Affordable Housing, Community Development, Homelessness, Supportive Housing

2013 Reaching Home Dinner Celebrates Outstanding Tenants, Leaders and Advocates


Some 360 people attended the Partnership’s eighth annual Reaching Home Dinner on June 12 in Cromwell to celebrate the work of people involved in efforts to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.

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Five individuals were recognized for their contributions, including Ray Spurr and Michael Rose, winners of the newly-renamed Carol Water Supportive Housing Tenant Award. Betsy Crum, executive director of the Connecticut Housing Coalition, and Carol Walter, who was the executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness until her death in December 2012, were awarded the Diane Randall Supportive Housing Leadership Award.

Dave Martineau, director of programs at Hartford’s Mercy Housing and Shelter Corp., was given the Rev. Richard Schuster Supportive Housing Advocacy Award for his years of advocacy for those in Connecticut who experience homelessness.

Among the attendees were Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman; Joette Katz, commissioner of the state Department of Children and Families; Terrence W. Macy, commissioner of the state Department of Developmental Services; Sharon Palmer, commissioner of the state Department of Labor; Patricia Rehmer, commissioner of the state Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services; Linda Spooner Schwartz, commissioner of the state Department of Veterans Affairs, and Catherine Smith, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

Also attending were Eric Chatman, president and CEO of the Connecticut Housing and Finance Authority; William Carbone, executive director of the Court Support Services Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch; and Anne Foley, under secretary for policy in the state Office of Policy and Management, along with hundreds of advocates and clients.

Mark your calendars: the next Reaching Home Dinner is June 12, 2014.

Click here to see the program for the 2013 Reaching Home Dinner and Awards.


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