Advocacy Day a Great Success

 

Cindy Dubuque, Reaching Home Campaign Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities and Sarah Fox, Director of Advocacy and Community Impact, CT Coalition to End Homelessness

This legislative session, over 120 legislators and staffers heard from providers of homeless services and constituents on the importance of efforts to end homelessness in CT during the 3rd Annual Housing and Homelessness Advocacy Day co-organized by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Partnership for Strong Communities.

Our message to legislators is clear: investing in efforts to end homelessness works.  This is  evidenced by the data and our achievements, including Connecticut’s recognition as the first state in the nation to end chronic homelessness among veterans, followed by our being recognized as the second  state in the nation to end veteran homelessness. As long as we maintain momentum, through continued investments in funding and resources, we can achieve our next goal of ending all chronic homelessness, relieving costs in other areas of our public systems, including emergency services, schools, hospitals, and the criminal justice system.

Providers and advocates from each of the eight Coordinated Access Networks shared these messages as well as their personal experiences. Those who experienced homelessness and were matched with appropriate resources, such as permanent supportive housing (“PSH”), rapid rehousing and housing vouchers (“RAP certificates”), explained how these resources enabled them to get back on their feet and into a safe, stable, affordable place to call home. Providers discussed their successes and efforts to end homelessness in their communities and the ongoing need for funding and support to achieve our Zero: 2016 goal of ending chronic homelessness.

In order to reach our goals, we are asking legislators to create 150 units of permanent supportive housing to end chronic homelessness while preserving current resources for case management for PSH and RAP certificates. However, advocacy is not a one-time event; it is a continuous process of information sharing and educating people about our efforts and needs to do this critical work. So pick up the phone, contact your legislator, share your story, and help us to end homelessness.

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