A plan to end chronic homelessness in CT

On Wednesday, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and others will speak at the Zero: 2016 CT Summit to kick off Connecticut’s strategic plan to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Connecticut is one of only four states to participate in the national Zero: 2016 initiative organized by Community Solutions. At the summit, teams from Connecticut’s …

Free dinner for those in need in Bushnell Park on Aug. 30

Journey Home and Arugula Bistro in West Hartford, Salute Restaurant in Hartford, Whole Foods Market West Hartford, and Starbucks Coffee are providing free meals to people in need in Hartford’s Bushnell Park, starting at 5 p.m. Here’s where you come in: Donate $25 (or more!) to  Journey Home to buy a meal for someone, and …

So how’d the 100-day challenge go statewide?

Watch this video and catch yourself up. In short? It. Was. Awesome. That picture is of Sal Pinna, recently housed through the 100-day effort after 20 years of homelessness, most of those spent in Hartford. He’s hugging Sara Capen Sal0mons, of Journey Home, whom I am proud to call my friend. That’s Sal’s apartment, the …

They. Did it. And more.

The dedicated team that worked on the Greater Hartford 100-day challenge to reduce chronic homelessness moved heaven and earth and did some amazing things — but not just in Greater Hartford. There were similar efforts in Fairfield County, southeastern Connecticut and northeastern Connecticut. This in addition to the original effort in New Haven last year. …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…there’s a wrap-up of the 100-day challenge to greatly reduce chronic homelessness in the state on WNPR‘s “Where We Live” at 9 a.m. on Tuesday. Better yet, the story will include Sal Pinna, who is making his radio debut. If you’ll remember, Sal [pictured at a recent performance at Charter Oak Cultural Center] was recently …

This is the last week of the 100-day challenge

Since March, activists, advocates, policy makers, legislators, and folks who want to do something awesome have devoted the last 100 days to open 100 homes for people who desperately need them. People have put in insane hours and moved insurmountable mountains to make sure people like Sal, Jack, and Shannon now have a place to …

Helping recently-housed people-who-were-homeless get housed

The 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford is going great guns, but handing people a key is different from getting them settled. Sara Capen Salomons, my friend at Journey Home, is looking for people to help with household goods. Can you help? I wrote this for Mother Courant.

Hartford to begin a municipal id program

Joining cities like San Francisco, New York, and our own New Haven (see former Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.’s card over there?), Connecticut’s capital city is set to start their own municipal identification program in September. Yesterday, I spoke with Mayor Pedro Segarra about this for a story for WNPR that will run later this month. …

Working together overcomes hate

This is an interesting Relevant article about faith groups coming together to overcome a common challenge — say, ebola. What if we approached homelessness the same way? What if faith groups put aside their beefs and their gigantic egos (Lord, those egos) and their “we’ve already tried that” and their “we’re doing that already” to …