What a year it has been so far! Our homeless services system is in overdrive pushing to end chronic homelessness, to house 360 families by December 10th, to launch new youth programs through the YHDP grant, to optimize HMIS, to better understand racial inequities, and to end family & youth homelessness by 2020.
As we work on all of these initiatives, I hope we can take a moment to breathe (self-care is important!) and reflect on all of our remarkable successes to date. Connecticut is a leader in the country because of your work and serves as a model for a well-functioning systematic and collaborative response to homelessness. We've built coordinated entry and exit systems, ended Veteran homelessness, and reduced homelessness by 34% in the past 5 years! And our dashboards are super cool.
So, let's pat each other on the back, compliment our colleagues and co-workers, and give thanks for this incredible privilege to help others and change the world. And remember to breathe.
We are also thrilled to announce that Dr. Richard Cho will be joining CCEH as our new CEO later this month. More on this announcement below.
With much gratitude,
Mary Ann Haley
Deputy Director & Interim CEO