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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.

Schools

 

Your school can be homeful.

Students, parents, teachers, principals, librarians... There are so many ways for each and every member of your school to get involved, and help a family in your community avoid homelessness.

The be homeful project gives, kids, families, and communities tools to learn about how homelessness affects local families and take action to help. We know that every school community is different, which is why we offer a range of tools that your community can use:

  • Lesson plans offer teachers age-appropriate tools for leading a class discussion about homelessness and engaging kids in building the social safety net for local children.

  • Storytime guides give school librarians tools for engaging kids through a shorter version of the lesson plans.

Kids complete their learning by holding “marmalade drive” to raise money for the be homeful funds, which provide much-needed emergency assistand that frontline workers can access to divert families from shelter. To date, kids, families, and communities who have held drives have played a key role in helping Connecticut prevent 800 local children from having to enter the shelter system. Remarkably, it only costs $1,000 on average to prevent a family from becoming homeless in the first place. Evidence shows that the single greatest predictor of whether a person will be homeless as an adult is if they experience homelessness as a child because entering shelter normalizes the experience. Together, we can cut off the cycle of homelessness for families in our communities.

Learn more below and register your school for more information and materials today!