United Way of Connecticut
Press Release
Julia Minchew
Program Development Coordinator
860-721-7876 x101 (Office)
440-610-9780 (Cell)

Housing Crisis Support Still Available for Those Evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria

Funding is still available from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) to help people who have been evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria who are continuing to experience a housing crisis.

This funding can be used to help stabilize housing through support such as rental assistance, security deposits, moving costs, utility assistance, credit repair, bus passes to employment, car repairs for employment purposes, furnishings, housing search and placement, housing stability case management, and more.

"Even though it has been over a year since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, people are still arriving in Connecticut and those currently living in the state are still struggling to stabilize their housing, putting them at risk of homelessness," says Mary Ann Haley, Deputy Director of CCEH. "There are people struggling right now and don't know that this relief is available. We need everyone to reach out to people in their community to make sure they are aware of this funding."

According to a study commissioned by the Hartford Foundation released last year, it is estimated that more than 13,000 people came to Connecticut from Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

People evacuated from Puerto Rico due to Hurricane Maria experiencing a housing crisis or organizations helping someone in this situation should dial 2-1-1, (option 7 for Spanish) to get connected to housing supports and access this funding. Funding is available statewide. 

2-1-1  Connecticut   can also help connect people with other services such as food, clothing, household goods, healthcare, and more. 

Download the "Hurricane Maria: How 2-1-1 Can Help" Fact Sheet (available in English and Spanish) to lean more about the resources available to those who have been evacuated.  For more information, d ial 2-1-1 or visit  www.211CT.org .

These funds were made available after federal FEMA aid ended by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain, Community Foundation of Middlesex County, CT Community Foundation, CT Department of Housing, Dime Bank, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Liberty Bank, Melville Charitable Trust, Napier Foundation, Savings Bank of Danbury, United Way of Greater Waterbury, Webster Bank, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, and United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut.

If your organization is interested in partnering with CCEH to connect clients to this funding, please contact Joanne Vitarelli at  assistance@cceh.org for more information.


About the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with members and communities throughout the state, creates change through leadership, advocacy, and building the capacity of members and the field to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. Learn more by visiting cceh.org.  

About 2-1-1 Connecticut
2-1-1 Connecticut is a free health and human service information and referral service, with a continuously updated database of more than 4,000 agencies and 40,000 programs and services. Free, confidential assistance is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year online at 211ct.org and over the phone by dialing 2-1-1. 2-1-1 Connecticut has organizational accreditations from the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS), and the contact center is certified by the American Association of Suicidology for crisis intervention.
About Connecticut United Ways

Connecticut United Ways advance the common good by creating opportunities for all, with a particular focus on education, income/financial security, health, and basic needs - the building blocks for a good quality of life. We engage people and organizations throughout our communities who bring passion, expertise, and resources needed to get things done, and we invite everyone to be part of the change.

United Way of Connecticut
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