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257 Lawrence St
Hartford, CT, 06106

(860) 721 7876

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness launched be homeful in December, 2014. This campaign is a bold and innovative project designed to help Americans stamp out family homelessness for good. Our mission is to end homelessness one family at a time for the 1,000 families in Connecticut that experience homelessness in any given year.

While shelters across the state are bursting at the seams, there is currently no major source of funding to keep struggling families from slipping into homelessness in moments of crisis. By making funds available to keep families in the comfort of home, we can help break the cycle of homelessness that can carry forward across generations.

Through community partnerships and collaboration with families across Connecticut, the be homeful project will establish the first state-wide emergency assistance fund for shelter diversion. This fund will be accessible to case workers serving families at the front door of shelter and will reimburse expenses for rental assistance, security deposits, gas cards and other sundry expenses tied to diverting family from shelter in favor of actual homes.

About Us

be homeful: Proving that ending homelessness before it begins is possible

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We know that homelessness is a tough issue for adults to explain to their children. That’s why be homeful's goal is simple: to end family homelessness for the 70,000 homeless families in our country by creating tools for people to teach their children about this difficult issue and raising funds to keep families across America housed. Starting here in Connecticut, we aim to give families across our country the tools to understand this difficult issue and make a real impact in the lives of neighbors in need. 

Mission and vision

The mission of be homeful is to end family homelessness, one family at a time. Our vision is a country where resources exist to keep families out of shelter and in actual homes.

Starting with a fabulous and refreshing partnership with Paddington, we will be kicking off our campaign with a series of promotions and corporations designed to raise awareness and funds nationally and around the country.

Goal and Strategies

Our goal is to raise awareness and funds to give families and businesses tools to help neighbors in need. Starting here in Connecticut, we aim to:

  • tell the story of family homelessness in the United States, starting in our home state

  • offer parents, educators, and libraries tools for helping children understand this difficult issue

  • provide families and businesses with concrete tools for keeping informed and lending a hand

  • launch a fund that communities can access to help families stay in the comfort of home

  • develop cause marketing arrangements and promotions that raise awareness and funds




Meet the people who are making The be homeful Project happen.

Lisa Tepper Bates

Lisa Tepper Bates

Dr. Richard Cho • CEO

Dr. Cho joined CCEH in November 2018 and brings 20 years of experience in the housing and homelessness sector. From 2013 to 2016, Cho served as the Deputy Director at the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the federal agency that coordinates the federal response to homelessness.


Madeline Ravich

Madeline Ravich

Madeline Ravich • Campaign Director

Madeline is the campaign director for be homeful and a development advisor who serves as CCEH’s Director of Development. She has more than a decade of experience managing development initiatives for a wide range of nonprofits and has also provided corporate responsibility consulting services to companies and industry associations. She is in charge of the campaign strategy and coordination of be homeful.

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Ryan Beach • be homeful Coordinator

Ryan is in charge of the day-to-day coordination of be homeful including fund administration and fundraising. He serves as Development Associate at CCEH where she provides day-to-day support to support our fundraising efforts.