CCEH serves as a catalyst for change and represents the interests of homeless persons. We work with local communities and advocates to move policy change at a local, state and federal level. CCEH provides stakeholders with information, tools and resources to create change to prevent and end homelessness.
Housing Advocacy in Action!
With the 2017 legislative session well underway, homelessness and housing advocates have been reaching out to legislators asking them to preserve resources that are critical to maintaining the gains we have made in ending homelessness. Over 50 providers and advocates have submitted testimony and many have come to Hartford to testify on the Governor’s budget. Across the state, Coordinated Access Networks have hosted legislators at in-district events, which have introduced many legislators to our CAN system from “entry to exit”, demonstrating the impressive collaboration while underscoring the importance of protecting funds to end homelessness.
CCEH and the Partnership for Strong Communities will support your efforts with the following tools:
PSC, CCEH, and Gallo & Robinson will be hosting an Advocacy Webinar on March 20th to update you on the legislative session and help you get ready for Advocacy Days.
Click here for a link to watch the Budget and Appropriations Process Webinar. Click here to view the PDF of the presentation.
Connecticut continues to operate without an approved budget for the current fiscal year. Under these circumstances, the Governor must run the state under an Executive Order Resource Allocation Plan.
On Friday August 18, the Governor announced an update to this plan, which included additional funding for homeless services ($1.43 million), additional funding for DMHAS Housing Supports ($943,000), and additional funding for DCF/Homeless Youth ($103,773) going forward. It is our understanding that this additional funding will, among other impacts, restore funding previously cut from existing Rental Assistance Payments (RAPs) that underpin supportive housing projects. This is good news during the period that the Governor manages by EO, which will continue until the legislature passes a budget. Thank you to all of you for the calls have already made. These changes are proof that our calls are working, but we can’t stop now.
State budget negotiations continue, but we have no agreed budget yet. Until a budget is passed, we will be reaching out to you every Tuesday to ask you to raise your voice in support of funding for Housing and Homelessness Services! Connecticut has made great strides in ending homelessness for veterans and those with severe disabling conditions, but these gains are at risk of being reversed due to the on-going budget impasse at the State Capitol.
Please take two minutes to contact the House and Senate Caucus Leaders and Appropriations Chairs and let them know that you support Housing and Homelessness Services in Connecticut!
Preserve Critical Resources to End Homelessness and Increase Affordable Housing. Preserve the DOH Housing and Homelessness line item at $74M, the DMHAS housing supports and Services line item at $23M, and the community Investment Act funds at DOH for the Coordinated Access Networks. DOH and DMHAS are critical to move people from homelessness to housing and keeping them stably housed.
Tell Legislative Leadership: Preserve the Department of Housing, which brings clear value to Connecticut. DOH’s targeted investments and leadership have been central to our success to date. The $197,000 saved by consolidating DOH is far outweighed by the value the state will lose.
The Senate is expected to vote on the bill in the next 24 hours. The time to reach out to the Senate is now! Please tell your Senator and Senate leadership to oppose HB 6880 – a bill that will weaken the Affordable Housing Appeals procedure, known as the 8-30g statute, if it goes on to be adopted. Section 8-30g has helped to create thousands of affordable homes in Connecticut.
It is the state;s primary tool that builders can use to give parents, and their children, access to housing in otherwise exclusionary towns.
Consolidating departments and disbanding the Department of Housing would negatively impact our ability to maximize the impact of available resources and to continue to drive down homelessness in Connecticut. Our achievements in ending this expensive, avoidable problem would not have happened without the targeted investments and leadership of the DOH.
Many thanks to those of you who participated Wednesday and Thursday, April 12 and 13, in our “Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Days” at the Capitol! More than 150 providers, community representatives, and client advocates participated in eight community meetings (one for each Coordinated Access Network). Together, we connected in-person with Governor Malloy, 60 legislators, and 75 legislative staff to ask for their support to maintain the resources we need to end homelessness.
The Appropriations Committee is putting their budget together right now, and traditionally vote before their deadline, which is April 27th. We need you to keep raising your voice!
The Appropriations Committee is in a crucial time of debate and decision. We need your assistance in communicating our support and the vital importance of homelessness and housing programs to lawmakers.
We are reaching out to ask you to ACT NOW and CALL YOUR State Senators and Representatives who are on the Appropriations Committee and ask them to preserve and maintain resources to end homelessness in CT.
Please Call or Email Appropriations Committee Members this week. Click herefor a script and a list of legislators in your region!
Please join the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Partnership for Strong Communities, and Gallo & Robinson on Monday, March 20th from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. for the Advocacy Days Preparation Webinar.
There will be an update on the Budget & Appropriations Process during this year’s difficult budget climate, a review of state and local initiatives, and preparation & strategy for the 2017 Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days on April 12th & 13th.
Governor Malloy and our legislative leaders have long understood and supported the importance of ending homelessness in our state in both fiscal and human terms. The proposed budget preserves essential line items for maintaining statewide efforts to end homelessness. Please show your support and help us highlight the need for protecting these critical funds by attending or submitting testimony at the hearings. Click here to read more on what you can do.
Help us Defend 8-30g, an important took for the creation of Affordable Housing. Section 8-30g of the Connecticut General Statutes, the “Connecticut Affordable Housing Land Use Appeals Procedure,” has been a critically important tool in helping expand the stock of affordable housing in Connecticut. Expansion of affordable housing is central to the success of our efforts to end homelessness in our state.8-30g is under attack! There are more than 30 bills pending that would significantly carve back, or even repeal, 8-30g. Please join CCEH in supporting the 8-30g statute at the February 16 hearing of the Housing Committee. Click here to read more on what you can do.
The state legislature convenes January 4 to begin negotiations on a new two-year budget. The projected deficit for that budget has grown to almost $1.5 billion.
CCEH will be working together with you and the Partnership for Strong Communities to highlight the success of investments to end homelessness in your communities and across the state — arguing with your help to protect these resources serving those in most need.
We need your help to preserve funding for housing and homelessness services and supports.
The Appropriations Committee Deadline is March 31, 2016. Please contact your legislators TODAY. Tell them to protect homeless response resources.
As you know, this is a very difficult budget year in Connecticut – by some estimates, the worst in more than 30 years. While we have made significant strides, these cuts are detrimental to the progress we have made.
On March 2nd and 3rd, more than 250 homeless services providers and client advocates from all over the state came to Hartford to discuss the impact of homelessness on their area and their work to end homelessness in Connecticut. 2016 was the best Advocacy Days yet! Together, we reached 123 legislators and aides with our message to stay the course and continue to invest in ending homelessness in Connecticut.
Our efforts are working, as the data shows, and cuts to our resources would reverberate across communities — increasing the burden to hospitals, first responders, and others in these tough fiscal times when they can ill afford higher demand on their services.
Advocacy materials include information on how to find a bill, find out who your legislators are, how a bill becomes a law, legislative agendas, talking points on various housing and homelessness issues, postcards for policymakers, tips for communicating with your public officials and CCEH field mobilization information. They are intended as resources for advocates, providers and those who have experienced homelessness. Includes past webinars and sample letters to the editor, op-eds and call scripts.