Hungry and Homeless In Hartford
NBC Connecticut | September 2020

Giving Circles Helping with Homelessness, COVID-19 Response
Hartford Courant |August 2020

Governor’s housing development advisor leaves administration
CT Mirror | August 2020

Pandemic Worsens ‘Already Fragile’ Situation for Homeless Youth, Young Adults
WNPR | August 2020

Survey: Homeless count continues to decline in CT
CT Post | August 2020

Few qualify for state housing assistance – and a crisis looms
CT Miror | August 2020

Support for Housing the Homeless Continues as COVID Rages
Governing.com | August 2020

During Pandemic, Stable Housing Is More Critical Than Ever
WNPR | July 2020

Facing Pandemic, Student Volunteers Put Mission into Practice
Yale School of Management | July 2020

EDITORIAL: Remembering David Dudley
Record Journal | July 2020

Connecticut may delay re-opening of bars as COVID-19 cases surge in other states and worry about virus spread grows
Hartford Courant | June 2020

Connecticut prison population almost halved since 2008 peak as pandemic continues
CT Mirror | June 2020

IKEA dona once toneladas de muebles para personas sin hogar de Connecticut
Identidad Latina | May 2020 (Page 4)

Meriden Forms ‘Long Overdue’ Homelessness Task Force
Meriden Record-Journal | May 2020

How COVID-19 is Shrinking Connecticut’s Prison Population
CT Mirror | May 2020

COVID-19 Hospitalizations See Largest One-Day Drop Since State Began Tracking
CT Mirror | April 2020

States Move Vulnerable Homeless Populations to Hotels Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
usnews.com | April 2020

Homeless Advocates Get Creative in Keeping Clients Safe During Coronavirus
WSHU | April 2020

Connecticut Shelters Rapidly Moving People to Hotels to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks; Homeless Individual Test Positive in Hartford
Hartford Courant | March 2020

Helping Those Without a Home Becomes Harder In A Time of Isolation 
WNPR | March 2020

Homeless Shelters Prepare for COVID-19; May Use Dorms or State Hospital Property as Space
Fox 61 | March 2020

Homeless Shelters are Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19 Spread, Deaths
CT Mirror | March 2020

Woman experiencing homelessness speaks out on census of homeless population
WTNH | January 2020

As Connecticut surveys homeless population, lawmaker urges more state funds for affordable housing: ‘Either you pay now or you pay later’
Hartford Courant | January 2020

Volunteers search region for those who are homeless
The Day | January 2020

“Point-in-time” count takes place across CT, allows communities to assess number of homeless
WTNH | January 2020

CT homelessness count declines 24% from previous year; volunteers needed for count Jan. 21
Fox 61 | January 2020

CT Coalition to End Homelessness be homeful for the holidays drive raises more than $70,000 to help local families remain housed
Press Release | 2020

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant
Press Release | 2019

Guilford Secures $350K Grant to Fight Homelessness
Guilford Patch | October 2019

Kamala Harris Introduces Bill to End Homelessness
Housing Wire | October 2019

Change in Disparate Impact Rule Would Jeopardize Housing Security for Most Vulnerable Citizens
HUD | September 2019

New Britain and Other Towns Celebrate Reducing Youth Homelessness
New Britain Herald | September 2019

Atlanta Meets Their $50M Goal to House People Experiencing Homelessness
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | August 2019

Emergency Funds Spent For Hurricane Maria Evacuees
The Hartford Courant | August 2019

The Emerging Crisis of Aged Homelessness Report
University of Pennsylvania | August 2019

Opening Plenary from the NAEH National Conference featuring remarks by Nan Roman
NAEH | 2019

Lunchtime Plenary from Day 2 of the NAEH National Conference featuring remarks from Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
NAEH | 2019

Bristol Celebrates Housing 44 Homeless Youth Through the “Reaching Home Ending Homelessness 100 Day Challenge”
The Bristol Press | 2019

In Rural Areas, Homeless People Are Harder To Find — And To Help
National Public Radio | July 2019

Strengthening Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Homelessness Services Systems
USICH with the Council of State Governments Justice Center | June 2019

Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing
CT Mirror | May 2019

Governor Lamont Launches Statewide Performance and Results Agenda
Office of the Governor | April 2019

How Ned Lamont’s ‘debt diet’ may slow Connecticut’s progress reducing homelessness
Hartford Courant | April 2019

Lisa Tepper Bates to head state’s housing-transit initiative
The Day | April 2019

Meeting in Brooklyn seeks solution to homelessness
Norwich Bulletin | April 2019

Lamont creates new post to oversee housing and transit development
CT Post | April 2019

Housing Dollars For Puerto Rican Evacuees Could Go Away If Unclaimed
CT Public Radio | April 2019

Annual Homeless Data Shows 10% Fewer People Used Homeless Shelters than in Previous Year, 40% Fewer Since 2012
Press Release | March 2019

CT’s incoming housing commissioner comes from humble beginnings
CT Post | March 2019

Affordable Housing
WSHU Public Radio | March 2019

Housing Crisis Support Still Available for Those Evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria
Press Release | March 2019

New network promises ‘healthier environment’ for LGBTQ community
CT Post | March 2019

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim looking for funding to help the homeless
News 12 | March 2019

Advocacy Days Preparation Webinar
Action Alert | March 2019

Happy Trails to Brian Roccapriore!
Announcement | March 2019

Starting with Stability: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle
Urban Institute | March 2019

Op-Ed: On the path to eliminating homelessness
New Haven Register | March 2019

CT Solutions to End Homelessness
Comcast Newsmakers | March 2019

Giving back something more important than a check
Hartford Courant | March 2019

Bill aims to help homeless students access education
News 8 | March 2019

Quinnipiac student makes a historic trek for charity
Fox 61 | March 2019

A $2.5 million federal grant will fund housing and help women coping with addiction, homelessness, mental illness in New Haven
Hartford Courant | March 2019

Groundbreaking initiative launched to help homeless women in New Haven
News 8 | March 2019

’Debt diet’ hits housing too hard
Hartford Courant | March 2019

Advocacy Reminder: Testimony Needed for DSS Hearing
Action Alert | March 4, 2019

Four stories of homelessness in Connecticut, told by those who have lived it
Hartford Courant | February 2019

Feds gift $2.8M to combat CT homelessness, aid domestic violence survivors
Hartford Business Journal | February 2019

Advocacy Action Alert: DMHAS and DSS Hearings
Action Alert | February 28, 2019

A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles
LAist | February 2019

Who’s falling into homelessness, and how: King County hopes better data leads to better help
The Seattle Times | February 2019

Severe Cold Weather Protocol Alert
Announcement | February 25, 2019

Welcome Seila Mosquera-Bruno! New Commissioner of the CT Department of Housing
Announcement | February 2019

Advocacy Action Alert: Appropriations Public Hearings Announced!
Action Alert | February 2019

To Reduce Chronic Homelessness, A Chicago Hospital Is Treating It As A Medical Condition
WBUR | February 2019

Q&A: How Connecticut Matched Its Medicaid and Homelessness Data to Improve Health through Housing
National Academy for State Health Policy | February 2019

106 Area Nonprofits Receive Over $1.3 Million in Grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Hamlet Hub | February 2019

Warming centers, diversion programs part of addressing homelessness in state
Middletown Press | February 2019

Splash Car Wash customers help raise $4,000 for families facing homelessness
Westfair Communications | February 2019

Homeless Bill Of Rights Sparks Debate
New Haven Independent | February 2019

Panels hears testimony on proposed New Haven homeless bill of rights
New Haven Register | February 2019

Loitering Laws Hit Connecticut’s Most Vulnerable Residents
WNPR | February 2019

Blumenthal, Murphy ask HUD to fully fund nonprofits affected by shutdown
The Day | February 2019

Murphy Announces Regina Moller, Executive Director of Noank Community Support Services in Groton, as his State of the Union Guest 
Senator Murphy Press Release | February 2019

Homelessness on campus
CBS News | January 2019

How Finland Solved Homelessness
Huffington Post | January 2019

Plans to get New Haven homeless youth out of the cold
News 8 | January 2019

Hartford police spend frigid night connecting homeless to shelter
Hartford Courant | January 2019

Severe Cold Weather Protocol Alert
Announcement | January 2019

In Between Homes: Michaelle Gonzalez used to be part of the twenty-three percent of youth experiencing homelessness in Connecticut who are LGBTQ+. Now she’s advocating for them.
Yale Daily News | January 2019

A push to end housing discrimination against ex-offenders
CT Mirror | January 2019

Volunteers tackle cold to count, help the homeless
The Day | January 2019

Rep. Michel to Join Constituents in Annual Statewide Homeless Count
NorwalkPlus | January 2019

Severe Cold Weather Protocol Alert
Announcement | January 17, 2019

Coalition to end homelessness raises $75,000
Yale Daily News | January 2019

Greater Hartford saw uptick in homeless deaths last year
Hartford Courant | January 2019

Organization helps thousands of homeless teens in CT
News 3 | January 2019

Connecticut is Conducting Its Annual Census of People Experiencing Homelessness: Volunteers Needed
Press Release | January 2019

Newsmakers: Richard Cho | CEO, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Hartford Business Journal | January 2019

Closing The Door On Homelessness In Connecticut
NPR “Where We Live” | January 2019

New Haven looks to address lack of affordable housing in city, area
New Haven Register | January 2019

Homeless service providers receive $924K in grants from Hartford Foundation of Public Giving
Hartford Courant | January 2019

Murphy meets with agencies tackling teen homelessness in Middletown
The Middletown Press | January 2019

Homelessness can be solved — and we know how to do it
Hartford Courant | December 2018

Milford creates group to find answers to homeless population near library
CT Post | December 2018

Committee wants more housing collaboration
CT Post | December 2018

Paddington gifts are delivered to local homeless shelters as part of the Be Homeful project
WTNH News 8 | December 2018

Fighting the Cycle of Homelessness: Community Groups Help Place New Haven Family in Home for the Holidays
NBC Connecticut | December 2018

Responding to the Recent 2018 HUD Report on Homelessness
CCEH Announcement | December 2018

Hurricane Maria Evacuees Funding Available
CCEH Announcement | December 2018

Hartford Shelters House 178 Households in 100 Days
Press Release | December 2018

State legislators listen to former inmates’ housing challenges
The Day | December 2018

Gov. Malloy: Significant Results Generated in State’s Campaign to End Family Homelessness
Office of Governor Malloy | December 2018

12 Connecticut Schools Raise Awareness of Homelessness
Press Release | December 2018

Collaboration Key to Homelessness Fight: Dr. Richard Cho and Rev. Bonita Grubbs talk about homelessness on The Municipal Voice
New Haven Independent | December 2018

Capitol Watch Podcast: Homelessness is a problem in Connecticut. A Hartford rapper wants to help.
Hartford Courant | December 2018

CT looks to mitigate homelessness
Yale Daily News | December 2018

Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness Weekly #8 Update
Reaching Home Campaign | November 2018

Ellis Tech Students Raise Money For Homeless
Hartford Courant | November 2018

Fewer homeless in Connecticut, data shows, but problems still persist
CT Mirror | November 2018

Gov. Malloy Activates State’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol from Wednesday Afternoon Through Friday Morning
Cold Weather Alert | November 2018

CT nonprofits collaborate on housing solution for domestic violence survivors
Hartford Business Journal | November 2018

Access and the Northeast CAN to Hold “Be Homeful” Paddington Bear Crowdrise Campaign Event for the Global #GivingTuesday Movement
Journal Inquirer | November 2018

Gov. Malloy Announces $6.5 Million to Provide Housing Opportunities for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Office of the Governor | November 2018
CCEH board appoints Dr. Richard Cho as next CEO
Press Release | November 2018

 

Weekly Update #5: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness 
Reaching Home Campaign | November 2018

How to Help a Youth in a Housing Crisis
Infographic | November 2018

Greater Hartford shelters launch campaign to help homeless families
News 3 | November 2018

CCEH Names New Chief Executive Officer
Announcement | November 2018

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Begins
Announcement | October 2018

For domestic violence survivors, homelessness can be fear, reality
Chron | October 2018

CCEH to Benefit from Taste for Travel at the Hartford Courant Travel Show
News 8 | October 2018

Weekly Update #3: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness 
Announcement | October 2018

Weekly Update #2: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness 
Announcement | October 2018

School Grants Available – Hunger & Homelessness Week
Announcement | October 2018

CSCU Offers Free Classes to SNAP Enrolled Students
NBC Connecticut | October 2018

Homeless families urged to seek help without fear of losing children
New Haven Register | October 2018

CCEH & CCADV Named “Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year” by the Hartford Business Journal 
Hartford Business Journal | October 2018

Weekly Update #1: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness
Announcement | October 2018

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness announces be homeful holiday competition
Press Release | October 2018

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness launches be homeful for the holidays 2018
Press Release | October 2018

Update on Chronic Homelessness Efforts in Connecticut
Announcement | September 2018

Victories in reducing homelessness provide social services model
The Day | August 2018

Gov. Malloy Announces $61.5 Million to Support Affordable Housing Development in Diverse Communities
Office of the Governor | August 2018

The 100-Day Hartford Housing Challenge Begins!
Announcement | August 2018

Hartford Hospital Heard About This Struggling College Student And Decided To Offer Her A Job
Hartford Courant | August 2018

CCEH Highlight’s from the NAEH 2018 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
Announcement | August 2018

Childcare funds are now available through the Children in Shelters (CIS) program
Announcement | July 2018

Homeless And In College: 17.5 Percent Of CSCU Students Surveyed Have No Permanent Home
Hartford Courant | July 2018

Opening Doors Fairfield County Funding Announcement
Announcement | July 2018

CSCU & CCEH Release Report on Student Housing Insecurity
Press release | July 2018

CT BOS CoC RFP: Domestic Violence & Rapid Re-Housing Due 7/23/18
Announcement | July 2018

The CT Department of Housing announces official definition of “shelter diversion” for the state
Announcement | June 2018

CCADV, CCEH Announce National Model for Collaboratively Housing Domestic Violence Survivors Facing Homelessness
Press release | June 2018

Synchrony Commits $200,000 to Prevent Family Homelessness
Press release | June 2018

Connecticut’s Balance of State Continuum of Care 2018 Project Application Released – Due 6/29/18
Announcement | May 2018

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation commits $10,000 to Hurricane Maria Relief
CT Post | May 2018

Gov. Malloy Announces Record Drop in Homelessness
Office of the Governor | May 2018

2018 Count Shows Continued Success in Connecticut’s Efforts to Combat Homelessness
Press release | May 2018

Annual Training Institute to Unite Communities Against Homelessness
Press release | May 2018

Lisa Tepper Bates to Leave CT Coalition to End Homelessness – Search for New Leadership Soon Underway
Press release | May 2018

Call your Legislators Today
Action Alert | April 2018

Street Medicine: Helping the Homeless Where They Live
Hartford Courant | April 2018

2018 Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days
Press release | April 2018

Call/Email Appropriations Committee Members Today
Action Alert | April 2018

S.B. 6 Will Allocate Community Investment Act (CIA) Funds for Homelessness System Management
Action Alert | March 2018

Advocacy Days Prep Information 
News | February 2018

Annual Homelessness Counts
February 6, 2018
We had great success during the 2018 Youth Count! and the 2018 Point In Time (PIT) Count.

Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
January 18, 2018
A new partnership with the Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness and the Connecticut Colleges and Universities.

2018 Youth Count
December 21, 2017
The 2018 Youth Count will be held from January 24-30, 2018 across the state of Connecticut. You can register to volunteer by using this link.

The 2017 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference
August 2, 2017
CCEH staff and colleagues from across Connecticut attended the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. July 17-20.

NAEH leadership highlighted Connecticut’s great work throughout the conference – CCEH staff presented in multiple sessions, demonstrating that Connecticut is a leader in the field and that we are advancing the model for ending homelessness.

We feature, below, summaries from CCEH highlighting some of the conference’s best sessions on cutting-edge issues of interest in efforts to end homelessness.


Budget Update: Impact on Housing
June 29, 2017
On Monday, Governor Malloy released a “Resource Allocation Plan,” an executive order that outlines operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2018. Since the legislature did not vote on a state budget by the end of session and legislative leadership at this point is unlikely to vote on a budget, the Resource Allocation plan will go into effect on Saturday, July 1. This means that the state will operate off of FY 2017 budget figures.


15th Annual Conference Celebrates Progress, Plans Next Steps to End Homelessness in Connecticut
May 11, 2017
2017 event turns state focus toward ending family and youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness 15th Annual Training Institute take place May 18, 2017 from 7:45-4:30 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event convenes nearly 400 leaders and practitioners from the field of homelessness, colleagues from government, and philanthropy from across the state. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a champion of efforts to end homelessness, will speak to kick off the event’s lunch.


2017 Count Finds Lowest Levels of Homelessness to Date in Connecticut
May 18, 2017
The January 24th count, coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), showed that overall homelessness in Connecticut is down 13 percent compared to 2016, and down by 24 percent since 2007, the first year the census was conducted statewide. The 2017 count represents the lowest totals ever in a statewide CT PIT Count for individuals, families, veterans, and chronically homeless.  Surveyors identified 3,387 individuals experiencing homelessness (down from 3,902 in 2016,).


15th Annual Conference Celebrates Progress, Plans Next Steps to End Homelessness in Connecticut

May 11, 2017
2017 event turns state focus toward ending family and youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness 15th Annual Training Institute take place May 18, 2017 from 7:45-4:30 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event convenes nearly 400 leaders and practitioners from the field of homelessness, colleagues from government, and philanthropy from across the state. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a champion of efforts to end homelessness, will speak to kick off the event’s lunch.

The conference will focus on building off of Connecticut’s success in ending veteran homelessness (one of the first two states federally certified for this achievement) and driving down chronic homelessness. Due to coordinated efforts across the state, Connecticut has seen four straight years of declining homelessness. The state’s next goals are to end homelessness among families and youth.

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Severe Cold Weather Protocol Activated: Extension to March 16

March 9, 2017
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

Update: The protocol currently in effect, which began 5 pm on Friday, March 10, is now being extended until 8 am Thursday, March 16.

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Synchrony Financial Invests to End Family Homelessness

February 16, 2017
The Synchrony FinancialFamilies That Work program has made a generous grant of $200,000 to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’s be homeful project to prevent the homelessness of families in Fairfield County.

Stamford-based Synchrony Financial’s commitment is expected to prevent approximately 100 families in Fairfield County from becoming homeless this year, a figure which represents approximately half of the families that enter the shelter system each year in Fairfield County. The grant will include critically-needed emergency assistance funds that frontline workers in the region can access to help families seeking shelter stay in their homes.

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Advocacy Action Alert: Help us Defend 8-30g!

February 13, 2017
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.

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Severe Cold Weather Protocol Activated

February 9, 2017
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong wind gusts, resulting in negative wind chill factors, from this evening through the day tomorrow. The current protocol will be in effect from 5 pm today, February 9, until tomorrow, Friday February 10 at 5 pm.

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Microsoft, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Team Up to Count Connecticut’s Homeless Youth

January 19, 2017
Technology giant builds app to help CT assess the scope of youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting a statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth (ages 13-24) from January 25 to January 31, and Microsoft is helping.

Through an app built by a team at Microsoft and Hartford-based technology services provider Nutmeg Consulting, CCEH volunteers will be able to complete a survey on smartphones with youth facing homelessness. Microsoft and Nutmeg donated their employees’ time to create the app using Microsoft Azure cloud and Xamarin, a new Microsoft product that delivers a native application on Windows, Android, and iOS environments.

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Gov. Malloy and Congressional Delegation Announce $6.6 Million Federal Grant to Help End Youth Homelessness

January 13, 2017
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving a $6.6 million federal grant to help support the state’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020.

The award, which comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, will be utilized to create new and innovative housing with support service programs to serve youth experiencing homelessness. Connecticut was one of only ten communities in the country selected by HUD to receive this award out of over 130 applicants. The state received the largest allocation of any grantee under this program.

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Gov. Malloy Announces that due to Unprecedented Housing Efforts, State is able to match every Chronically Homeless Individual to Permanent Housing

January 12, 2017
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that with the state’s significantly increased housing efforts over the last few years and focused strategies to end homelessness, the State of Connecticut has reached new record levels and is able to connect every chronically homeless person in the state with permanent housing. Connecticut’s efforts on this front are leading the nation in bringing chronic homelessness to new lows.

This announcement means that the state, in collaboration with its network of nonprofit community providers, has strengthened its housing system to the point that every person who has been verified as being chronically homeless has been matched to permanent housing, and whenever a new episode of chronic homelessness occurs, that person can be matched to housing within 90 days or less.

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Citizens Bank awards CCEH $15,000 for Point-in-Time Count

January 9, 2017
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is pleased to announce that Citizens Bank has awarded a contribution of $15,000 to support the Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a major national event in which volunteers in every state in the country turn out to conduct a one-night count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. This is a one-night activity in which volunteers will meet at one of 20+ locations in Connecticut to canvas an assigned census block or set of census blocks and survey individuals or families experiencing homelessness.

Coordinated in Connecticut by CCEH in partnership with every homeless provider in the state, the Point-in-Time Count fulfills a central need for efforts to end homelessness by fulfilling HUD’s requirement that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons sheltered on a single night, thus providing vital data to guide our efforts while also playing a key role in helping our state secure federal resources toward ending homelessness.

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Help End Youth Homelessness: Join the 2017 Youth Count

December 21, 2016
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting the second statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth ages 13-24 from January 25-January 31, 2017. The 2017 CT Youth Count will provide information essential to our efforts to advance toward the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Volunteers are needed across the state to support this effort.

The success of the 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Please join participate and volunteer. Together, we can end youth homelessness in Connecticut!

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2016 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

December 21, 2016
On National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day we remember our neighbors who have died homeless in the past year. As the first official day of winter, this is the longest night of the year. Advocates, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families, as well as community members often come together in memories of those lost.

Please consider attending a memorial event in your area.

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Severe Weather Protocol Alert: December 15-December 17, 2016

December 15, 2016
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Department of Emergency Services/Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DESPP/ DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong winds, resulting in single digit temperatures with wind chill factors below zero, Thursday night through Saturday morning. The protocol will remain in effect from 4:00 pm Thursday, December 15 until Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 am.

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Join the Effort to End Homelessness with the Upcoming Homeless Census

December 7, 2016
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.

The success of the January 24 Point-in-Time Count and 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Please volunteer your time to show your commitment and build momentum toward ending homelessness. Together, we can bring an end to homelessness in Connecticut.

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CCEH and CT Realtors ask CT to help gift a Paddington bear to a homeless child

November 14, 2016
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.

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Request for Proposals: Connecticut Homeless Services Program

October 27, 2016
The State of Connecticut, Department of Housing (DOH), is seeking proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and municipalities to provide at least one program for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness along the Connecticut continuum of services.

This continuum includes coordinated access services, shelter diversion services, shelter operations, rapid re-housing services, new permanent supportive housing services or youth transitional living programs.

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CCEH and CT REALTORS® Foundation ask CT to hold “bear-raisers” for homeless children

October 25, 2016
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation to launch “be homeful for the holidays”, a special seasonal promotion designed to raise funds to end family homelessness in Connecticut.

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.

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Updated Guidance on Administering the VI-SPDAT

October 17, 2016
Letter from the Department of Housing and the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services on updates to guidance around administering the VI-SPDAT in CAN Assessments and Outreach.

Our thinking regarding Coordinated Access Networks continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and as a national leader in ending chronic homelessness, Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of best practice development. The challenge of being a national leader is that we are constantly learning as we create the system and create best practices. The ability to seek input from other communities nationally is limited, because their systems are not yet as sophisticated.

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Municipalities are Essential Partners in Effort to End Chronic Homelessness

September 14, 2016
Earlier this year Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein reached out to leadership of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities to solicit their support for Zero: 2016, a campaign to end chronic homelessness in Connecticut this year. The city of Manchester responded to the call – Mayor Jay Moran pledged to support the campaign by partnering with local providers and providing a $1,000 donation to the local Zero: 2016 effort.

The Zero: 2016 Campaign is a national initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of this year.

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The 2016 NAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness

August 4, 2016
CCEH staff and colleagues from across Connecticut attended the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. July 26-28.

NAEH leadership highlighted Connecticut’s great work throughout the conference – CCEH staff and colleagues from the Department of Housing and the Partnership for Strong Communities presented in multiple sessions, demonstrating that Connecticut is a leader in the field and that we are advancing the model for ending homelessness. We feature summaries from CCEH highlighting some of the conference’s best sessions on cutting-edge issues of interest in efforts to end homelessness.

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Opening Doors of Fairfield County 2016: Application for New Rapid Rehousing Projects

July 21, 2016
The application has been released by Opening Doors of Fairfield County (ODFC)/CT-503 to solicit proposals for Rapid Rehousing (RRH) for youth 18-24, single adults and/or families to be administered by the CT Department of Housing (CT DOH). Funds will be awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2016 Funds in the Continuum of Care Program Competition, a national competition using the scoring criteria defined in the FY16 NOFA. The ODFC jurisdiction includes three sub-regions.

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Action Alert: Sign On to Increase McKinney Funding & Protect United States Interagency Council on Homelessness!

July 5, 2016
Thanks in large part to your hard work, both chambers of Congress – especially the House – provided significant increases to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in their T-HUD bills. Now, we will need to continue our efforts to ensure that at least the House level is included in the final FY 2017 spending bill. In addition, the existence and capacity of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is threatened, and we will need to work together to defend it.

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Opening Doors of Fairfield County: Request for Proposals

June 3, 2016
Opening Doors of Fairfield County (ODFC) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide time limited strategic planning services for the collaborative. The planning services will include: reviewing information about the collective impact efforts to provide services designed to reduce time spent homeless, end chronic homelessness and provide supportive services for individuals, families, and target groups in crisis in Fairfield County; interviewing or surveying key stakeholders to obtain information on priorities, posting planning meetings to brainstorm about the strategy; and developing a strategic plan draft that includes measurable, timed goals with specific targeted actions to achieve the desired outcomes.

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CT Balance of State Continuum of Care is seeking Applications for New Projects

May 20, 2016
CT Balance of State Continuum of Care (CT BOS) is seeking applications from providers to apply for permanent housing funds, including both permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing. HUD announced that all CoCs may create new projects through the permanent housing bonus up to 15 percent of the CoC’s FPRN. Approximately $4.9M is available in CT BOS for several types of new projects described below, including new permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing programs, through the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA. Applications are due 6/3/16 by 5: 00 pm.

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Zero:2016 Momentum Building Events:
The Push to End Chronic Homelessness is Working

May 18, 2016
Connecticut is within reach of ending chronic homelessness, or the long-term homelessness of those living with severe disabilities, by the end of 2016!

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Partnership for Strong Communities are partnering with homeless service providers across the state to rally for the next big push to achieve this historic milestone. Linda Kaufman, Manager of National Movements from Community Solutions, will be the keynote speaker. Below are the times, dates, and locations for each event to be held this w

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How COVID-19 is Shrinking Connecticut’s Prison Population
CT Mirror | May 2020

COVID-19 Hospitalizations See Largest One-Day Drop Since State Began Tracking
CT Mirror | April 2020

States Move Vulnerable Homeless Populations to Hotels Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
usnews.com | April 2020

Homeless Advocates Get Creative in Keeping Clients Safe During Coronavirus
WSHU | April 2020

Connecticut Shelters Rapidly Moving People to Hotels to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks; Homeless Individual Test Positive in Hartford
Hartford Courant | March 2020

Helping Those Without a Home Becomes Harder In A Time of Isolation 
WNPR | March 2020

Homeless Shelters Prepare for COVID-19; May Use Dorms or State Hospital Property as Space
Fox 61 | March 2020

Homeless Shelters are Especially Vulnerable to COVID-19 Spread, Deaths
CT Mirror | March 2020

CT Coalition to End Homelessness be homeful for the holidays drive raises more than $70,000 to help local families remain housed
Press Release | 2020

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Receives Bezos Day 1 Families Fund Grant
Press Release | 2019

Guilford Secures $350K Grant to Fight Homelessness
Guilford Patch | October 2019

Kamala Harris Introduces Bill to End Homelessness
Housing Wire | October 2019

Change in Disparate Impact Rule Would Jeopardize Housing Security for Most Vulnerable Citizens
HUD | September 2019

New Britain and Other Towns Celebrate Reducing Youth Homelessness
New Britain Herald | September 2019

Atlanta Meets Their $50M Goal to House People Experiencing Homelessness
Atlanta Journal-Constitution | August 2019

Emergency Funds Spent For Hurricane Maria Evacuees
The Hartford Courant | August 2019

The Emerging Crisis of Aged Homelessness Report
University of Pennsylvania | August 2019

Opening Plenary from the NAEH National Conference featuring remarks by Nan Roman
NAEH | 2019

Lunchtime Plenary from Day 2 of the NAEH National Conference featuring remarks from Rep. Lacy Clay (MO-1)
NAEH | 2019

Bristol Celebrates Housing 44 Homeless Youth Through the “Reaching Home Ending Homelessness 100 Day Challenge”
The Bristol Press | 2019

In Rural Areas, Homeless People Are Harder To Find — And To Help
National Public Radio | July 2019

Strengthening Partnerships Between Law Enforcement and Homelessness Services Systems
USICH with the Council of State Governments Justice Center | June 2019

Separated by Design: How Some of America’s Richest Towns Fight Affordable Housing
CT Mirror | May 2019

Governor Lamont Launches Statewide Performance and Results Agenda
Office of the Governor | April 2019

How Ned Lamont’s ‘debt diet’ may slow Connecticut’s progress reducing homelessness
Hartford Courant | April 2019

Lisa Tepper Bates to head state’s housing-transit initiative
The Day | April 2019

Meeting in Brooklyn seeks solution to homelessness
Norwich Bulletin | April 2019

Lamont creates new post to oversee housing and transit development
CT Post | April 2019

Housing Dollars For Puerto Rican Evacuees Could Go Away If Unclaimed
CT Public Radio | April 2019

Annual Homeless Data Shows 10% Fewer People Used Homeless Shelters than in Previous Year, 40% Fewer Since 2012
Press Release | March 2019

CT’s incoming housing commissioner comes from humble beginnings
CT Post | March 2019

Affordable Housing
WSHU Public Radio | March 2019

Housing Crisis Support Still Available for Those Evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria
Press Release | March 2019

New network promises ‘healthier environment’ for LGBTQ community
CT Post | March 2019

Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim looking for funding to help the homeless
News 12 | March 2019

Advocacy Days Preparation Webinar
Action Alert | March 2019

Happy Trails to Brian Roccapriore!
Announcement | March 2019

Starting with Stability: How Denver Is Breaking the Homelessness-Jail Cycle
Urban Institute | March 2019

Op-Ed: On the path to eliminating homelessness
New Haven Register | March 2019

CT Solutions to End Homelessness
Comcast Newsmakers | March 2019

Giving back something more important than a check
Hartford Courant | March 2019

Bill aims to help homeless students access education
News 8 | March 2019

Quinnipiac student makes a historic trek for charity
Fox 61 | March 2019

A $2.5 million federal grant will fund housing and help women coping with addiction, homelessness, mental illness in New Haven
Hartford Courant | March 2019

Groundbreaking initiative launched to help homeless women in New Haven
News 8 | March 2019

’Debt diet’ hits housing too hard
Hartford Courant | March 2019

Advocacy Reminder: Testimony Needed for DSS Hearing
Action Alert | March 4, 2019

Four stories of homelessness in Connecticut, told by those who have lived it
Hartford Courant | February 2019

Feds gift $2.8M to combat CT homelessness, aid domestic violence survivors
Hartford Business Journal | February 2019

Advocacy Action Alert: DMHAS and DSS Hearings
Action Alert | February 28, 2019

A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles
LAist | February 2019

Who’s falling into homelessness, and how: King County hopes better data leads to better help
The Seattle Times | February 2019

Severe Cold Weather Protocol Alert
Announcement | February 25, 2019

Welcome Seila Mosquera-Bruno! New Commissioner of the CT Department of Housing
Announcement | February 2019

Advocacy Action Alert: Appropriations Public Hearings Announced!
Action Alert | February 2019

To Reduce Chronic Homelessness, A Chicago Hospital Is Treating It As A Medical Condition
WBUR | February 2019

Q&A: How Connecticut Matched Its Medicaid and Homelessness Data to Improve Health through Housing
National Academy for State Health Policy | February 2019

106 Area Nonprofits Receive Over $1.3 Million in Grants from Fairfield County’s Community Foundation
Hamlet Hub | February 2019

Warming centers, diversion programs part of addressing homelessness in state
Middletown Press | February 2019

Splash Car Wash customers help raise $4,000 for families facing homelessness
Westfair Communications | February 2019

Homeless Bill Of Rights Sparks Debate
New Haven Independent | February 2019

Panels hears testimony on proposed New Haven homeless bill of rights
New Haven Register | February 2019

Loitering Laws Hit Connecticut’s Most Vulnerable Residents
WNPR | February 2019

Blumenthal, Murphy ask HUD to fully fund nonprofits affected by shutdown
The Day | February 2019

Murphy Announces Regina Moller, Executive Director of Noank Community Support Services in Groton, as his State of the Union Guest 
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Homelessness on campus
CBS News | January 2019

How Finland Solved Homelessness
Huffington Post | January 2019

Plans to get New Haven homeless youth out of the cold
News 8 | January 2019

Hartford police spend frigid night connecting homeless to shelter
Hartford Courant | January 2019

Severe Cold Weather Protocol Alert
Announcement | January 2019

In Between Homes: Michaelle Gonzalez used to be part of the twenty-three percent of youth experiencing homelessness in Connecticut who are LGBTQ+. Now she’s advocating for them.
Yale Daily News | January 2019

A push to end housing discrimination against ex-offenders
CT Mirror | January 2019

Volunteers tackle cold to count, help the homeless
The Day | January 2019

Rep. Michel to Join Constituents in Annual Statewide Homeless Count
NorwalkPlus | January 2019

Severe Cold Weather Protocol Alert
Announcement | January 17, 2019

Coalition to end homelessness raises $75,000
Yale Daily News | January 2019

Greater Hartford saw uptick in homeless deaths last year
Hartford Courant | January 2019

Organization helps thousands of homeless teens in CT
News 3 | January 2019

Connecticut is Conducting Its Annual Census of People Experiencing Homelessness: Volunteers Needed
Press Release | January 2019

Newsmakers: Richard Cho | CEO, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Hartford Business Journal | January 2019

Closing The Door On Homelessness In Connecticut
NPR “Where We Live” | January 2019

New Haven looks to address lack of affordable housing in city, area
New Haven Register | January 2019

Homeless service providers receive $924K in grants from Hartford Foundation of Public Giving
Hartford Courant | January 2019

Murphy meets with agencies tackling teen homelessness in Middletown
The Middletown Press | January 2019

Homelessness can be solved — and we know how to do it
Hartford Courant | December 2018

Milford creates group to find answers to homeless population near library
CT Post | December 2018

Committee wants more housing collaboration
CT Post | December 2018

Paddington gifts are delivered to local homeless shelters as part of the Be Homeful project
WTNH News 8 | December 2018

Fighting the Cycle of Homelessness: Community Groups Help Place New Haven Family in Home for the Holidays
NBC Connecticut | December 2018

Responding to the Recent 2018 HUD Report on Homelessness
CCEH Announcement | December 2018

Hurricane Maria Evacuees Funding Available
CCEH Announcement | December 2018

Hartford Shelters House 178 Households in 100 Days
Press Release | December 2018

State legislators listen to former inmates’ housing challenges
The Day | December 2018

Gov. Malloy: Significant Results Generated in State’s Campaign to End Family Homelessness
Office of Governor Malloy | December 2018

12 Connecticut Schools Raise Awareness of Homelessness
Press Release | December 2018

Collaboration Key to Homelessness Fight: Dr. Richard Cho and Rev. Bonita Grubbs talk about homelessness on The Municipal Voice
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Capitol Watch Podcast: Homelessness is a problem in Connecticut. A Hartford rapper wants to help.
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CT looks to mitigate homelessness
Yale Daily News | December 2018

Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness Weekly #8 Update
Reaching Home Campaign | November 2018

Ellis Tech Students Raise Money For Homeless
Hartford Courant | November 2018

Fewer homeless in Connecticut, data shows, but problems still persist
CT Mirror | November 2018

Gov. Malloy Activates State’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol from Wednesday Afternoon Through Friday Morning
Cold Weather Alert | November 2018

CT nonprofits collaborate on housing solution for domestic violence survivors
Hartford Business Journal | November 2018Access and the Northeast CAN to Hold “Be Homeful” Paddington Bear Crowdrise Campaign Event for the Global #GivingTuesday Movement
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Gov. Malloy Announces $6.5 Million to Provide Housing Opportunities for Youth Experiencing Homelessness
Office of the Governor | November 2018

CCEH board appoints Dr. Richard Cho as next CEO
Press Release | November 2018

Weekly Update #5: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness 
Reaching Home Campaign | November 2018

How to Help a Youth in a Housing Crisis
Infographic | November 2018

Greater Hartford shelters launch campaign to help homeless families
News 3 | November 2018

Officials: US veteran homelessness declines 5 percent
Associated Press | November 2018

CCEH Names New Chief Executive Officer
Announcement | November 2018

Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Begins
Announcement | October 2018

For domestic violence survivors, homelessness can be fear, reality
Chron | October 2018

CCEH to Benefit from Taste for Travel at the Hartford Courant Travel Show
News 8 | October 2018

Weekly Update #3: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness 
Announcement | October 2018

Weekly Update #2: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness 
Announcement | October 2018

School Grants Available – Hunger & Homelessness Week
Announcement | October 2018

CSCU Offers Free Classes to SNAP Enrolled Students
NBC Connecticut | October 2018

Homeless families urged to seek help without fear of losing children
New Haven Register | October 2018

CCEH & CCADV Named “Nonprofit Collaboration of the Year” by the Hartford Business Journal 
Hartford Business Journal | October 2018

Weekly Update #1: Governor’s Challenge on Family Homelessness
Announcement | October 2018

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness announces be homeful holiday competition
Press Release | October 2018

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness launches be homeful for the holidays 2018
Press Release | October 2018

Update on Chronic Homelessness Efforts in Connecticut
Announcement | September 2018

Victories in reducing homelessness provide social services model
The Day | August 2018

Gov. Malloy Announces $61.5 Million to Support Affordable Housing Development in Diverse Communities
Office of the Governor | August 2018

The 100-Day Hartford Housing Challenge Begins!
Announcement | August 2018

Hartford Hospital Heard About This Struggling College Student And Decided To Offer Her A Job
Hartford Courant | August 2018

CCEH Highlight’s from the NAEH 2018 National Conference on Ending Homelessness
Announcement | August 2018

Childcare funds are now available through the Children in Shelters (CIS) program
Announcement | July 2018

Homeless And In College: 17.5 Percent Of CSCU Students Surveyed Have No Permanent Home
Hartford Courant | July 2018

Opening Doors Fairfield County Funding Announcement
Announcement | July 2018

CSCU & CCEH Release Report on Student Housing Insecurity
Press release | July 2018

CT BOS CoC RFP: Domestic Violence & Rapid Re-Housing Due 7/23/18
Announcement | July 2018

The CT Department of Housing announces official definition of “shelter diversion” for the state
Announcement | June 2018

CCADV, CCEH Announce National Model for Collaboratively Housing Domestic Violence Survivors Facing Homelessness
Press release | June 2018

Synchrony Commits $200,000 to Prevent Family Homelessness
Press release | June 2018

Connecticut’s Balance of State Continuum of Care 2018 Project Application Released – Due 6/29/18
Announcement | May 2018

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation commits $10,000 to Hurricane Maria Relief
CT Post | May 2018

Gov. Malloy Announces Record Drop in Homelessness
Office of the Governor | May 2018

2018 Count Shows Continued Success in Connecticut’s Efforts to Combat Homelessness
Press release | May 2018

Annual Training Institute to Unite Communities Against Homelessness
Press release | May 2018

Lisa Tepper Bates to Leave CT Coalition to End Homelessness – Search for New Leadership Soon Underway
Press release | May 2018

Call your Legislators Today
Action Alert | April 2018

Street Medicine: Helping the Homeless Where They Live
Hartford Courant | April 2018

2018 Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days
Press release | April 2018

Call/Email Appropriations Committee Members Today
Action Alert | April 2018

S.B. 6 Will Allocate Community Investment Act (CIA) Funds for Homelessness System Management
Action Alert | March 2018

Advocacy Days Prep Information 
News | February 2018

Annual Homelessness Counts
February 6, 2018
We had great success during the 2018 Youth Count! and the 2018 Point In Time (PIT) Count.

Single Point of Contact (SPOC)
January 18, 2018
A new partnership with the Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness and the Connecticut Colleges and Universities.

2018 Youth Count
December 21, 2017
The 2018 Youth Count will be held from January 24-30, 2018 across the state of Connecticut. You can register to volunteer by using this link.

The 2017 National Alliance to End Homelessness Conference
August 2, 2017
CCEH staff and colleagues from across Connecticut attended the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. July 17-20.

NAEH leadership highlighted Connecticut’s great work throughout the conference – CCEH staff presented in multiple sessions, demonstrating that Connecticut is a leader in the field and that we are advancing the model for ending homelessness.

We feature, below, summaries from CCEH highlighting some of the conference’s best sessions on cutting-edge issues of interest in efforts to end homelessness.


Budget Update: Impact on Housing
June 29, 2017
On Monday, Governor Malloy released a “Resource Allocation Plan,” an executive order that outlines operating expenses for Fiscal Year 2018. Since the legislature did not vote on a state budget by the end of session and legislative leadership at this point is unlikely to vote on a budget, the Resource Allocation plan will go into effect on Saturday, July 1. This means that the state will operate off of FY 2017 budget figures.


15th Annual Conference Celebrates Progress, Plans Next Steps to End Homelessness in Connecticut
May 11, 2017
2017 event turns state focus toward ending family and youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness 15th Annual Training Institute take place May 18, 2017 from 7:45-4:30 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event convenes nearly 400 leaders and practitioners from the field of homelessness, colleagues from government, and philanthropy from across the state. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a champion of efforts to end homelessness, will speak to kick off the event’s lunch.


2017 Count Finds Lowest Levels of Homelessness to Date in Connecticut
May 18, 2017
The January 24th count, coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), showed that overall homelessness in Connecticut is down 13 percent compared to 2016, and down by 24 percent since 2007, the first year the census was conducted statewide. The 2017 count represents the lowest totals ever in a statewide CT PIT Count for individuals, families, veterans, and chronically homeless.  Surveyors identified 3,387 individuals experiencing homelessness (down from 3,902 in 2016,).


15th Annual Conference Celebrates Progress, Plans Next Steps to End Homelessness in Connecticut

May 11, 2017
2017 event turns state focus toward ending family and youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness 15th Annual Training Institute take place May 18, 2017 from 7:45-4:30 at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event convenes nearly 400 leaders and practitioners from the field of homelessness, colleagues from government, and philanthropy from across the state. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a champion of efforts to end homelessness, will speak to kick off the event’s lunch.

The conference will focus on building off of Connecticut’s success in ending veteran homelessness (one of the first two states federally certified for this achievement) and driving down chronic homelessness. Due to coordinated efforts across the state, Connecticut has seen four straight years of declining homelessness. The state’s next goals are to end homelessness among families and youth. Read More[/button]


Severe Cold Weather Protocol Activated: Extension to March 16

March 9, 2017
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

Update: The protocol currently in effect, which began 5 pm on Friday, March 10, is now being extended until 8 am Thursday, March 16. Read More[/button]


Synchrony Financial Invests to End Family Homelessness

February 16, 2017
The Synchrony FinancialFamilies That Work program has made a generous grant of $200,000 to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’s be homeful project to prevent the homelessness of families in Fairfield County.

Stamford-based Synchrony Financial’s commitment is expected to prevent approximately 100 families in Fairfield County from becoming homeless this year, a figure which represents approximately half of the families that enter the shelter system each year in Fairfield County. The grant will include critically-needed emergency assistance funds that frontline workers in the region can access to help families seeking shelter stay in their homes. Read More[/button]


Advocacy Action Alert: Help us Defend 8-30g!

February 13, 2017
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. Read More[/button]


Severe Cold Weather Protocol Activated

February 9, 2017
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong wind gusts, resulting in negative wind chill factors, from this evening through the day tomorrow. The current protocol will be in effect from 5 pm today, February 9, until tomorrow, Friday February 10 at 5 pm. Read More[/button]


Microsoft, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Team Up to Count Connecticut’s Homeless Youth

January 19, 2017
Technology giant builds app to help CT assess the scope of youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting a statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth (ages 13-24) from January 25 to January 31, and Microsoft is helping.

Through an app built by a team at Microsoft and Hartford-based technology services provider Nutmeg Consulting, CCEH volunteers will be able to complete a survey on smartphones with youth facing homelessness. Microsoft and Nutmeg donated their employees’ time to create the app using Microsoft Azure cloud and Xamarin, a new Microsoft product that delivers a native application on Windows, Android, and iOS environments. Read More[/button]


Gov. Malloy and Congressional Delegation Announce $6.6 Million Federal Grant to Help End Youth Homelessness

January 13, 2017
Governor Dannel P. Malloy and the members of Connecticut’s Congressional delegation today announced that the State of Connecticut is receiving a $6.6 million federal grant to help support the state’s goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020.

The award, which comes from the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program, will be utilized to create new and innovative housing with support service programs to serve youth experiencing homelessness. Connecticut was one of only ten communities in the country selected by HUD to receive this award out of over 130 applicants. The state received the largest allocation of any grantee under this program. Read More[/button]


Gov. Malloy Announces that due to Unprecedented Housing Efforts, State is able to match every Chronically Homeless Individual to Permanent Housing

January 12, 2017
Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that with the state’s significantly increased housing efforts over the last few years and focused strategies to end homelessness, the State of Connecticut has reached new record levels and is able to connect every chronically homeless person in the state with permanent housing. Connecticut’s efforts on this front are leading the nation in bringing chronic homelessness to new lows.

This announcement means that the state, in collaboration with its network of nonprofit community providers, has strengthened its housing system to the point that every person who has been verified as being chronically homeless has been matched to permanent housing, and whenever a new episode of chronic homelessness occurs, that person can be matched to housing within 90 days or less. Read More[/button]


Citizens Bank awards CCEH $15,000 for Point-in-Time Count

January 9, 2017
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is pleased to announce that Citizens Bank has awarded a contribution of $15,000 to support the Point-in-Time Count. The Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is a major national event in which volunteers in every state in the country turn out to conduct a one-night count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless persons. This is a one-night activity in which volunteers will meet at one of 20+ locations in Connecticut to canvas an assigned census block or set of census blocks and survey individuals or families experiencing homelessness.

Coordinated in Connecticut by CCEH in partnership with every homeless provider in the state, the Point-in-Time Count fulfills a central need for efforts to end homelessness by fulfilling HUD’s requirement that Continuums of Care conduct an annual count of homeless persons sheltered on a single night, thus providing vital data to guide our efforts while also playing a key role in helping our state secure federal resources toward ending homelessness. Read More[/button]


Help End Youth Homelessness: Join the 2017 Youth Count

December 21, 2016
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting the second statewide count of unstably housed and homeless youth ages 13-24 from January 25-January 31, 2017. The 2017 CT Youth Count will provide information essential to our efforts to advance toward the goal of ending youth homelessness by 2020. Volunteers are needed across the state to support this effort.

The success of the 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Please join participate and volunteer. Together, we can end youth homelessness in Connecticut! Read More[/button]


2016 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day

December 21, 2016
On National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day we remember our neighbors who have died homeless in the past year. As the first official day of winter, this is the longest night of the year. Advocates, service providers, homeless and formerly homeless individuals and families, as well as community members often come together in memories of those lost.

Please consider attending a memorial event in your area. Read More[/button]


Severe Weather Protocol Alert: December 15-December 17, 2016

December 15, 2016
At the direction of Governor Dannel P. Malloy, the Department of Emergency Services/Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DESPP/ DEMHS), Department of Housing (DOH), Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), and the Department of Social Services (DSS), United Way 2-1-1, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and other partners are implementing the severe cold weather protocol to ensure adequate shelter space during the severe cold weather.

The protocol is being activated as a result of the forecasted bitter cold temperatures and strong winds, resulting in single digit temperatures with wind chill factors below zero, Thursday night through Saturday morning. The protocol will remain in effect from 4:00 pm Thursday, December 15 until Saturday, December 17 at 10:00 am. Read More[/button]


Join the Effort to End Homelessness with the Upcoming Homeless Census

December 7, 2016
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.

The success of the January 24 Point-in-Time Count and 2017 CT Youth Count depends on the participation of volunteers. Please volunteer your time to show your commitment and build momentum toward ending homelessness. Together, we can bring an end to homelessness in Connecticut. Read More[/button]


CCEH and CT Realtors ask CT to help gift a Paddington bear to a homeless child

November 14, 2016
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. Read More


Request for Proposals: Connecticut Homeless Services Program

October 27, 2016
The State of Connecticut, Department of Housing (DOH), is seeking proposals from eligible 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations and municipalities to provide at least one program for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness along the Connecticut continuum of services.

This continuum includes coordinated access services, shelter diversion services, shelter operations, rapid re-housing services, new permanent supportive housing services or youth transitional living programs. Read More


CCEH and CT REALTORS® Foundation ask CT to hold “bear-raisers” for homeless children

October 25, 2016
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) is proud to announce a new partnership with the Connecticut REALTORS® Foundation to launch “be homeful for the holidays”, a special seasonal promotion designed to raise funds to end family homelessness in Connecticut.

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. Read More


Updated Guidance on Administering the VI-SPDAT

October 17, 2016
Letter from the Department of Housing and the Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services on updates to guidance around administering the VI-SPDAT in CAN Assessments and Outreach.

Our thinking regarding Coordinated Access Networks continues to evolve at a rapid pace, and as a national leader in ending chronic homelessness, Connecticut continues to be on the cutting edge of best practice development. The challenge of being a national leader is that we are constantly learning as we create the system and create best practices. The ability to seek input from other communities nationally is limited, because their systems are not yet as sophisticated. Read More


Municipalities are Essential Partners in Effort to End Chronic Homelessness

September 14, 2016
Earlier this year Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein reached out to leadership of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities to solicit their support for Zero: 2016, a campaign to end chronic homelessness in Connecticut this year. The city of Manchester responded to the call – Mayor Jay Moran pledged to support the campaign by partnering with local providers and providing a $1,000 donation to the local Zero: 2016 effort.

The Zero: 2016 Campaign is a national initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of this year. Read More


The 2016 NAEH National Conference on Ending Homelessness

August 4, 2016
CCEH staff and colleagues from across Connecticut attended the National Alliance to End Homelessness Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. July 26-28.

NAEH leadership highlighted Connecticut’s great work throughout the conference – CCEH staff and colleagues from the Department of Housing and the Partnership for Strong Communities presented in multiple sessions, demonstrating that Connecticut is a leader in the field and that we are advancing the model for ending homelessness. We feature summaries from CCEH highlighting some of the conference’s best sessions on cutting-edge issues of interest in efforts to end homelessness. Read More


Opening Doors of Fairfield County 2016: Application for New Rapid Rehousing Projects

July 21, 2016
The application has been released by Opening Doors of Fairfield County (ODFC)/CT-503 to solicit proposals for Rapid Rehousing (RRH) for youth 18-24, single adults and/or families to be administered by the CT Department of Housing (CT DOH). Funds will be awarded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the 2016 Funds in the Continuum of Care Program Competition, a national competition using the scoring criteria defined in the FY16 NOFA. The ODFC jurisdiction includes three sub-regions. Read More


Action Alert: Sign On to Increase McKinney Funding & Protect United States Interagency Council on Homelessness!

July 5, 2016
Thanks in large part to your hard work, both chambers of Congress – especially the House – provided significant increases to the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Grants program in their T-HUD bills. Now, we will need to continue our efforts to ensure that at least the House level is included in the final FY 2017 spending bill. In addition, the existence and capacity of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is threatened, and we will need to work together to defend it. Read More


Opening Doors of Fairfield County: Request for Proposals

June 3, 2016
Opening Doors of Fairfield County (ODFC) is seeking proposals from qualified consultants to provide time limited strategic planning services for the collaborative. The planning services will include: reviewing information about the collective impact efforts to provide services designed to reduce time spent homeless, end chronic homelessness and provide supportive services for individuals, families, and target groups in crisis in Fairfield County; interviewing or surveying key stakeholders to obtain information on priorities, posting planning meetings to brainstorm about the strategy; and developing a strategic plan draft that includes measurable, timed goals with specific targeted actions to achieve the desired outcomes. Read More


CT Balance of State Continuum of Care is seeking Applications for New Projects

May 20, 2016
CT Balance of State Continuum of Care (CT BOS) is seeking applications from providers to apply for permanent housing funds, including both permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing. HUD announced that all CoCs may create new projects through the permanent housing bonus up to 15 percent of the CoC’s FPRN. Approximately $4.9M is available in CT BOS for several types of new projects described below, including new permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing programs, through the FY 2016 CoC Program Competition NOFA. Applications are due 6/3/16 by 5: 00 pm. Read More


Zero:2016 Momentum Building Events:
The Push to End Chronic Homelessness is Working

May 18, 2016
Connecticut is within reach of ending chronic homelessness, or the long-term homelessness of those living with severe disabilities, by the end of 2016!

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Partnership for Strong Communities are partnering with homeless service providers across the state to rally for the next big push to achieve this historic milestone. Linda Kaufman, Manager of National Movements from Community Solutions, will be the keynote speaker. Below are the times, dates, and locations for each event to be held this w

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.

Speaker:
Brian Preleski
Connecticut State's Attorney

Colleges and Universities

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

Panelist:
Stacey Havlik
Associate Professor
Villanova University

 

Disabilities and Homelessness

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

Panelists:
Kathy Flaherty
Connecticut Legal Rights Project

 

KEYNOTE: COVID-19, Systemic Racism, and Homelessness

People of color are facing the trifecta as COVID's impact converge with racial disparities and the economy as a whole.

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

 

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.

Panelists:
Dr. Carolyn Hanesworth
Assistant Professor
Mercy College

Jessica Kubicki
Supportive Housing WORKS

 

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.

Panelist:
Marina Marmolejo
Executive Director
DreamKit

Tim Maguire
Youth Continuum

 

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.

Panelist:
Alyssa Norwood
Program Manager
Sustainable CT

 

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.

Panelist:
Kasey Harding
Community Health Center

Linda Casey
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

 

KEYNOTE: Crisis in the Rental Market

What trends have we been seeing in the country’s rental market and how is the current crisis setting the stage for increased homelessness? Join us for a discussion about the economy and its implications for work to end homelessness.

Speaker:
Dr. Cheryl Young
Senior Economist
Zillow

Ann Oliva
Center for Budget and Policy

Jill Khadduri
Abt Associates

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.

Panelists:
Aubrey Lee Minkler
Community Services Coordinator
City of Bristol

Officer Ryan Gotowala
City of Bristol

Lori Walling
Assistant Program Director
CHD

Officer Michael DiGiovancarlo
City of Waterbury

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.

Panelists:
Bishop John Selders
Moral Monday CT

AJ Johnson
Urban Hope Refuge Church

KEYNOTE: Housing as a Right

Connecticut, national, and international leaders discuss the idea of Housing as a Fundamental Human Right.

Speaker:
Leilani Farha
CEO
The Shift

Representative Jahana Hayes
U.S. House of Representatives

State Senator Saud Anwar
Connecticut State Legislature

Can they do that? Understanding and Protecting Tenant 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.

Panelists:

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

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.

Keynote:
Nan Roman
President and CEO
National Alliance to End Homelessness

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.

Panelist:

Louis Tallarita
Education Consultant
CT Department of Education

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.

Panelists:
Joseph DeLong
CEO
Connecticut Conference on Municipalities

Mayor Erin Stewart
City of New Britain

Mayor Benjamin Blake
City of Milford

 

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.

Facilitator:
David Gonzalez Rice
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

 

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.

Panelists:
Matt McDermott
CONECT

 

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.

Speaker:
Robert Plant
Beacon Health Options

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.

Panelists:
Kelly Balthazor
PetSmart Charities

Garrett Parsons
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati

Theresa Geary
Connecticut Humane Society

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.

Presenter:
Tanya Barrett
United Way of Connecticut

Shutting the Revolving Door

Hear from state legislators and experts on innovative approaches our state is taking to ensure that clients leaving the prison system are able to re-enter society with stable housing.

Panelists:
TBA

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

Come hear national-level speakers explore how we as a society can do better by clients re-entering society.

Moderator:
Kelan Lyons
CT Mirror

Panelists:
Donal 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

Training: Shelter Diversion

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

Speaker:
Marcy Thompson
ICF

Family Homelessness

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

Panelists:
TBA

Eliminating Shelter Waitlists

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

Panelist:
Kay Moshier McDivitt
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
National Alliance to End Homelessness

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.

Panelist:
Adam Sendroff
Town of Hamden

 

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.

Panelists:
Matt McDermott
CONECT

 

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.

Speaker:
Jerry Jones
National Field Director
National Alliance to End Homelessness

 

Youth Homelessness

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

Panelist:
Omar McDew
New Britain High School

 

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.

Speaker:
TBA

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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.

Louis Tallarita

Education Consultant

Connecticut Department of Education

Louis Tallarita, LMSW is an Education Consultant with the Connecticut State Department of Education and currently serves as the McKinney-Vento State Coordinator for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth program.

Jill Khadduri

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

Abt Associates

Jill Khadduri is a principal associate at Abt Associates, where she conducts research on housing policy and homelessness. She is coauthor, with Marybeth Shinn, of In the Midst of Plenty: Homelessness and What to Do About It (Wiley Blackwell 2020). Founding director of the Center for Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness, Dr. Khadduri is a member of the research council of the National Alliance to End Homelessness and co-principal investigator for the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). Before coming to Abt Associates, she directed the Policy Development Division in HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research.

Representative Brandon McGee

State Representative

Connecticut State Legislature

Representative Brandon L. McGee Jr., community activist and architect of social solutions for the people of Connecticut, is serving his fourth term representing areas of Windsor and Hartford. Brandon is the House chairman of the legislature's Housing Committee and the chairman of the Black and Puerto Rican Caucus.

Marcy Thompson

Homeless Services

ICF

Marcy Thompson leads the Homeless Services practice at ICF and has more than 17 years of experience in the homelessness services and policy field. In her current role, Ms. Thompson leads a team of expert consultants and technical assistance providers in helping to support communities around the country with system change efforts, implementation of coordinated entry, and increasing program and system capacity to create more effective homelessness response systems. Ms. Thompson also works closely with HUD and it’s federal partners to develop policy guidance and tools on topics such as problem solving strategies and diversion. Prior to coming to ICF, Ms. Thompson was at HUD for more than a decade and most recently served as a Senior Advisor on homelessness and special needs populations at HUD.

Fionnuala Darby-Hudgens

Director of Operations

The Connecticut Fair Housing Center

Ms. Darby-Hudgens returned to the Center in 2017. She has spent her professional career with the goal of pursuing meaningful, social justice work, with a focus on civil rights advocacy. At the Center, she promotes an awareness of fair housing issues across the state and works to help Connecticut residents advocate for their own fair housing rights. Finn’s research on exclusionary zoning and fair housing policies past and present history have been published in many formats, and contribute to her expertise in Connecticut’s land use policies. She earned her B.A. from Trinity College and her M.P.A. from the University of Connecticut.

Anderson Curtis

Smart Justice Field Organizer

American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut

Anderson Curtis serves as a Smart Justice field organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union of Connecticut (ACLU-CT). In his role, Anderson is tasked with mobilizing and expanding the ACLU Smart Justice Connecticut campaign through strategic public engagement, identification, education, and recruitment of supports and volunteers to participate in ending mass incarceration in Connecticut. Anderson is a proud alumnus of Gateway Community College Drug and Alcohol Recovery Counselor (DARC) and was the DARC 2009 Student of the Year. He recently completed the Community Foundation of New Haven’s Neighborhood Leadership program. Anderson developed Life Support, which is a Pilot program funded by Community Foundation and an extension of his mentoring of men on parole, helping them navigate their reentry. After 12 years of seeking paths of healing and freedom, Anderson lives with hope and dignity, despite barriers to employment and housing from the collateral consequences of incarceration, by being a voice for the unheard and uninvited.

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.

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.

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.

Jessica Labrencis

Attorney

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.

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.

Kelly Balthazor

Regional Relationship Manager

PetSmart

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.

Alyssa Norwood

Program Manager

Sustainable CT

Alyssa manages the certification process and data analysis, oversees action development and revision, and provides legal counsel to Sustainable CT, a voluntary certification program to accelerate municipal sustainability actions. Alyssa earned her Juris Doctor with honors and her Master of Public Health Degree in Health Law and Policy from the University of Connecticut. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Biology from Harvard University. She formerly served as Project Manager for Connecticut’s Legislative Commission on Aging, where she led the state’s livable communities initiative and served as a policy expert on wide-ranging health, planning and zoning, transportation and housing issues. Alyssa has also worked for the Connecticut Association of Directors of Health and the Connecticut Health Foundation. She began her career as an attorney at the law firm of Robinson and Cole.

Marina Marmolejo

Master of Public Health

DreamKit

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.

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.

Saud Anwar

Connecticut State Senator

State Senator Saud Anwar was elected in February 2019 to represent the residents of the 3rd State Senate District towns of East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington and South Windsor. Saud was first elected to public office in 2011 as a member of South Windsor’s Town Council. He has served two terms as South Windsor mayor, once from 2013 to 2015 and once from 2017 to 2019. Saud is a medical doctor with specializations in treating lung diseases and critical care medicine, occupational and environmental medicine. He currently serves as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals. Saud was trained in pulmonary and critical care medicine at, and holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health from, Yale University.

Jerry Jones

National Field Director

National Alliance to End Homelessness 

Jerry Jones is the National Field Director at the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He is the former Executive Director of the National Coalition for the Homeless and served on the senior staff of the Center for Community Change for ten years. Other past roles include National Director of Project Vote and Policy Director at the Inner City Law Center. For four years prior to joining the Alliance’s staff, Jerry coordinated the Provider Alliance of 75 organizations providing services and housing to people experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. His experience includes field mobilization and grassroots policy campaigns.

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.

Dr. Cheryl Young

Senior Economist

Zillow

Prior to joining Zillow Group, Dr. Young was a consultant with the World Bank’s Urban Development Unit. She has also served as an associate with Bankable Frontier Associates’ housing finance practice, led a housing research program at the Centre for Development Finance—a think-tank in India and was a project manager for New York City’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Cheryl holds a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley, a Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Columbia University. She currently serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation.

Kathleen Harding

Director of The Center for Key Populations

Community Health Center, Inc

Ms. Harding has been an employee at Community Health Center, Inc. for fourteen years. She began her career at CHCI as the Director of the HRSA funded Ryan White Program providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS care for individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Over the last ten years, Ms. Harding has diversified the portfolio of the Center for Key Populations by assuming administrative and programmatic responsibility for the Healthcare for the Homeless Program (WYA), Early Childhood Programs, Migrant Farm Worker Programs, CT Strong Adolescent Program, Hepatitis C Programs, Substance Use Disorder Programs, LGBTQ Health Initiatives and Health Advocacy Programs. Ms. Harding was also responsible for the development and implementation of new HIV Prevention Programs and the initiation of CHCI’s Centers for Disease Control funded PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) Program. All of these programs are designed to respond to the needs of vulnerable populations that experience disparities in health coverage and engage them in comprehensive healthcare services. Most recently, Ms. Harding has been a leader in the establishment of CHCI’s Weitzman Learning Academy, offering webinars, one on one coaching and custom site visits to assist agencies in implementing funding related to Substance Use Disorder Services, HIV, homeless programs, programs for the recently incarcerated and other key services.

Amy Eppler-Epstein

Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law

Yale Law School

Amy Eppler-Epstein is a Visiting Clinical Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School. She has been a staff attorney at New Haven Legal Assistance since 1986, focusing primarily on housing law, with forays into family law/domestic violence, immigration, and re-entry work. Over the years she has argued before the CT Supreme Court to establish a right to shelter under the state constitution; advocated with nationwide impact to protect the rights of tenants post foreclosure; won a $2.845 million judgment in fair housing litigation in federal court; created a coalition to reform CT’s sex offender registration laws; developed a pro se DACA (deferred action for childhood arrivals) clinic to help immigrant youth; created an innovative method of legal services delivery through a school-based clinic; and litigated to protect licensed home day care providers from eviction.

Robert Plant

Clinical Psychologist

Beacon Health Options

Robert W. Plant, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his masters and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Rochester and completed psychology fellowships at Yale University Medical School. Dr. Plant is the Senior Vice President for Analytics and Innovation at Beacon Health Options and has held various positions overseeing behavioral health programs and statewide systems for the State of Connecticut and various private non-profit organizations. At present Dr. Plant is leading analyses of the homeless population and their service needs in conjunction with the Department of Social Services CHESS Initiative and The Governor’s Task Force on Housing and Supports for Vulnerable Populations. Professional and research interests include self-determination theory, social determinants of health, real-world implementation of evidence based practice, measurement based care, health equity, treatment of opioid use disorders and research using “big” data. Recent Publications include the Handbook of Adolescent Behavior Problems (Gullotta, Plant, & Evans, Springer, 2015), “Impact of Mobile Crisis Services on Emergency Department Use Among Youths with Behavioral Health Service Needs” and “A Pay-for-Performance Initiative to Reduce Pediatric Psychiatric Inpatient Length of Stay” (both in Psychiatric Services). Dr. Plant is a frequent lecturer and presenter at local and national conferences.

Timothy Maguire

Director of Housing Operations

Youth Continuum

Tim Maguire, M.S., M.S.W. completed his undergraduate studies at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY. In 2005, he was awarded a B.S. for a dual major of psychology and criminal justice, with a minor in Spanish. In 2007, he completed his M.S. at the University of New Haven in Connecticut with a degree in criminal justice, concentrating in forensic psychology and victimology. Mr. Maguire recently completed his second master’s degree, an M.S.W. from Fordham University in the Spring of 2020. He has been previously employed as a juvenile probation clinician with a Connecticut Court Support Service Division program, and during his 13 years working with Youth Continuum has been a group home resident advisor, the Work to Learn Program Coordinator for youth in the criminal justice system, and a case manager for youth in housing. Currently, Mr. Maguire is Youth Continuum’s Director of Housing Operations, overseeing the agency’s CAN/Navigation systems, shelter and housing programs for housing unstable youth, DCF housing programs, and YC’s Youth Action Board. In his role, he manages a team of approximately 30 staff, including housing coordinators, youth navigators, case managers, life skills specialists, resident advisors and the Youth Action Board Coordinator. In 2019, he was awarded the Community Advocate of the Year by Yale University for his work with youth in New Haven, and is currently the chairperson of the Greater New Haven Youth Engagement Team Initiative (YETI).

Donal Whitehead Jr

Executive Director

National Coalition for the Homeless

Donald Hugh Whitehead Jr. is recognized as a leading expert on homelessness, having served as the Executive Director of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, Assistant Director at St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore, Program Director at Ohio Valley Goodwill, Grant Manager at Goodwill of Greater Washington and Director of Communications at Greenpeace Ohio. Donald served two terms as President of the Board of Directors for the National Coalition for the Homeless, two terms on the Board of Directors for Faces and Voices of Recovery and two terms on the Georgetown Center for Cultural Competency.

Joe DeLong

Executive Director & CEO

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities

Joe DeLong is CCM's Executive Director & CEO. He received his Master of Business Administration from West Virginia University (WVU). While attending WVU he was a standout athlete on the football team and helped the Mountaineers to
an undefeated regular season in 1993.
Prior to joining CCM in April 2015, DeLong spent time as a State House Majority Leader and the Chief Executive of a $100 million public/private corporation.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Reverend Doctor John L. Selders

Minister

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.

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.

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.

Bobby Watts

Chief Executive Officer

National Health Care for the Homeless Council 

Bobby Watts is the CEO of the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, which supports the 300 Health Care for the Homeless Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) programs and 100 Medical Respite programs with training, technical assistance, policy analysis and advocacy to end homelessness. Bobby has more than 25 years’ experience in administration, direct service, and implementation of homeless health services. He served as the executive director of New York City’s Care for the Homeless from 2005-2017. Under his tenure, the FQHC agency tripled in size, added major programs and initiatives –including a shelter for 200 mentally ill and medically frail women and became licensed as a Diagnostic and Treatment Center in New York State. He has served on numerous boards, governmental task forces, and workgroups, and as an inaugural member of the NYS Interagency Council on Homelessness, where he co-chaired its Health Committee. He is a graduate of Cornell University and Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health where he earned a Master’s in Public Health in health administration and an M.S. in epidemiology. He also has a Certificate of Theological Studies from Alliance Theological Seminary in Nyack, NY.