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Zero: 2016 is an initiative to end Veteran and chronic homelessness in the next two years. It is led nationally by Community Solutions and locally by the Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC) and Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH).
In January, 40 Connecticut providers and 9 state and federal partners joined Governor Malloy in signing on to Zero: 2016. Of the 71 communities in Zero: 2016, Connecticut is one of only 4 states participating! Click here to learn more about Zero:2016.
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:
With this team in place, we’ve been able to move forward on several fronts:
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:
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.
Keep an eye out for monthly Zero: 2016 CT updates in:
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- Landlord outreach and talking points
- Forms and templates
- HUD guidance
- Landlord engagement and recruitment deskbook
Click here to see a list of Zero: 2016 CT partners.
Contact Cindy Dubuque, Reaching Home Campaign Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities, email@example.com, 860-244-0066
Last updated: October 26, 2016