The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with members and communities throughout the state, creates change through leadership, advocacy, and building the capacity of members and the field to respond to environmental challenges. Our collective mission is to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.

Essential Shelter and Hotel Staff

You can be part of the COVID homeless response! CCEH is currently accepting applications for essential staff for shelters and hotels in Danbury, Greater New Haven, New Britain, and Willimantic/Mansfield Center/Storrs. CCEH will forward applicants to regional Coordinated Access Networks for consideration.

If you are interested – Please email with the subject: Essential Staff

Duties and Responsibilities

·      Perform hourly rounds on assigned floor.
·      Supervise shelter clients to ensure compliance with all house rules.
·      Assist in ensuring security of the Shelter.
·      Maintain hourly logs.
·      Log medications.
·      Help move client belongings as necessary.
·      Collaborate with other agencies and social service providers. .
·      Oversee intake, departures and daily roster and programs.
·      Supervise resident chores.
·      Attend agency and program meetings as scheduled.
·      Complete all required reports/incident logs.
·      Enter data into computer as directed.
·      Provide shift coverage to other RS staff during their break times.
·      Remain on-site to perform essential functions during emergency situations

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Individual(s) must have demonstrated the ability to manage, motivate and direct clients; time management and organizational skills essential; knowledge base of the delivery of residential services for the homeless population preferred; must be aware of mental health, substance abuse, and dual diagnosis issues; knowledgeable of the area network providers; computer literate; culturally competent; must possess the capacity to work within a team and promote teamwork; must have a general understanding of crisis intervention skills, confidentiality, boundaries, universal precautions; able to foster a Harm Reduction philosophy within the work environment; strong empathic skills. Valid drivers’ license with a good driving history.

Please note: We care about your health and safety! Please be aware that essential shelter workers may be exposed to populations who may have had exposure to COVID.


Significant projects include research, grassroots organizing, communications and coalition development related to efforts to end homelessness. Each placement has a staff supervisor/mentor who will oversee the work, which usually involves a good deal of variety and several  projects. These internships are appropriate for those seeking academic credit, work experience and a collegial, flexible environment.

Internships at the CCEH are a good fit for undergraduate or graduate students interested in:

  • Women’s Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • English
  • Leadership
  • Business/non-profit management
  • Human Services
  • Sociology
  • Economics


  • Undergraduates, graduate students in good standing or recent graduates who are innovative thinkers, problem solvers and interested in solutions to prevent and end homelessness, economic security and affordable housing.
  • Must have excellent work ethic, strong writing, research and/or design skills. Quantitative or design skills also a plus.
  • Self‐starters comfortable in a small, non‐profit team with diverse constituencies.
  • Backgrounds desired: sociology, public policy, political science, anthropology, women’s studies, urban planning, social work, communications, public administration, marketing, community organizing.

We accept applications for fall, spring and summer. Please submit the following to Sarah Fox:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Resume
  3. 2-3 writing samples
  4. A completed application form

CCEH is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. CCEH considers lived experience as a valued source of expertise