Advocacy Action Alert:
Make your voice heard.
Testimony Needed for DSS Budget Hearing!
Thank you once again to everyone who showed up to testify at the DOH and DMHAS hearings. Your voice is crucial in making the case for the housing supports necessary for everyone in our state to succeed. This is a reminder that Testimony is still needed for the DSS hearing tomorrow, March 5th. See below for details. These budget items are crucial to maintaining the housing supports which have brought such progress to our effort to end homelessness in Connecticut.
Department of Social Services Hearing
Public Budget Hearing scheduled for
Tuesday, March 5th starting at 4:30 pm
Legislative Office Building, Room 2C
300 Capitol Avenue, Hartford
In addition, a major Medicaid initiative including coverage of supportive housing services is included in the Department of Social Services budget. It will develop a Medicaid Supportive Housing benefit for high cost, high need individuals experiencing homelessness. This initiative has been promoted and supported by a number of Reaching Home Campaign partners, and we encourage support at the hearing.

Support the Development of a Medicaid Supportive Housing Benefit.
In 2016, Connecticut was one of eight states selected through a competitive process to participate in the Medicaid-Housing Partnership Innovation Accelerator Program. Through this initiative, technical assistance was provided to help states design ways to support individuals served by Medicaid in accessing and retaining stable housing and meaningfully engaging with their health goals. Under this proposal, a 1915(i) state plan home and community-based services benefit will be developed that will serve up to 850 individuals who experience homelessness and whose average Medicaid costs exceed $40,000 per year. Transition and tenancy-sustaining supports have been found to be effective at achieving housing stability as well as improved health, community integration and life satisfaction. Funding is also included in the Department of Housing to support this effort.

Here is what you can do: Submit Written Testimony or Testify in Person.
  1. Download Talking Points/ Testimony Template Here.
  2. Email written testimony to and by 10am tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th
  3. Please inform Sarah Fox and Danielle Hubley know if intend to testify in person by 10am tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5th

Please email written testimony in Word or PDF format on your organizations letterhead to and (Template above provides guidelines for format). Written testimony should be limited to matters related to comments related to the Department of Social Services budget. All public hearing testimony, written and spoken, is public information.
Budget and Appropriations Process Webinar Recording

Click Here to watch webinar. Click Here to view the webinar slides.

In this recording of a webinar originally streamed on January 31, Kate Robinson from Gallo & Robinson, Kiley Gosselin from the Partnership for Strong Communities, and Richard Cho from the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, covers critical information regarding the budget and appropriations process, the Reaching Home CT Legislative Agenda, advocacy strategies, and information regarding the upcoming 2019 Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days.
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
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