GROW STRONG CT
A STRONG FOUNDATION
BEGINS WITH A ROOF OVER OUR HEADS.
Someone is homeless in every city and town in Connecticut. Even if your town is considered affluent, has a quaint New England feel, or has an especially caring populace, homelessness lives where you do. The Coalition on Housing and Homelessness strives to end all types of homelessness in Middlesex County, Meriden, and Wallingford by increasing access to stable and affordable housing, ensuring individuals and families are able to secure shelter, and by increasing collaboration and civic engagement to address housing issues in our region.
It’s with mixed emotions that we let you know that Ann Faust, executive director of the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness, has announced her plan to retire from her position as of the end of January 2022. Ann deserves the heartiest thanks and congratulations as she moves into a new and more relaxed phase of her life—but all of us at the Coalition will keenly feel her loss.
EVERYONE DESERVES THE COMFORTS OF HOME.
Our job is to ensure that homelessness is rare, brief and nonrecurring. It was not too many years ago that homelessness was considered an intractable problem. Not so. In 2016, Connecticut was the first state in the nation to proclaim that it had housed all chronically homeless veterans, and had matched all chronically homeless individuals with housing. We were part of that astonishing achievement! In a nutshell, we seek long-term and sustainable solutions, rather than continuing to simply manage episodes of homelessness as they occur. With veteran and chronic homelessness solutions now working smoothly, our next goals are to conquer youth and family homelessness by 2020. Yes, we understand that there will still be homelessness. Our goal is to ensure that it is rare, brief and nonrecurring. It is a commitment to ensure that there is an appropriate, affordable roof over the head of everyone living in Meriden, Middlesex County, and Wallingford.
OPENING THE DOOR FOR OUR NEIGHBORS IN NEED.
CLOSING THE DOOR ON HOMELESSNESS.
We come from all walks of life and have joined together to tackle an issue we know cannot be solved without everyone pulling together. At our core, the Coalition on Housing and Homelessness is simply a group of local citizens that really cares about the welfare and safety of everyone in our community. Who’s in the mix? Our partners include: faith groups, organizations serving the homeless, local government, businesses, private foundations, hospitals and more. We have new members joining all the time and would welcome your support on one of our committees. We also welcome you to join us online and spread the word about our efforts — together we can make positive change!