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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.


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Join the effort.

You have the power to end homelessness in your community. Take action to help a family stay at home.

How you can help.

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Become a Paddington™ Ambassador.

Do you want to help children in your community? Sign up to be a Paddington Ambassador and learn how you can raise awareness in your community about how homelessness affects local children.

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Hold a Paddington marmalade drive.

Do you know that Paddington loves marmalade? You can help a local family by holding a “marmalade drive” in honor of Padidngton’s favorite food. Click below to get your own DIY marmalade drive kit.

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Host a Paddington bear-raiser drive.

Do you want to make a difference for a local family? Sign up to hold a Paddington bear-raiser drive over the holidays. For every $25, we will donate a Paddington to a child in shelter.