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 …

Sal gets his normal life

That’s what he called it, Sal Pinna, a man who’d been homeless for 20 years. He called the life the rest of us live a normal life, which meant — for him — a kitchen and a television and a door he could lock behind him. Oh, and a television not ruled by other shelter …

So I went to the Annual Training Institute for CCEH yesterday

That’s CT Coalition to End Homelessness, to you. I’m on the board, and I got there late because I was recording a show for Monday’s “Where We Live” on — yes! — homelessness. Want to hear what we call homelessness is actually a rather recent construct? You can listen here, come 9 a.m. Monday. Click …

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 …

In which Jesus is crucified

Yesterday, listeners to WNPR’s “Where We Live” heard Sara Salomons, Journey Home development consultant and a great friend of mine, talk about recent efforts in Connecticut to end chronic homelessness. They also heard about Sal Pinna, a man I met in a class I taught some¬† years back. He’s been homeless for 20 years, since …

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. …

If you’ve nothing better to do…

…I have a story running on WNPR’s “Where We Live” starting around 9:30 a.m. Thursday. You can listen here. The story is the second in a series of four stories on Greater Hartford’s 100-day challenge to reduce chronic homelessness, and explores the rather surprising (and recent) history of homelessness in Connecticut, and catches listeners up …

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 here. The PIT count.

This week marks Connecticut’s rescheduled Point-In-Time count, the census of our homeless population to see who’s out and who’s in. Beaucoup volunteers have signed up to help count, and to administer a different kind of census, a tool that essentially grades people based on their needs, and their vulnerability (it has a long name, but …