Journey Home Receives $10,000 from United Bank

To help raise awareness of the need to end homelessness in the Greater Hartford region and highlight the efforts of our work, our friends at the United Bank Foundation Connecticut presented us with a $10,000 check during “United Bank Night” on Friday, August 11 at Dunkin Donuts Park, the home of the Hartford Yard Goats.

“Journey Home’s mission is to ensure there is a home for all. But they can’t do it alone. Their success in ending homelessness in the region hinges on the continued generosity of corporate and community partners as well as the hard work and dedication of their volunteers. So when we heard about Journey Home and learned about the impact they’ve had in Greater Hartford over the past decade, we proudly joined the list of strategic partners who are helping them end chronic homelessness,” said William H.W. Crawford, IV, CEO of United Bank.

We are grateful for the support of the United Bank Foundation.

Charitable Society in Hartford Awards Journey Home $13,000

We are thrilled to announce that we have received a very generous grant from the Charitable Society in Hartford. The Charitable Society has been helping people in need in the City of Hartford since 1809. With their recent focus on homelessness, they invited us to apply for a grant.

This $13,000 grant will provide funding for housing implementation and stabilization. Funding for implementation and stabilization can really be monumental.

Funding for stabilization purposes is integral to a household who is moving into their first apartment in many years. Even small expenses can become huge issues for clients that can create real barriers to sustainable housing. A pool of funding to help manage these relatively minor financial burdens makes an enormous impact on the ability of our providers to help clients get into, and remain in, supportive housing.

People experiencing homelessness face barriers to obtaining housing that many of us take for granted. Implementation funding is used to assist people with obtaining photo IDs, birth certificates, and social security cards that may have been lost or stolen over the years. It pays for application fees to apply for housing units, to pay off utility arrears or to pay for security deposits, for clients who have no or very limited income and are not eligible for other programs that exist.

Once in an apartment the challenges continue. For many of these households these units might be the first lease they have ever held in their own name. They face the task of learning how to be a good tenant, how to manage their apartment to follow their lease while they often are also living with mental, behavioral and physical health conditions. Stabilization funding can be used to pay for lost keys, to help furnish apartments, to pay for everyday household products that many of us often take for granted. Stabilization funding is also used to provide these households with second chance opportunities by paying for damages they may have caused to the unit during this learning process.

We are so grateful to the Charitable Society in Hartford for their commitment to our work and mission!