A letter from Lisa Tepper Bates
Our new year is off to an exciting start as we get ready for the final push to end chronic homelessness in
! There's great work underway in every CAN to serve those most in need, and to exit every person from homelessness to housing.
This past week, we completed the
Point-in-Time count. Th
important exercise yields critical information on how we are doing in our efforts. We could not do it without you, and we
thank you for turning out and making it happen.
sure to put March 2-3 on your calendar for Advocacy Days! We are making great strides in our efforts, but
this is a tough budget year for Connecticut, and
we need you to raise your voice with us and help protect the critical resources you need to carry
to end homelessness
Thanks so much to every one of you, for all you do - every day!
On the night of January 26
, hundreds of volunteers across
the state completed the 2016
Point-in-Time count -
our annual census
of everyone experiencing homelessness in Connecticut.
We wanted to
take a moment to thank everyone involved who made this massive project a success - our partners are too many to mention individually with approximately 500 projects participating this year.
This is the first year we have had a chance to use a new mobile application for our unshelte
red surveys, making real time data entry possible for the first time ever.
We look forward to sharing the results of the count with you in our full PIT report which we will have available to everyone at the end of April.
For updates on this when they become available, consider subscribing to the data newsletter below.
Zero: 2016 CT Efforts Ramp Up
Welcome to 2016, the year we will end chronic homelessness in Connecticut!
Working together, Connecticut has made great strides over the last year in our efforts to reach our Zero: 2016 goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. CCEH is following up on the Commissioner's initiative with a letter to each official offering the opportunity to contribute funding to their CAN to help fill resource gaps and advance this effort.
- We're making use of the state's eight Coordinated Access Networks to develop collaborative approaches to finding and housing those experiencing chronic homelessness.
- The State of Connecticut, particularly through the Department of Housing and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has invested in this effort, bringing significant resources to the table.
What does all of this add up to? Is it making a difference?
Yes! Communities are able to identify the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness and are housing them. Working together in CANs, providers have housed hundreds of chronically homeless individuals over the last year.
To read more about what comes next in 2016, click here.
DOH Commissioner Klein Calls on Local Officials to Help End Chronic Homelessness
State Department of Housing (DOH) Commissioner Evonne M. Klein,
to Mayors and First Selectmen across Connecticut to ask them to partner with the state in its efforts to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
CCEH is following up on the Commissioner's initiative with a letter to each official offering the opportunity to contribute funding to their CAN to help fill resource gaps and advance their
Connecticut was one of only four (4) states to sign on to
Zero: 2016, a national initiative sponsored by Community Solutions. The goal of Zero: 2016 is to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. The state made history in August 2015 when Governor Malloy announced that the federal government certified that Connecticut was the first state in America to end chronic veteran homelessness.
"We are calling on local chief elected officials to join the state and local nonprofits in our mission to end chronic homelessness. Too often we accept homelessness as a fact of life, but we know better in Connecticut." said Commissioner Klein, "As leaders, we have the ability to connect people with the resources they need to get them on a path to permanent, safe, stable, and affordable housing."
Read more from the Department of Housing by clicking
& ask your local officials to support this initiative.
for more on the Zero 2016 initiative and what you can do to help.
Coordinated Exit & VI-SPDAT 2.0 to Launch
We are very pleased to announce on
Tuesday, February 16th we will be launching the first phase of the statewide Coordinated Exit system in HMIS. On this day, the upgrade of the VI-SPDAT to version 2.0 will also take place and the VI-SPDAT 1.0 will no longer be used. Details on these system improvements will be sent via email to all HMIS users so please look for these soon in your inbox. Many thanks to all the participants in the Coordinated Exit Committee and to our partners at Nutmeg. Their hard work and creative thinking have made these changes possible.
For more information on Administering the VI-SPDAT 2.0, you can view our recorded webinar & all training materials by clicking
. For the VI-SPDAT 2.0 for individuals, click
, and for families, click
. For questions or to request a training on the VI-SPDAT 2.0, please contact Sarah Chess, Training and Communications Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or concerns related to Coordinated Exit, please contact Brian Roccapriore at email@example.com.
Lessons from the Field: Landlord Recruitment
Making Rapid Rehousing Work
At the front of the room during the "Best Practices of Emergency Shelters & Crisis Services training in December, Kay Moshier McDivitt of the National Alliance to End Homelessness says, "Rapid rehousing is not a program, but an approach." Not everyone is immediately sold.
At its most general, rapid rehousing is any method of quickly housing families and individuals who have slipped into homelessness. The concept grew from the "Housing First" model, first developed in 1988. Housing First embodies the idea that people will find much more success when the stress of being homeless has been removed. Rather than waiting for people who are homeless to become "housing ready," agencies should quickly get them housed and then connect them with services.
"What got me interested in rapid rehousing, people I came in contact with really questioned their self worth because of their housing status," said Samantha Stewart of Supportive Housing WORKS, who led the presentation on landlord recruitment. "And I just felt like there was a real need [to] quickly get those people out of that situation so that they can understand that their worth as a human being is greater than this current situation."
Continue reading & access resources on Rapid Rehousing & Landlord Recruitment by
One of the most powerful tools in a homeless assistance system is shelter diversion,
helping people avoid entering shelter by employing strategies to stabilize an existing housing resource or paving the way for other safe housing alternatives. CCEH is pleased to be able to offer Shelter Diversion Training by one the country's leading experts in the field, Ed Boyte
As the Assistant Director of the Cleveland Mediation Center, Ed has trained on his successful diversion techniques across the country, and also piloted a homeless diversion program in Cleveland.
There will be three options for trainings; a train-the-trainer, and two 2-day workshops, all held the week of February 22-26. Details are available through your Coordinated Access Network managers.
2016 Annual Training Institute:
"Ready for Zero: Innovative and Sustainable Solutions for Housing"
Thursday, May 12, 2016
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT
Please participate by presenting on your work, ideas, and successes:
The Deadline to Submit is February 26, 2016
For additional guidelines and information, please click
. For Questions, please contact Katie Kenney, Programs Development Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or (860) 721-7876, ext 101
2016 Advocacy Dates to Remember:
Budget and Advocacy Days Preparation Webinar
Friday, February 12th from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
During our Budget and Advocacy Days Preparation Webinar, participants have the opportunity to:
- Review proposed FY 2016-2017 state funding for homelessness and housing & hear an update on the state budget climate this session
- Hear about the Appropriations process & learn advocacy strategies for hearings
- Review state and local initiatives
- Share ideas on telling your local story
All Advocates Welcome!
To Register online, click
2016 Homelessness & Housing Advocacy Days at the Legislative Office Building
Wednesday, March 2 & Thursday, March 3 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
YOU are the expert
s on what works to end homelessness in your community!
Contact your CAN
coordinators for details on when your region is being represented and how you can be a part of supporting this effort. If you have any questions please contact Sarah Fox, Director of Advocacy and Community Impact, at
For more information & schedule of your CANs time slots,
o you know any children interested in making a difference? It's getting cold out there which is why CCEH is looking for 1000 kids to sign up to hold drives with their families to raise critical shelter diversion funds to help families throughout our state. All donors between now and Valentine's Day will receive a special Paddington Valentine's Day card to send to somebody they love. Please share Paddington's "Help End Homeless with Paddington"
with any young people who might want to show some love for a family in their community this Valentine's Day. CCEH member agencies can also sign up to hold drives to benefit their CAN.
Please contact Madeline Ravich at email@example.com to learn how your agency can hold its own "marmalade drive" in conjunction with local schools or after-school clubs.
new HUD definition chronic homeless
just taking effect on January 15th, the forms to verify that an individual is chronically homeless or disabled have been updated and are now available. Please make sure that if your agency or organization has been using the previous form, they are updated to the newer versions available here
The new definition is now in effect; if you have questions, you can review the slides from HUD's webinar
or feel free to reach out to Brian Roccapriore at
with any and all questions relating to the change.
The updated forms and more information about the CoC can be found
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