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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.



the be homeful project in the news

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is grateful to the many reporters who have thoughtfully covered our project since its beginning in 2015.

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Fewer homeless in Connecticut, data shows, but problems still persist

November 21, 2018 - CT Mirror

The CT Mirror published an interactive map showing the towns of last residence for people who entered Connecticut shelters over the past three years.

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Giving Guide: Business Gives Back

November 13, 2018 - Hartford Business Journal

The be homeful project is proud to be among those featured in the 2018 Hartford Business Journal Giving Guide, which showcased different ways that businesses can become involved with our efforts to fight homelessness in our state.

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Travel Show Kicks off Saturday October, 27th

October 24, 2018 - WTNH News 8

Good Morning Connecticut’s Laura Hutchinson shares how CCEH is taking part in the Hartford Courant Travel Show, whose Taste of Connecticut booth proceeds will benefit the be homeful project.

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be homeful for the holidays campaign

November 5, 2018 - WTNH News 8

Good Morning Connecticut’s Laura Hutchinson covers new Paddington bear-raiser Giving Tree kits available to businesses and communities looking for a special way to make a difference this holiday season.


Buying books and bears to end homelessness

October 22, 2018 - WTNH News 8.

Ann Nyberg visited with us to learn about Paddington bear-raisers and how kids, families, and communities can help local families this holiday season.

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Would a CVS Acquisition of Aetna be good for consumers?

October 9, 2018 - WNPR Connecticut

Lucy Nalpanchanchil visits with CCEH and Paddington Ambassador Grace Furia to learn about be homeful’s new family homelessness lesson plans and explore how kids can join the fight to end homelessness in their communities. Listen to the second half for our segment. presents 5 in 5

October 1, 2018 -’s Kristi Olds covers the CT REALTORS(R) Foundation board’s tour of Connecticut’s homeless response system for families and shares how businesses can help end homelessness for a family this holiday season.


Helping homeless children over the holidays

November 27, 2017 - WTNH News 8

WTNH’s Ann Nyberg visits with CCEH to learn about how people can buy bears and books for children in shelter and help local families remain housed at the same time.

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Paddington Bears help fight against homelessness in Connecticut

December 5, 2016 - WTNH News 8

WTNH’s Ann Nyberg shares word of our campaign, which gives the public a way to donate bears to children in shelters and prevent homelessness at the same time.


Cruisin' Connecticut – Elementary Students Helping to End Homelessness

November 28, 2016 - WTNH News 8

WTNH’s Ryan Kristafer visited John C. Daniels School in New Haven to see how schools are using Paddington Storytimes to educate children about homelessness affects their peers.


Diversion funds help prevent homelessness in Greater New Haven

October 13, 2016 - New Haven Register

New Haven Register covers how the be homeful project is ending homelessness for families in Greater New Haven.

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Ending Family Homelessness in CT in Sight with "Be Homeful Campaign"

May 3, 2016 - WTNH News 8

WTNH’s Scott McDonnell takes you inside a Connecticut shelter and shares why be homeful’s approach to diverting families from shelter is so effective.

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the be homeful project

October 14, 2015 - WTNH News 8

Ryan Kristafer of WTNH’s CT Style speaks with CCEH’s Madeline Ravich and Sarah Fox to learn about our new campaign to end family homelessness in Connecticut.


Children joining campaign to fight homelessness

October 12, 2015 - Fox CT and Hartford Couran

Sarah Cody’s Connecticut Mommy Minute paid a visit to Charter Oak Magnet School in West Hartford to see how kids are engaging with ending family homelessness through our project.


Where do homeless families come from in Connecticut?

May 6, 2015 - Trend CT

CT Mirror’s Trend CT analyze trends in family homelessness in Connecticut and publishes the first interactive map showing that the suburbs are not immune to homelessness.

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‘Paddington’ props are up for grabs

December 12, 2014 - Hollywood Reporter

The Hollywood Reporter shares news of a flash sale of Paddington props which will benefit the be homeful project.


Be homeful plans sneak preview of Paddington at Avon Theatre in Stamford

December 12, 2014 - Stamford Daily Voice

Stamford Daily Voice shared news of the sneak preview of the major motion picture which served as a benefit to kick off the be homeful project.