Homelessness

Zero: 2016 CT Making Strides

 

Together, we are making progress in our efforts to reach our goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Over the past month, Connecticut’s Zero: 2016 effort has been focused on strengthening efforts to end chronic homelessness by aligning the statewide Zero: 2016 initiative with the work taking place in the state’s eight Coordinated Access Networks (CANs).

Our first step was to convene a Zero: 2016 Core Vision Team comprised of representatives from the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, Partnership for Strong Communities, Corporation for Supportive Housing, CT Department of Housing, CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, Community Solutions and Rapid Results Institute. The Core Vision Team is tasked with providing technical assistance, working to remove barriers and identifying potential resources to further the effort.

The Core Vision Team then asked each CAN to select representatives to fill the following roles:

  • Zero: 2016 Regional Leadership representative 
  • Zero: 2016 Regional Communications representative
  • Zero: 2016 Regional Housing Captain

With this team in place, we’ve been able to move forward on several fronts:

  • Zero: 2016 Regional Leadership met and provided feedback to the Core Vision Team on a variety of issues, including housing placement tracking, communications training needs and momentum building opportunities.  
  • The Zero: 2016 Regional Housing Captains came together as a group to discuss how to improve housing placement tracking and better utilize their by-name lists.
  • The CT Department of Housing provided guidance to CANs, with input from the Core Vision Team, on how to streamline the by-name lists.  This process enables CANs and the state to identify, organize and prioritize those most in need. 
  • Advocates from across all eight CANs attended advocacy days at the legislative office building in Hartford and shared their stories around ending homelessness and the necessity of continued funding in order to reach our goals.

The by-name list process is working and enables providers to identify, organize and prioritize those most in need while matching to appropriate services. While we have made progress, more needs to be done.  With nine months to go, here is what comes next:

  • Utilizing a refined data system inclusive of by-name lists, identify the number of most vulnerable chronically homeless across the state in order to target appropriate resources.
  • Continue close collaboration with the CANs to track who has been housed and what housing resources remain.
  • Invite national Zero: 2016 leaders to meet with CANs and providers across the state to further energize and mobilize our efforts.

While there is more work to do ahead, we are already making progress. Providers are working together in the CANs to house those in need. Those who are most vulnerable are being identified and provided with appropriate resources. And leaders across the state are working together towards a common goal.

For more information about Connecticut’s Zero: 2016 initiative, contact Sarah Fox (sfox@cceh.org) or Cindy Dubuque (cindy@pschousing.org). 

 
 

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