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100-Day Effort to End Homelessness: Mission Accomplished

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Hartford (June 18, 2015) — More than 460 people have found stable and secure housing as a result of statewide Rapid Results 100-Day Challenges to End Homelessness in five regions across Connecticut.

Four challenges launched on March 9, and involved teams from Greater Hartford, Fairfield County, southeastern Connecticut and northeastern Connecticut. These teams joined the effort started last year in New Haven. In all, more than 140 agencies and providers were involved, impacting 85 percent of the state’s homeless population. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and Journey Home of Hartford were the project leaders.

At noon on Wednesday, June 24, the teams will gather at Community Renewal Team Inc., 555 Windsor Street, Hartford, to share their final results and celebrate their success. Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and Hartford Mayor Pedro Segarra will speak.

The results (subject to change) include:
● More than 180 highly vulnerable and long homeless individuals housed in New Haven
● More than 120 individuals and families in Fairfield County housed and another 80 matched to housing
● Nearly 50 chronically homeless individuals in Greater Hartford housed and another 46 matched to housing
● More than 60 individuals in New London County housed
● Nearly 50 individuals and families in Windham County housed

These efforts are part of Connecticut’s work 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 four states chosen for Zero: 2016, a national initiative organized by the nonprofit Community Solutions and dedicated to ending Veteran and chronic homelessness (the long-term homelessness of people with disabilities) 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.

“I know that Governor Malloy and the residents of Connecticut are proud to support the great work and innovation of all the housing providers involved in this effort. It is because of their work on the front lines, each and every day, that we are able to celebrate this progress,” said Evonne Klein, commissioner of the Department of Housing, the state lead on efforts to end homelessness. “Working together, we are closer than ever to ending chronic homelessness in Connecticut.”

Only 18 of the 71 communities involved in Zero: 2016 are on track to meet the goals and Connecticut is the only state in this small group, in large part because of the progress generated through the Rapid Results 100-Day challenges. In the last four month, providers across Connecticut have housed 371 Veterans and 229 individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.

“The 100-day efforts across the state show the power we can unleash when we let the people who do this work on the ground re-engineer the system – these efforts are helping our communities leap forward toward our Zero: 2016 goals,” said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

The 100-day initiatives brought together advocates, activists, service providers, and others to combine resources more effectively to advance the goal of ending homelessness. Each team created a plan and set goals at launch, and met at the 50-day mark to provide updates.

“The 100-Day Campaign has given us the opportunity and permission to try things temporarily and see what works and doesn’t work,” said Matt Morgan, Journey Home’s executive director. “We have been able to take some risks we would not have taken before the Campaign, and we have made it easier and faster for those who are chronically homeless to get the documentation they need and to move into housing.”

The Connecticut-based Rapid Results Institute, which developed the “100 day” approach, provided support throughout the process. Daniel Manitsky, senior catalyst with The Rapid Results Institute (RRI) said, “The Rapid Results Institute’s work helped break-down walls between organizations and, in some cases, different municipalities, to help ensure everyone was able to provide more efficient, effective services to those in need. The work also helped communities improve their targeting of resources, allowing the most intense services to be provided to those that needed the most help.

“The 100-day projects, which we successfully carried out in New Haven last year and continue to roll out in other states across the U.S., help frontline workers set-up and take more of a leadership role,” Manitsky said. “Developing their skills as managers and leaders, while allowing for new ideas and voices to be integrate in efforts to strengthen the system for helping those who are struggling to find stable housing.”

The 100-Day Challenges were funded by:
● Alpha Community Services YMCA
● Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation
● City of Hartford
● Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut
● Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
● Connecticut Mental Health Center Foundation
● Hartford Foundation for Public Giving
● Journey Home of Hartford
● Melville Charitable Trust
● NewAlliance Foundation
● Opening Doors Fairfield County
● Supportive Housing Works
● United Way of Coastal Fairfield County
● United Way of Greater New Haven
● United Way of Southeastern Connecticut
● Yale-New Haven Hospital

Greater Hartford Open Benefits Journey Home

Journey Home would like to thank the Connecticut Commercial Real Estate Alliance and Winstanley Enterprises for honoring us as the benefiting charity at the 9th Annual Greater Hartford Open on June 8th.

A variety of ticket options and packages are available, making a great gift for that golfer in your life (Fathers Day is coming!), and even the non-golfer can enjoy a delicious meal for a good cause.  Follow this link to register. Larger parties or participating organizations  can view the sponsorship packages below. All proceeds will support Journey Home in their efforts to end chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford by the end of 2016. We hope to see you there!

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Haircuts for Humanity!

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We all know how transformative a simple haircut can be. Our goal is to complete 80 haircuts on June 15th, in hopes of bringing a renewed sense of confidence and self-esteem to our friends and neighbors experiencing homelessness. Please consider sponsoring a haircut. All proceeds will go to Journey Home as they continue to lead the effort of ending chronic homelessness in the Greater Hartford region. The suggested donation is $25; you can contribute by check made out to Journey Home or via paypal (no account needed).





Spring Newsletter 2015

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Greater Hartford Homeless Resource Fair: Volunteers Needed!

This event, organized by the 100-day team, is an exciting chance to get our chronically homeless neighbors ready to apply for housing. Pre-register for the event HERE and register as a Volunteer HERE!!

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2014 Annual Report Now Available

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Whole Foods Market Supports Journey Home for 5% Day

We are excited to announce that this Wednesday, April 8th, 5% of all proceeds at Whole Foods Market of West Hartford will be donated to Journey Home. We are very grateful for the opportunity to spread awareness and appreciate this show of support for ending homelessness in Greater Hartford. So save all the shopping for Wednesday, it’s the perfect chance to stock up and give back!

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Journey Home Accepting Pledges for Birdies for Charity Fundraiser

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Since 2004 the Birdies for Charity fundraiser has been a staple of the Travelers Championship and an exciting opportunity for every non-profit in the Northeastern United States. Last year the championship raised $1.56 million for some 140 charities.

Similar to a walk-a-thon, donors pledge a small amount for each birdie made during the six-day tournament. For example, a 10-cent pledge with 1,500 birdies made will raise a total of $150. With the 1,828 birdies made at last year’s championship, $22,000 was raised for Journey Home. This impressive sum also earned us a booth in the “Fan Zone”, and the opportunity to raise awareness among the event’s 50,000 attendees.

In 2015 we are striving to surpass last year’s record breaking total. The pledges we receive will help ensure that we meet our goal of ending chronic homelessness in Greater Hartford by 2016. If you support this mission we ask that you please visit Journey Home’s pledge submission form here.

Thanks to Travelers Championship, Cohn Reznick, Connecticut Association of Nonprofits, Ford and other generous sponsors, Journey Home is afforded this amazing opportunity every year. Catch all the action June 22-28th at the TPC River Highlands in Cromwell. We’ll see you in the Fan Zone!

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.

Greater Hartford’s 100 Day Rapid Results Campaign

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On December 3rd sixty members of the Greater Hartford community assembled at the Lumsden Center of CRT to begin planning for Greater Hartford’s 100-Day Rapid Results Campaign. This stakeholders meeting was a productive and powerful show of solidarity for a campaign that will depend on strong partnerships and innovative solutions to succeed. Led by Journey Home Executive Director Matt Morgan and co-facilitated by Nadim Matta of Rapid Results Institute, the conversation focused on collective problem solving and team building. “We will be looking for team members who are passionate about ending homelessness,” Matt Morgan said, “who are involved in direct service delivery while having sufficient status and credibility in their organization to influence the way things are done.”

In two short hours, representatives from a broad spectrum of state and federal agencies as well as housing, shelter and medical care providers identified the most prominent barriers to housing Greater Hartford’s chronically homeless. Areas of focus included: increasing the percentage of housing resources for the chronic/vulnerable population, preparing data systems to track progress and decreasing the number of requirements preventing clients from accessing housing. Task forces were established to tackle each of these areas, and begin preparing deliverable goals for the 100-Day kick-off in March. This productive session made it clear that there is a collective will to innovate and address what is not working for the homeless community. After the recent success of New Haven’s 100-Day Campaign, with 171 formerly homeless individuals housed, Journey Home and our partners are excited to see what can be achieved for Greater Hartford.

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