January 2018
Dear friends,

The recent, arctic cold reminds us of the importance of our shared task of ending homelessness – so that no one in Connecticut has to face the bitter cold without a home.  We thank all of you for the extra efforts you are making right now to ensure that our neighbors in need can be safe and warm.

With our ongoing work in mind, we are gearing up for three important efforts, and we need your support!  

The Point-in-Time Count will take place January 23 , and the Youth Count! January 24-30 .  These two counts provide invaluable information for us regarding how we are doing in our efforts to end homelessness. If you have not already signed up, please join us by volunteering – more information below. 

Please also plan to participate in “Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days,” March 7 and 8 at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford, organized jointly by CCEH and the Partnership for Strong Communities. Please add your voice to our effort to preserve the resources you need to end homelessness! Please click here to see the timeslot for your CAN.

Thank you for all you do, every day, to end homelessness.

Lisa Tepper Bates
Executive Director
2018 Homeless Counts - We need you!
The 2018 Homeless counts are right around the corner: the Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is on January 23 and the Youth Count is happening between January 24-30, 2018. Volunteers are critical to the success of both of these counting efforts! 

The counts are powered by social service agencies, private companies, schools, youth providers, state agencies, faith-based groups, and youth themselves. You can help make each count a success by becoming a 2018 homeless count volunteer. 
Thank you to those who have already signed up!

We are always looking to expand the reach of the Youth Count so if you know of a school or an organization that could be a site for the count please share it with us—it’s not too late! You can email Carl at casikainen@cceh.org

Visit the CCEH website to learn more about the PIT and Youth Counts and learn how to volunteer.

If you have questions about the Point-in-Time Count, you can email Jackie at jjanosko@cceh.org.
Single Point Of Contact (SPOC)
Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) is partnering with the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to address the significant barrier housing insecurity presents to student success. A workshop was held at Manchester Community College on December 4, 2017 to address this issue. 

Many institutions across the state have joined our work in exploring how to get more accurate data concerning homelessness and housing insecurity and how to implement a Single Point of Contact (SPOC) system to provide a more comprehensive, consistent and trackable response to homeless students.

This effort is part of our shared work with partners in the Reaching Home Youth and Young Adult Work Group.

For more information on SPOC, please contact Mimi Haley at mhaley@cceh.org or visit cceh.org/SPOC
be homeful for the holidays campaign
Thank you to all of you who helped make be homeful for the holidays a success! With your help, we raised more than $53,000 in emergency funds to help frontline providers divert families from homelessness across Connecticut! We look forward to announcing the final total in the February newsletter and on the be homeful Facebook page  where you can also find photos from all the adorable bear and book deliveries made by CT REALTORS and Citizens Bank employees.
In the meantime, with Paddington 2 about to hit the theaters, we would like to develop a virtual task force with representation from each CAN to explore how we can leverage be homeful to raise additional funds that your CANs can access for shelter diversion.

Please contact Madeline Ravich at mravich@cceh.org or 773-339-3600 if you would like to join CCEH's  be homeful task force.
Puerto Rico Evacuees
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, evacuees from Puerto Rico are arriving in Connecticut. Most of these evacuees are staying temporarily with family and friends. However, those housing arrangements may be untenable over time, leaving evacuees in need of shelter. To respond to this need, FEMA has made available “Temporary Shelter Assistance,” (TSA) for evacuees through March 20, 2018, to fund hoteling of evacuees who may have no housing options. Evacuee households facing a housing crisis may approach CANs for housing assistance if they are not aware of this available option. If evacuees do present for intake at your CAN, please make sure they know about the TSA option, and also remember to mark any evacuees in HMIS during the CAN appointment

You can find additional information on the CCEH website .
2018 Homelessness & Housing Advocacy Days at the Legislative Office Building
Wednesday, March 7 th & Thursday, March 8 th
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

YOU are the experts on what works to end homelessness in your community.

  • Make your voice heard- Meet your legislators to discuss current efforts to end homelessness and advocate for resources that you need. 
  • Each Coordinated Access Network (CAN) will have a one-hour time slot.
  • CCEH/PSC will provide a template for presentations and CAN-specific data.

Click here for more information and for the CAN schedule for Advocacy Days.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Fox at sfox@cceh.org or Liz Roberts at Liz Roberts liz@pschousing.org.
Do you work with families? Are you working with youth who have runaway from home? Project STRIVE is a psycho-educational intervention designed to assist unstably housed young people and their families. STRIVE is an evidence-based approach to family mediation that can help families address differences and resolve conflict so that youth can re-establish stable housing with their family members.
The ultimate goal is to reduce episodes of homelessness by promoting housing stability, decreasing runaway episodes, and increasing the quality of home life for young people and their families. For more information on STRIVE and to get connected to a STRIVE provider in your area please visit cceh.org/ct-strive or email training@cceh.org .
Program Development Coordinator Position Open
The Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness is hiring for the Program Development Coordinator Position.

The Program Development Coordinator provides critical coordination and planning around major project and events, press, marketing, social media, and donor engagement. With dual-reporting lines to the Deputy Director and Development Advisor, this position plays an important role in moving new initiatives forward and creating momentum for ending homelessness across the state. View the full job description here and apply here.
Upcoming Trainings and Recorded Webinars
Upcoming Trainings:

Understanding Adolescent Brain Development (webinar)
January 8, 2018, 2-3pm

January Shelter Diversion
January 16, 2018, 10am-2pm

Disabilities In Shelters
January 17, 2018, 9:30am-1pm

Administering the SPDAT
January 22, 2018, 10am-2pm
December Recorded Webinars:

Utilizing Mobile Crisis Services View Recording
Accessing Mainstream Resources Through 2-1-1 View Recording
For more information and to learn about all the resources CCEH has to offer please check out cceh.org.