Our Partners

Our Committees

What’s your strong suit – writing, political advocacy, fundraising, website admin, graphic design? We need all those skills. The Communications and Advocacy Committee:

  • Creates press releases, fact sheets, fundraising letters, speeches, and presentations
  • Maintains this website and our social media presence
  • Plans special events such as fundraisers, leadership meetings, and legislative breakfasts
  • Advocates by interacting with state and local officials, as well as mobilizing grassroots community support

We meet the first Monday of every month from 12:30 to 1:30 pm at Middlesex United Way, 100 Riverview Center, Middletown. For more information or to join the committee, please contact Sue Murphy at smurphy@liberty-bank.com.

Here’s where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Connecticut needs more affordable housing and this committee is all about making that a reality.

The lack of affordable housing in our region has reached a crisis point. Forty-five percent of renters spend more that 30 percent of their income for housing. It contributes the flight of young families out of Connecticut and impedes the ability of businesses to recruit and keep employees.

We advocate for the development of affordable housing throughout our region to address the need of low- and moderate-income households who are at-risk of homelessness, doubled up in housing, living in motels or in other situations do not provide the stability needed for families to thrive. It takes developers, local municipalities, Planning & Zoning Commissions, advocates, and concerned citizens to create more affordable housing.

We’re ready to work with any town in Middlesex County, as well as Wallingford and Meriden, to help bring affordable and supportive housing development to fruition.

Want to help us accomplish this important work? Please contact ann@growstrongct.org.

Who better to speak the powerful truths of homelessness than those who have experienced it firsthand? Current and formerly homeless individuals serve as our link to the public. They meet with youth and community groups, faith based organizations, legislators and key community stakeholders to raise awareness about homeless issues and help remove the stigma attached to homelessness. They are also strong advocates for the necessity for stable, safe and affordable housing for everyone.

Would you like to request a speaker to address your group? Please contact ann@growstrongct.org.

Sometimes a small amount of money … a stitch in time … is all it takes to ward off homelessness. We raise, maintain and distribute funding for one-time, immediate payments for those at risk of losing housing because of a temporary financial crisis. We also seek to expand availability of services for those who were formerly homeless. It’s a move away from managing homelessness toward a commitment to preventing it.

Low-income Residents … Are you facing a temporary financial crisis that may result in your losing housing? We take  applications for emergency funding. Please contact ann@growstrongct.org or call 860-346-8695 x15.

Community Groups … Do you want to understand how new resources are making strides to reduce homelessness?

Volunteers … Are you looking for an opportunity to help improve your neighbors’ living situations?

For more about joining this committee or obtaining a speaker, please contact ann@growstrongct.org.

The Coordinated Access Network, or CAN, is a regional network of municipal, state, and nonprofit housing resources working together to assess and identify resources for individuals and families who experience homelessness. See how the CAN works.

CANs don’t just find places for people to sleep, they are focused on solving housing crises for the long term.

If you know someone experiencing homelessness, help them to call 2-1-1 (Option 3, then Option 1) and encourage them to follow through with the intake appointment. Offer transportation to the appointment if you are able.

Our Funders

Many thanks to the individual donors and these local institutions whose funding makes our work possible

Thanks, also, to these generous in-kind donors