Connecticut -On January 24th, 2017, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) seeks volunteers to take part in this year’s national census of homelessness, the Point-in-Time (PIT) count, an important annual exercise to count the total number of homeless on a given night across Connecticut and the country.
Volunteers participating in the Point-in-Time count also have the opportunity to participate in the fight to end homelessness. The count helps to develop the data crucial to assess the success of current programs, gauge the progress we are making nationally in the fight to end homelessness, and determine future allocations of funding.
For those experiencing homelessness, the Count offers a chance for them to connect with volunteer surveyors. Volunteers can direct those in urgent need toward the services and supports that that can end their homelessness, including by adding them to the community registries for housing resources.
Nov. 14-In honor of National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) and the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation are asking all Connecticut residents to join them to “be homeful for the holidays” and make a donation to the be homeful project to help families remain in the warmth of a home.
CCEH’s be homeful project aims to end homelessness one family at a time. 1,000 families experience homelessness in Connecticut each year, including 2,000 children. CCEH is also partnered with Paddington Bear™ to raise awareness about the issue of family homelessness. Paddington himself was homeless at the start of his journey, which is why he is an ideal “spokesbear” for the issue.
Connecticut is a national leader in the effort to end homelessness. In August of 2015, Connecticut made history when we became the first state to end the long term homelessness of veterans with disabilities. We are also on track, through the Governor’s Zero: 2016 initiative, to end the long-term homelessness of all Connecticut residents with severe disabilities by the end of this year.