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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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Learn about homelessness in Connecticut

 

Each year more than 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.

Do you want to know what it is like to lose your home as a child? Watch this personal story shared by two sisters who experienced homelessness as children.

Have you ever wondered what it is like to stay in a shelter? Watch this WTNH piece to learn how and why shelter workers are helping families identify housing alternatives.

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Learn where homeless families come from.

Family homelessness is closer to you than you might think. Families in Connecticut shelters come from all over our state. Visit this article by the Connecticut Mirror for an interactive map showing what homeless families who enter the shelter system listed as their town of last residence.