Legislative Priorities

 

The Partnership for Strong Communities, on behalf of the Reaching Home Campaign, has published the Opening Doors-CT legislative recommendations for the 2017 legislative session. These include recommendations to: preserve funding for critical housing and homelessness services and supports. 

The legislative recommendations, created in collaboration with community providers, state agencies, Opening Doors-CT Work Groups, the Reaching Home Coordinating Committee, and the Reaching Home Steering Committee, are as follows:

Support DOH Housing and Homelessness line item--$74M

Frontline homeless services, outreach, emergency shelters, and the Rental Assistance Program (RAP) are essential to aid those who have fallen into homelessness and move them quickly to housing.

Support DMHAS Housing Supports and Services line item--$23M

Supportive housing continues to be the most effective housing model to assist people experiencing chronic homelessness and is proven to cut public system costs by up to 70%.

Preserve DOH Homeless Youth line item -- $2.3M

Youth outreach service, crisis housing for youth, and permanent housing options are essential services to transition youth from crisis to stability. 

Preserve bond funding for the Homeless Prevention and Response Fund

These capital funds can be utilized to create scattered site permanent supportive housing and rapid rehousing and are critical to the effort to end all forms of homelessness in Connecticut.

Preserve DOH resources for Coordinated Access Networks (CANs)

The CAN infrastructure enables us to assist individuals in a coordinated and streamlined way to help them exit homelessness to housing. 2-1-1, which fields an average of 7,650 calls monthly, serves as the 24/7 front door to homelessness assistance for anyone in need. Since January 2015, CANs have conducted 16,632 intake appointments for shelter and housing services. The Community Invest Act resources (CIA) at the DOH have provided critical funding to support the streamlined operation of the CAN system.

A more in-depth explanation of the Reaching Home’s recommendations can be accessed here