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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.


End family homelessness before it begins.


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The be homeful project gives kids, families, and communities tools for learning about how homelessness affects local children and taking action to help by raising much-needed shelter diversion funds to help local families stay at home. Since the project launched the project in 2015, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and its members have helped over 1,000 children and their families stay in their homes. Join the effort and help end family homelessness in Connecticut for good.

Meet our spokesbear.


Once upon a time...

A small bear traveled all the way to England in search of a new home. When he arrived at his destination, he had almost nothing to his name - only a suitcase containing an almost empty jar of marmalade and a label round his neck with the words:

Please look after this bear. Thank you. 

Paddington's encounter with homelessness didn't last long --- he quickly met the Brown family in London's Paddington Station. But more than 50,000 families across America struggle to find this same sense of comfort and security. Now the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness has partnered with Paddington to launch the be homeful project, a campaign to end homelessness before it begins.