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A plan to end chronic homelessness in CT

Homeless-and-ColdOn 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 Coordinated Access Networks (CANs) will develop goals and action plans to end chronic homelessness in Connecticut. So far this year, the CANs, along with their partners, have helped house more than 300 people who are chronically homeless.

“For the first time, our communities have been able to develop lists, by name, of all the people experiencing homelessness,” said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

The workshops will be run by the Rapid Results Institute, developers of the “100 Day Challenge” approach, who continue to provide support to Connecticut agencies in this process.

 

 

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

indexJourney 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 to help fund this organization’s efforts to prevent and end homelessness. (If you’ll remember, Journey Home did a lot of heavy lifting during Connecticut’s recent 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness.

Want to end homelessness?

IMG_6044Give away homes.

I wrote this for The Guardian.

That’s Shannon, Cookie (the dog) and Boogie, in their new apartment, thanks to the good efforts of some activists, advocates, and others during the 100-day challenge.

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

hc-sal-pinna-celebrates-end-of-two-decades-of--004Watch 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 morning after he moved in. It is now fully furnished. It is home. That’s how the 100-day challenge went for 600 or so people, statewide. Awesome.

They. Did it. And more.

IMG_5854The 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. Altogether, more than 140 agencies and providers worked with 85 percent of the state’s homeless population and what they did was pretty spectacular.

You can hear more about it on WNPR‘s “Where We Live” at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, where we’ll catch you up on what happened. You can also hear Sal Pinna make his radio debut. If you’ll remember, Sal was recently housed after 20 years on the street. That’s Sal in the picture, performing at the Charter Oak Cultural Center’s Center for Creative Learning graduation in May. And then when the ceremony was finished? Sal went home. Home!

There will also be a noon project wrap-up on Wednesday at Community Renewal Team Inc., 555 Windsor Street, Hartford. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will be there as well. Advocates will also talk about how to sustain this momentum, so that the spirit of the 100-day challenge continues.

So these numbers may get updated there, but so far, because of the 100-day challenge:

  • More than 180 highly vulnerable and long homeless individuals were housed in New Haven
  • More than 120 individuals and families in Fairfield County were housed and another 80 were matched to housing
  • Nearly 50 chronically homeless individuals in Greater Hartford were housed and another 46 were matched to housing
  • More than 60 individuals in New London County were housed
  • Nearly 50 individuals and families in Windham County were housed

I know. Right? Do listen. And call in. And heckle. But remember that the people who did all the work during this 100-day challenge have worked incredible hours and done the impossible. If you see one of them, buy them a beer. Or a pony.

 

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,IMG_5854 who is making his radio debut. If you’ll remember, Sal [pictured at a recent performance at Charter Oak Cultural Center] was recently housed after 20 years on the street.

This is the last week of the 100-day challenge

Since March, actSalPinnaHuggingSaraCapenSalomonsivists, 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 call their own.

The numbers look good — incredible, in fact.

We’ll catch you up on how things turned out on WNPR’s “Where We Live” at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, June 23. You can listen here.

Guests will include Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Matt Morgan, executive director of Journey Home (the 100-day lead agency) and none other than Sal Pinna, a man who was recently housed after 20 years on the streets. (That’s him hugging Sara Capen Salomons, of Journey Home, the day he found out he got an apartment.)

Understand that the 100-day challenge may end, but the work goes on. During this time, a new emergency response system has been formed. Barriers have been torn down. It is a brand new day and a brand new system.

Call in! Listen! Heckle!