Fighting Homelessness

Opening Doors

Home: A safe haven. But for many, a home is out of reach.

On any given day, 447 homeless families are living in Connecticut shelters. Of the individuals who have received homeless services, 74% were in families, and 41% of them are children. The impact on children of moving from shelter to shelter creates other problems such as absenteeism and loss of literacy, affecting their ability to learn.

Fortunately there are resources, tools and the right people from non-profits, municipalities and businesses coming together to change this condition. Two cities in Coastal Fairfield County have developed Ten Year Plans to end and prevent homelessness. Greater Bridgeport and Greater Norwalk are working diligently to execute these plans, which are structured to provide a variety of support mechanisms that put families in transition into permanent housing quickly, and to ensure that individuals receive the long-term support they need.

Click Here to view The Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Bridgeport.

Click Here to view The Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness in Norwalk.

The high cost of housing in Connecticut is well documented. The recent “Out of Reach” report released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows that the hourly wage needed to afford a two-bedroom apartment at fair market rent in the Bridgeport metro area is $24.56, and in Stamford-Norwalk $34.02. This is the second highest metro area rent in the country. For this reason, our work includes developing supportive housing units that provide housing with wrap-around support services, and an affordable housing collaborative that works with developers to ensure there are housing opportunities for low and moderate income families in our community.

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County manages the local Homeless Management Information System (HMIS), a federal requirement in reporting work on ending homelessness. The main objective is to compile HMIS-generated quarterly updates on shelter use, which provide early indicators of how homelessness is changing over the course of the year. 

UWCFC is part of a consortium of three southwestern Connecticut Continua (Stamford, Bridgeport, and Norwalk) to increase efficiency and technical support to agencies required to enter data into the system. HUD Hartford has noted our model as a best practice.  In addition, HUD chose the Bridgeport Continuum as one of nine communities in the country to participate in the national Homelessness Pulse Project study.

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Dear Community Partner,

The GB-OD CoC 2013 HUD NOFA Application is now posted, and may be reviewed on the United Way website.  The link is provided for your convenience. www.unitedwaycfc.org/openingdoors

Thank you!

Greater Bridgeport Opening Doors
Standards & Evaluation Committee
 

GB CoC Application

GB CoC Application Project Priority

GB-OD Public Community Meeting Minutes Ranking and Motions

Any questions regarding the application, please contact Joyce Platz at (203) 362-3925.

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Dear Community Partner,

The Norwalk CoC 2013 HUD NOFA Application is now posted, and may be reviewed on the United Way website.  The link is provided for your convenience. www.unitedwaycfc.org/openingdoors

Thank you!

Norwalk CoC Application

Norwalk CoC Application Project Listing

Norwalk  Performance Monitoring Tool 10-2013 and Ranking Process

Any questions regarding the application, please contact Chris Jachino LCSW, at (203)523-5334.

 

 

United Way of Coastal Fairfield County thanks Citizens Bank Foundation for their support of Destination Home.