Announcements, Homelessness, Supportive Housing

Zero: 2016 CT Efforts Ramp Up

Partnership for Strong Communities, CT Coalition to End Homelessness
Welcome to 2016, the year we will end chronic homelessness in Connecticut!

Working together, Connecticut has made great strides over the last year in our efforts to reach our Zero: 2016 goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016:

  • We’re making use of the state’s eight Coordinated Access Networks to develop collaborative approaches to finding and housing those experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • The State of Connecticut, particularly through the Department of Housing and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, has invested in this effort, bringing significant resources to the table.
  • CANs are forming teams and developing new ways of doing business that make use of the resources available in the community and coming up with new solutions to break down barriers.
  • CANs have developed by-name lists of everyone experiencing homelessness in their community. These lists are driving decision-making at the local level and helping state policy makers as they determine where and how to allocate resources.
  • We’ve engaged with our national Zero: 2016 partners at Rapid Results Institute and Community Solutions for support and information on best practices happening across the nation.
What does all of this add up to? Is it making a difference?

Yes! Communities are able to identify the most vulnerable individuals experiencing homelessness and are housing them. Working together in CANs, providers have housed hundreds of chronically homeless individuals over the last year. But we need to ramp up our efforts if we’re going to meet our goals because we’ve got just 11 months left!

What comes next?

The Zero: 2016 CT team has gotten great feedback from providers in the field and we’re launching some new efforts to help us get to the goal:

  • Assembling a Zero: 2016 Core Vision Team comprised of state agency partners and statewide advocacy organizations that will help remove barriers, provide technical assistance and identify potential resources.
  • Collaborating more closely with CANs and identifying leaders in each CAN to streamline communications around what’s happening at the state and local levels, identify barriers that need to be removed, spot opportunities for technical assistance and quality improvement, and celebrate the innovative solutions CANs are using to house those experiencing chronic homelessness.
  • Shifting to a data system that makes better use of each communities’ by-name list so that we can better understand who has already been housed, who needs housing, the resources available and what further resources are needed.

There’s no doubt about it, there’s a lot of hard work ahead. But the system being built in Connecticut will better serve the vulnerable citizens we work with every day. And Connecticut’s providers, state agencies and advocates are working together as a team like never before.

So keep caring, keep working together and keep participating so we know what is working and what isn’t!

To learn more about Zero: 2016 CT, visit:

For more information, contact Sarah Fox at or Christy Rubenstein at


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