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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.



We're here to help you find ways to talk to your kids about family homelessness. 

Teach others.

We know that homelessness is a difficult issue for children to understand. Kids are extremely sensitive and empathetic, which means that it is important to strike the right tone. That is why we are partnering with Paddington™ to give you tools to talk to your children about how they can help neighbors in need.


By Michael Bond

Paddington™ Lesson Plans

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 age-appropriate 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.

Read the story of Paddington. 

You can check it out from your local library or order his books on Amazon. As his story explains, Paddington™ was homeless at the beginning of the story but fortunately it didn't take long for him to find a loving home with a solid roof over its head. But had he and the Brown family not had a home, what would they have needed to find one? What kinds of challenges would they have faced in affording one? You can talk about difficult concepts in very simple terms.

Discuss the facts. 

Paddington™ took a long journey to get to his new home but children and their families shouldn't have to go far to find a safe, comfortable place to stay. Find a map of the number of homeless families in each state. Look at it and talk about the numbers. Can you find your state? How many homeless families live where you do? For older kids, you can compare the number of homeless families in each state with a map of the average cost of an apartment. How are those two things related?