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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.


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Young people really can change the world. Let Paddington™ help you tell a difficult story to children in your life.

Lesson Plans

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.


Paddington Storytimes

Parents and librarians across Connecticut have joined the be homeful effort by hosting Paddington Storytime events to help children in their communities learn about and discuss family homelessness in a safe and friendly environment. Our Storytime Guide uses Paddington’s story as a jumping off point for discussing homelessness in age-appropriate ways. Kids have fun and make a difference for children in their communities.


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