Community Development, Homelessness, Supportive Housing

Upcoming ATI Celebrates Connecticut’s Groundbreaking Work towards Ending Homelessness

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

Katie Kenney, Programs Development Coordinator, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

In a few short years, the homeless services landscape has fundamentally changed and Connecticut has become a national leader in the fight to end homelessness. Initiatives - like the Coordinated Access Networks, which have expanded collaboration and communication between resources in the state; Continuum of Care, which promotes community-wide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; and Opening Doors-CT, which uses a collective impact model to advance solutions to ending homelessness - are streamlining housing placement and optimizing how resources are used.

Not long ago, many service providers worked within distinct “silos.” Agencies struggled to connect their clients with outside existing resources. Shelters or service providers in the same region were not always coordinating effectively with each other and in many cases the collaboration required to meet the needs of homeless families and individuals in their community was not there. Many families and individuals in need of housing found themselves on waitlists for months or even years. 

Recognizing the need for change, Connecticut providers sought new methods for serving and housing their clients. With leadership from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, the Partnership for Strong Communities, the Departments of Housing and Mental Health and Addiction Services, and other key agencies and organizations, providers came together to reshape how Connecticut responds to homelessness.

The changes in this system will be highlighted at the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ Annual Training Institute, or ATI, which is held each May. The 2016 ATI will take place on May 12, 2016 from 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM at the Connecticut Convention Center. This event brings together service providers, advocates and communities across the state to share successes, initiatives, and objectives to bring an end to homelessness in Connecticut.

The speakers at this year’s ATI, Jennifer Ho and Lisa Pape, have been part of generating momentum in Connecticut. Jennifer Ho, Senior Advisor for Housing and Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), oversaw the creation of “Opening Doors,” the country’s revolutionary, first coordinated federal plan to end homelessness. Connecticut has modeled “Opening Doors-CT” on this federal plan, and we have built on our efforts by aligning state resources through this targeted and coordinated initiative. 

Lisa Pape is the National Director of Homeless Programs for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). She has led the VA in collaboration with HUD in meeting the goals of the Zero: 2016 initiative to end Veterans homelessness and chronic homelessness.

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We hope to see you there!

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