March 2017
A letter from Lisa Tepper Bates

Hello friends, 

Providers across the state are doing incredible, innovative work to end homelessness, including through specialized respite care for medically fragile and homeless patients at Columbus House and the New London Homeless Hospitality Center - read more about these great programs below. 
We look forward to sharing innovations and lessons learned with you at the CCEH Annual Training Institute, May 18, where we will reflect on what we have achieved, and discuss how to move to our next goals of ending youth and family homelessness.
Your good work is proving the case that investments to end homelessness save lives and save public funds.  The Governor's budget proposal reflects that understanding, preserving funding for our efforts through DOH and DMHAS that will allow us to keep up the momentum.  There's still a long way to go to a final budget, and we need your support to advocate for the resources we need.  Please read more below about what you can do to help.  
Thank you for everything you do, every day, to serve those most in need.

Sincerely ,
Lisa Tepper Bates
Executive Director
Next Stop: Ending Youth and Family Homelessness
Save the Date:
Thursday, May 18, 2017
7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Connecticut Convention Center
Hartford, CT

CCEH is pleased to announce our 15th Annual Training Institute (ATI). This event is the premier capacity-building event for organizations working across Connecticut to end homelessness.

Keynote Speaker: Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness

Morning Speaker: Megan Gibbard, Director of A Way Home America  

With the 2017 legislative session well underway, homelessness and housing advocates are reaching out to legislators asking them to preserve resources that are critical to maintaining the gains we have made in ending homelessness. Over 50 providers and advocates have submitted testimony and many have come to Hartford to testify in support of the Governor's budget. Across the state, Coordinated Access Networks have hosted legislators at in-district events which have introduced many legislators to our CAN system from "entry to exit."

Please make sure to mark your calendar for April 12th & April 13th, the 2017 Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days, when advocates representing each of the 8 CAN regions meet with legislators and make our case to preserve, protect, and defend the resources you need to do this important work.

Click here for tools and information on upcoming webinars and events from CCEH and the Partnership for Strong Communities to support your efforts. 
Thanks again for your commitment to ending homelessness in Connecticut. Together we are making a difference!! 

CCEH is excited to launch our new Interactive Coordinated Access Dashboard. Click here to view the new dashboard.

This replaces the monthly Coordinated Access Reports; however, it contains all of the historic data.  The dashboard is interactive and will allow end users to access data over time for any and all CANs. Additionally, the dashboard includes two new metrics for more specific subpopulation reporting: age and household type. This means you can track how many homeless youth are accessing CAN and what their referral outcomes are for this age group.  You will also be able to compare CAN performance by individuals and families for the first time in our CAN reporting.  

CCEH will host a webinar to provide a demonstration of the new dashboard on Friday, March 10 at 10:00 am. Click here to register for the webinar!
Medical Respite Programs Make a Difference for Clients & Hospitals
We know that investing in efforts to end homelessness and providing appropriate care for those experiencing homelessness saves lives and saves public funds. Medical Respite programs at the Columbus House and New London Homeless Hospitality Center, offering specialized care for patients experiencing homelessness and exiting hospitals, provides further proof of this case.

Through this innovative collaboration between homeless providers and  hospitals, which includes case management focused on housing, patient navigation to help coordinate care, visiting nursing service, and transportation to appointments, these partnerships are improving health outcomes for these individuals, including reducing their rate of re-admission to the hospital.  

At the same time, these programs can save public funds: Yale-New Haven Hospital's research shows a reduction on average of the billing to Medicaid per patient served in respite by $12,000.  For more information on these two programs click here .
Rapid Re-housing and Critical Time Intervention

On February 6th, Connecticut rapid re-housing providers embarked on a pilot to implement Critical Time Intervention (CTI) as a strategy to guide case management and prepare families and individuals for independence.  The new initiative - a collabortive effort by the Department of Housing, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and CCEH with key training and  guidance from the Center for the Advancement of CTI (CACTI) at Hunter College, CUNY - will engage all DOH-funded rapid re-housing programs in the state.

More information and resources on this initiative are available here .
Synchrony Financial donates be homeful funds for families in Fairfield County

CCEH is pleased to announce an exciting development for the  be homeful project. Effective immediately, CCEH will be making $100,00 0 available for shelter diversion in Fairfield County. Contributed as part of a generous grant from Stamford-based Synchrony Financial's Families That Work program, this funding is part of an initiative to ramp up our shelter diversion capacity in Fairfield County and around the state. Synchrony will also be teaming up with CCEH to raise awareness about how homelessness affects local families and to encourage communities throughout Connecticut to donate or hold drives to help families remain in their homes.

For more information, please contact  Madeline Ravich at .