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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.

Paddington's "be homeful" lesson plans

the be homeful project: lesson plans for all ages


be homeful in the classroom

Launched by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) in 2015, the be homeful project aims to give kids, families, and their communities tools to have meaningful conversations about how homelessness affects families in their community and to take action to help prevent others from becoming homeless in the first place.

CCEH is fortunate to have Paddington™, who himself was homeless at the beginning of his journey, on our side helping children of all ages develop a deeper understanding of how homelessness affects their peers. Our goal is to give parents and educators tools to build empathy among members of the next generation so children can learn how they can make a difference.

The be homeful project provides an opportunity for students to engage with the issue of homelessness in age-appropriate ways. Through these lesson plans, we aim to teach young people empathy and offer constructive ways to build a social safety net that ensures every child has a place to call home.