A Framework for Ending Homelessness
Opening Doors – CT is a framework to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut that is aligned with the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness. The leadership structure for planning and oversight of Opening Doors – CT is the Reaching Home Campaign, which is guided by the vision that no one should experience homelessness, that no one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.
This vision and the core values that direct the work of the Reaching Home Campaign are articulated in the Opening Doors – CT framework. The core values embraced by Reaching Home are:
- Homelessness is unacceptable. It is solvable and preventable.
- There are no “homeless people,” but rather people who have lost their homes who deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.
- Homelessness is expensive. Invest in solutions.
To fulfill the vision of ending homelessness in our state, the Reaching Home Campaign - through the Opening Doors – CT framework - has adopted the goals laid out by the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness:
- Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2017.
- Prevent and end homelessness among families, youth and children by the end of 2020.
- Set a path to ending all types of homelessness.
In implementing the Opening Doors – CT framework, the Reaching Home Campaign will focus on the following key principles:
- Stable housing is the foundation.
- What happens at the ground level matters.
- Collaboration is fundamental to our success.
- Our strategies and solutions must be driven in a way that puts the person or family facing homelessness at the center.
- Strategies must be implementable, user-friendly, cost-effective, and scalable.
Reaching Home Steering Committee:
The Reaching Home Steering Committee, a broad-based coalition made up of more than 50 community stakeholders, will provide the guidance and support needed to implement the Opening Doors – CT framework. Click here to learn more about the Reaching Home Steering Committee.
Workgroups will advance key strategies in the following areas:
- Affordable and Supportive Housing - Click here to learn more about this Workgroup. Resources about Supportive Housing are available here.
- Retooling the Crisis Response System - Click here to learn more about this Workgroup. Resources on this topic are available here.
- Health and Housing Stability - Click here to learn more about this Workgroup.
- Youth and Young Adult Homelessness - Click here to learn more about this Workgroup.
- Veterans - Click here to learn more about this Workgroup.
- Chronic Homelessness - Zero:2016.
Click here to learn more about Connecticut's Zero: 2016 effort to end homelessness among Veterans by 2015 and chronic homelessness by 2016.
OD-CT HEARTH Data Dashboard:
As part of our efforts to use data to drive decision-making, Opening Doors-CT has developed a data dashboard looking at metrics related to homelessness: length of homelessness episode, length of time in shelter, number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time and number of people experiencing repeat episodes of homelessness. Available reports:
Opening Doors - CT Framework:
Learn more by reading the full Opening Doors – CT framework document or its separate components:
- Executive Summary
- Context for the Opening Doors-CT Framework
- What do we know about homelessness in CT
- CT’s system for addressing homelessness and needed changes
- Laying the Groundwork for Action
- Appendix A
- Appendix B
- Appendix C
A presentation that outlines the structure of the Reaching Home Campaign and the goals of Opening Doors – CT is available here.
A one-page fact sheet about Opening Doors - CT is available here.
A two-page summary of the Reaching Home Recommendations for FY 2017-2018 is available here.
For more information about Opening Doors – CT, contact Alicia Woodsby, Partnership for Strong Communities.
Last Updated: October 27, 2017