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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.



Meet the companies and organizations who have partnered with be homeful to end family homelessness. Information on our upcoming promotions and events.

Partners and Promotions

Paddington & Co

CCEH is fortunate that Paddington & Co has licensed our organization to utilize Paddington™ in our promotional materials for the be homeful project. Paddington’s story has inspired children, families, and communities around Connecticut to come together to help local families.

People's United Bank

People’s United Bank, founded in 1842, is a premier, community-based, regional bank in the Northeast offering commercial and retail banking, as well as wealth management services through a network of nearly 400 retail locations in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine. People’s United Bank has generously offered to accept donations to the be homeful project at all Connecticut bank branches. People’s United Charitable Foundation has also been a generous supporter of the fund, contributing more than $50,000 since the fund’s inception in 2014.

Lamar Advertising Company

Lamar Advertising Company provides out-of-home advertising space for clients on Billboards, Digital, Airport Displays, Transit and Highway Logo Signs. Lamar generously donates billboard space at locations around Connecticut. Watch for our digital billboard on Lamar signs around the state.


WTNH, virtual channel 8, is an ABC-affiliated television station located in New Haven, Connecticut. WTNH was the first station to play our be homeful PSA featuring children talking about why they are homeful. WTNH News 8’s Ann Nyberg also hosted the inaugural Paddington™ Storytime. The station has also featured be homeful on numerous CT Style segments.

National Alliance to End Homelessness

The Alliance works toward ending homelessness by improving homelessness policy, building on-the-ground capacity, and educating opinion leaders. NAEH brings national expertise to the be homeful project, offering training and technical assistance to CCEH and our partners in best practices in shelter diversion.


The Avon Theatre

The Avon is an art house theatre located in Stamford, CT and generously donated space and publicity for the Connecticut sneak preview of the film Paddington

Baobab Studios

Baobab Studios is New Haven's premier all purpose digital media production studio. Baobab Studio’s Kevin Ewing created the much-acclaimed video “Growing up Homelessness”, which the be homeful project uses to educate children and adults about how homelessness affects children.


BARN bring brands to life in ways that move people to take action in this distracted, consumer empowered and hyper-connected world. BARN’s Michael Asphar conceptualized the branding and initial design behind the be homeful project.


XFINITY® Connecticut provides high speed internet service, digital cable TV, and home phone at great prices to residents of CT. Comcast generously ran the be homeful project’s ad over a month in January 2017.

Connoisseur Media

Connoisseur Media is one of the nation's fastest growing media companies. Connoisseur generously ran PSA’s during our Mother’s to Father’s Day drive in 2015 with People’s United Bank.

CT REALTORS Foundation

Currituck County

Aden guitarist Kevin Barker debuted the full-length of his Currituck County side project with Unpacking My Library in early 2002 on Teenbeat Records. We are fortunate that Kevin donated use of his beautiful song XXX in our PSA.


Gilt provides instant insider access to today’s top designer labels, at up to 70% off retail. In December 2014, together with The Weinstein Company generously teamed up for a special flash sale of actual props from the international family hit film Paddington, with proceeds going to directly benefit the be homeful Fund.  

Elizabeth Donius

Elizabeth Donius is a New Haven-based filmmaker. Lizzie generously made be homeful's beautiful PSA featuring children talking about what it means to have a home.

The Weinstein Company

The Weinstein Company (usually credited or abbreviated as TWC) is a mini-major film studio, founded in New York City by Bob and Harvey Weinstein in 2005. in January 2015, the Weinstein Company distributed the first live-action CGI feature film of Paddington starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Bonneville of Downton Abbey. TWC has generously donated props for the flash sale to benefit CCEH and kindly donated an advance copy of the film Paddington for a benefit premier screening.


YOTTOY (yàht • toy) - toy spelled backwards and forwards - inspires the imaginations and creativity in children of all ages. YOTTOY was generous to donate 100 Paddington’s to be given away in exchange for donations to the be homeful project at our sneak preview of Paddington where we launched the fund.


We are also grateful to the more than 20 partner agencies that collaborate to divert families from shelter:

Access Agency

Alpha Community Services



Columbus House

Covenant Shelter



Journey Home


Mercy Housing and Shelter

My Sister’s Place

New Opportunities

New Reach

Open Door Shelter

Operation Hope

Pacific House


Salvation Army (Marshall House)

Supportive Housing Works


We also would like to thank the libraries and schools that have held Paddington Storytimes to educate young people about how we can end homelessness for local kids.

Bridgeport Public Library

Charter Oak International Academy

East Haven Hagaman Library

Fairfield Public Library

Hamden Public Library Whitneyville Branch

Hartford Public Library

John C. Daniels Interdistrict School of International Communications

Mishkan Israel Nursery School

Mansfield Public Library

Norwich Otis Library

New Haven Public Library Wilson Branch

Stonington Public Library

Willimantic Public Library

Become a partner

Interested in partnering with the be homeful Project? Contact us.