Get the facts about family homelessness, and what we're doing to keep families in the comfort of home.
Each year more tha 1,000 homeless families across Connecticut, including more than 2,000 children, face the prospect of entering shelter. Homelessness is a destabilizing condition for a child, and can take a toll emotionally, physically, socially, and psychologically. Worse yet, the impact of homelessness can carry forward generations, as experiencing homelessness as a child increases the odds that a person will become homeless as an adult.
While shelters across the Connecticut 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 service providers to keep families in the comfort of home, we can help break the cycle of homelessness that can carry forward across generations.
Happily, we have programs and systems in place that can end homelessness before it begins. These programs need funding — not money for more beds in emergency shelters, but resources for emergency assistance to keep families in the comfort of home. Paddington wants families across Connecticut to understand that keeping a family housed can be as simple as offering a bit of temporary assistance for rent or cash for moving expenses. Donations to the be homeful fund will be directed to service providers around the state for disbursement to help families stay housed.
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