staff writer for City Weekly, an alt weekly in Salt Lake City, where he covered an array of topics including economic development, immigration and state and local politics. Prior to reporting in Utah, Kelan was a courts reporter for The Bryan-College Station Eagle, covering criminal and civil trials and hearings in the Brazos County Courthouse and won a first place feature writing award from the 2018 Texas Associated Press Managing Editors for his story on how a 35-year-old cold case still affects the community. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. He is originally from Philadelphia.

Fiona Vernal

Associate Professor of History and African Studies

University of Connecticut

Fiona Vernal, (PhD, Yale University), is Associate Professor of History and African Studies and director of the new initiative, EPCOH: Engaged, Public, Oral, and Community Histories at the University of Connecticut. Building on oral histories, archival research, and iterative exhibitions, her research chronicles African American, Puerto Rican, and West Indian settlement in the Greater Hartford region.

Michelle Dumas Keuler

Human Rights Attorney

Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities

Michelle Dumas Keuler is a Human Rights Attorney with the State of Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (“CHRO”). Founded in 1943, the CHRO is the nation’s oldest state based civil rights organization. The Commission is charged with investigating and prosecuting cases of employment, housing, public accommodation and credit discrimination. As a Human Rights Attorney, Ms. Dumas Keuler represents the agency in its prosecution of employment, housing and public accommodation discrimination cases before agency Human Rights Referees and in state court. Ms. Dumas Keuler has extensive experience training in the areas of housing and employment discrimination, employer best practices and sexual harassment discrimination. She has trained countless landlords, tenants, housing authorities, state and municipal employees and employers regarding discrimination statues and their enforcement by the CHRO. She also implemented and supervised a Fair Housing Testing program at the CHRO funded by HUD. She is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University and Western New England University School of Law.

Angel Quiros


Connecticut Department of Corrections

Commissioner Quiros started his career with the Connecticut Department of Correction in 1989 as a Correction Officer. He has gone on to work in the following capacities for the agency: Lieutenant, Captain, Unit Manager, Major, Deputy Warden and Warden. He served in the position of District Administrator from 2011-2019.
Commissioner Quiros has extensive experience in the development of correctional institutional policy and possess in-depth, hands-on institutional skills developed by serving in a variety of correctional settings.
He is a Management Trustee of the Connecticut State Retirement Commission, as well as a Criminal Justice Consultant for The Moss Group.
In March of 2019, then Commissioner Rollin Cook appointed Angel Quiros to the Office of Deputy Commissioner of Operations and Rehabilitative Services Division (OARS). This division is comprised of 14-correctional facilities. As Deputy Commissioner he also oversaw the Parole and Community Services Division.
Mr. Quiros served as Interim Commissioner of the department from July through August 2020.
Governor Ned Lamont announced on September 2, 2020, that Angel Quiros was his nominee to be the 11th Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Correction. Commissioner Quiros is the first Latino to serve as Commissioner of the State’s prison system.
Commissioner Quiros holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Springfield College. He is married, and the couple are parents to one adult-aged son.

Steve DiLella

Director of Individual and Family Support Program

Connecticut Department of Housing

Steve is the Director of the Individual and Family Support Program Unit at the Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH). Steve has been with the State working on ending homelessness for the past twelve years. During this timeframe, Steve has managed all state funded homeless service programs including homeless outreach, homeless diversion, emergency shelter, rapid rehousing, and permanent supportive housing, as well as assisting in the creation of Connecticut’s Coordinated Entry System. Connecticut has over 5000 units of permanent supportive housing and over $3 million dollars of funding for rapid rehousing for homeless individuals and families. Within the 5000 units of permanent supportive housing are various special initiatives that target homeless individuals and families that are high cost users of institutional settings. Steve has also pushed the Connecticut homeless service system toward a housing first and low barrier model and has instituted harm reduction policies in all homeless programs. In addition to Steve's roles with DOH, he serves as the Co-Chair for the Connecticut Balance of State Continuum of Care, which has leveraged significant resources over the past ten years to create more permanent supportive housing units for the disabled homeless population.

Rachel Givens

Graduate Student

University of Connecticut School of Social Work

Rachel lives in Wolcott, CT and is a recent graduate from the University of Connecticut. Rachel graduated in May 2020 from UConn with a BA in Human Development and Family Sciences and minors in Gerontology and Psychological Sciences. The highlight of undergrad for her was participating in an intergenerational learning program through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UConn where she took classes with students over the age of 50 and formed friendships with her classmates of all ages. Rachel was also a member of several service organizations during undergrad. Rachel is now enrolled at UConn School of Social Work as a Master of Social Work student with a concentration in Community Organizing. She is also working a job on campus in the Field Education department. In her free time, she enjoys going for walks and gardening.