100-Day Campaign Kicks Off in Hartford
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman will kick off Connecticut’s latest 100-day effort to reduce chronic homelessness at 9:30 a.m. Monday, March 9 at Community Renewal Team’s Lumsden Center, 555 Windsor St. in Hartford.
The 100-day initiative involves advocates, activists, service providers, and others coming together to put existing resources together more effectively to advance the goal of ending homelessness. The Connecticut-based Rapid Results Institute, which developed the “100 day” approach will provide support.
Participating areas of the state include Greater Hartford, Fairfield County, and eastern Connecticut. Last year, a similar effort in New Haven led to the housing of 160 people who had long been homelessness in that community, the vast majority with disabilities including severe mental health conditions and chronic illnesses. In less than six months, this effort was hugely successful.
The effort starts with a two-day boot camp on Monday, the end of which will be marked by remarks by Connecticut Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein at 2:30 on March 10 at the Lumsden Center.
The project is part of Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness among veterans by the end of 2015, and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Earlier this year, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced that Connecticut was one of six states chosen for Zero 2016, a national initiative organized by the nonprofit Community Solutions and dedicated to ending veteran and chronic homelessness within the next two years. At the same time, the governor announced an expansion of existing permanent housing subsidies meant to help the state move toward that goal.
“New Haven’s 100-day results in housing so many in urgent need show the power of this model,” said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, a sponsor of the effort. “We are excited to bring this opportunity to other Connecticut communities who can capitalize on the new resources available. We know this effort will advance our progress toward the Zero: 2106 goals.”
“Governor Malloy has a remarkably deep understanding of this problem and the cost effective solutions needed to end veteran and chronic homelessness,” says Matt Morgan, executive director of Journey Home, the organization leading the 100-Day effort in Greater Hartford. “His vision for a healthier, safer, and stronger Connecticut is clearly demonstrated in his commitment to championing Zero: 2016.”
Follow Hartford’s 100 Day Campaign here.