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Reaching Home Releases 2014 Legislative Recommendations


The Reaching Home Campaign has released its statewide recommendations for the 2014 legislative session, including recommendations about the need for supportive housing and rapid re-housing, the development of a statewide Coordinated Access system, and the establishment of a pilot program that directly connects recipients of rapid re-housing to targeted employment resources and training vouchers.

The recommendations also include administrative efforts that can be furthered without new funding, and may be amended to include legislative priorities around unaccompanied youth experiencing homelessness.

Prior to the start of the 2014 legislative session, staff from the Partnership for Strong Communities and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness will visit each of the state’s Continuums of Care and Ten Year Plans to discuss the recommendations and brainstorm a uniform approach to advocacy on the statewide level.

The recommendations, created in partnership with several public and private stakeholders, propose to:

  • Expand supportive housing to address chronic homelessness in the state by creating 650 new units of permanent supportive housing annually over the next four years through a mix of scattered-site and single-site development.
  • Develop a coordinated, statewide crisis response system to more efficiently target housing assistance resources by creating a statewide rapid re-housing program that is integrated with a statewide Coordinated Access system. Reaching Home proposes the allocation of $500,000 to provide financial assistance to rapidly re-housing families experiencing homelessness, including survivors of domestic violence. Additionally, the Campaign recommends the state provide the funding to maintain a Housing Services Unit at 2-1-1 on an annual basis.
  • Target employment resources, such as training vouchers, to 50 families receiving rapid re-housing assistance in order to track outcomes, demonstrate effectiveness, and create a process for replicability.

Click here to see a full list of Reaching Home’s recommendations, including the strategies that do not require legislative action.

For more information, contact Alicia Woodsby, Deputy Executive Director, at (860) 244-0066, ext. 311.



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