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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.



Paddington is speaking on behalf of homeless families -- and you can help.


Act now.

As the official be homeful spokesbear, Paddington knows that homelessness can happen to anyone, at any time, for any number of reasons. Paddington and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness hope that while you are appreciating your ‘homefulness,’ you can help someone else reach theirs.

Be Informed

Every day across Connecticut providers are finding new ways to help homeless families find stability for themselves, organizations are working tirelessly to keep families with children from entering the shelter system, and local leaders are banding together to find innovative ways to end family homelessness before it begins. Keep updated on new data, new initiatives, and new progress. Follow us on Facebook to learn about the work that's being done for families in your area of Connecticut. 

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Hold a Marmalade Drive

Kids around Connecticut are joining Paddington and the be homeful project in making a difference in the lives of children in our state. You can do your part to make sure a child like you can stay in the comfort of home this year. It's easy — simply empty out a marmalade jar, decorate it with pictures that remind you of home, and hang a be homeful tag around the neck. Then try to be clever like Paddington and figure out how you can fill your jar with change.

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Host a Paddington Storytime 

Let Paddington's story inspire children and students in your community to become get involved. Paddington was homeless at the beginning of the story but fortunately it didn't take long for him to find a loving home with a solid roof over its head. Children can learn the importance of home, and talk about what having a home means to them. Help Paddington Bear end homelessness in your community by hosting a Paddington Storytime in your home, at your school, or at your local library. 

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Make your gift today to help families facing homelessness. Your gift will provide emergency assistance (via a service provider) to a family on the brink of homelessness. Any amount will make a difference. 

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Spread the Word

We want everyone to know how simple it can be to help struggling families in every community, and we need your help. Follow be homeful on Facebook and Twitter to help spread awareness of this important cause. 

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Become a Partner

With help from Paddington, we are seeking to develop partnerships and promotions that raise awareness and funds. Please let us know if you are interested in joining forces with our efforts to end homelessness before it begins. Click here for examples of partnerships and promotions benefiting the be homeful project.

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