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Hartford, CT, 06106

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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 1,300 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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Get the facts about family homelessness, and what we're doing to keep families in the comfort of home. 

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There are 1,000 homeless families across Connecticut, including more than 2,000 children. 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.

The situation. 

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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