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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 1,000 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

Get the facts about family homelessness.

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.

 
 
 

Paddington’s Story

Paddington was homeless at the beginning of his journey. Click here to read about Paddington’s story and talk about what you imagine or know it feels like not to have a place to call home.

 
 

A Real-Life Story

Sarah and Bekah were homelessness starting when they were little. Watch this video to learn what it was like for them to experience homelessness and share your thoughts with your friends and family by talking about it or sharing the video.

 
 

The Story in Connecticut

Visit this article to view an interactive map to find out how many homeless individuals are in your town. Then visit this page to learn how our state is working to end family homelessness in your community.

 
 

How Families Can Get Help

This is a roadmap of Connecticut’s homeless response system. Families experiencing housing crises can dial 2-1-1 to be connected with an operator. Operators seek to help families over the phone but when necessary refer clients to meet in person with a frontline worker who then seeks to identify alternatives to shelter whenever possible.

The bottom line

While shelters across the Connecticut are bursting at the seams, there was not until recently a 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. We want 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 are directed to service providers around the state for disbursement to help families stay housed.

To date, funds raised through be homeful have prevented more than 1000 children from becoming homeless. You can visit our diversion dashboard to see how diversion rates have risen in Connecticut since we started the be homeful project in 2015.

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What to do if you need help

2-1-1 connects callers, at no cost, to critical health and human services in their community. Call 2-1-1 any time of day if you are experiencing a housing crisis. Operators are standing by. You can also access 2-1-1 online at https://www.211ct.org/. To learn more about 2-1-1 and the services it offers click here.