Connecticut homelessness is down 10 percent

We know this because the annual Point-In-Time count says so. Taken earlier this year, the PIT numbers¬† just got crunched, and they are — in a lame word —¬† encouraging. I’ve been hanging around policy types for too long to use words like “awesome” or “fabulous,” though those are the words that seem a better …

So someone offered to take Sal to a Mets game

Sal Pinna was homeless for 20 years, and then, through the efforts of advocates in Greater Hartford’s 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness, he was housed in late April. I wrote about him for Sunday’s Courant and I’ve been reporting his story for WNPR for a few months now (the latest installment will air this …

Can you help a sister out?

This is a picture of what was once a perfectly respectable garage owned by my friend, Sara Capen Salomons, one of the movers and shakers behind Great Hartford’s 100-day challenge to greatly reduced the number of people who are chronically homeless. As people get housed — and they are getting housed at a pace you …

Sal slept in his home last night

So Sal Pinna, who has been homeless for 20 years, got the key to his first apartment yesterday. I’ll share more later, but if you want to know what the 100-day challenge to end chronic homelessness is all about, this is it. Getting at least 100 Sals into permanent homes with all the services they …

Want to be a part of the 100-day challenge?

Talk to your clergy. In Greater Hartford’s 100-day challenge to house 100 chronically homeless people, consider what that means. That’s 100 people — at least — who are moving into apartments with nothing more than what they’ve carried on their backs. Pictured just above is Sal Pinna. He’s one of the people who’s about to …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

Tomorrow, I’m on WNPR’s “Where We Live” talking about the 100-day challenge to greatly reduce chronic homelessness in the Hartford area, with Nathan Fox, Hartford’s Center Church Warburton director of outreach, and one of those young movers-and-shakers who one day will rule the world — but in a good way. The show starts at 9 …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…Sara Salomons, development consultant at Journey Home and I are on WNPR’s “Where We Live.” We’re talking about the 100-day challenge to greatly reduce chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford. Part of that story is Sal Pinna (pictured) and his quest for a Social Security card — a must in order for him to get housed. …

The 100-day challenge begins in Hartford

Some dedicated folks just spent the last two days writing goals in the 100-day challenge to reduce chronic homelessness in greater Hartford. The challenges are to the left. (If it helps? No. 3 has to do with the coordinated access system in Connecticut, which requires someone with a housing crisis to call 211. That gets …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…I’m on WNPR’s “Where We Live” tomorrow at 9 a.m., talking about today’s Point In Time homeless census, the upcoming 100-day challenge, and homelessness in Connecticut with Lisa Tepper Bates of Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, and Matthew Morgan, of Journey Home. Listen! Call in! Heckle!

It’s frigid cold outside and I’m wondering about Sal

I met Sal a few years ago, when I first taught a class at Rabbi Donna Berman’s genius Beat of the Street Center for Creative Learning. The class was on news writing, and was meant to augment what the journalists who were or had experienced homelessness were already doing very well with Hartford’s street newspaper, …