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Prevention and Intervention
We support efforts to improve the ways that local organizations and government work together to address homelessness in their communities.We are committed to helping bring about an end to homelessness by moving away from traditional emergency responses to homelessness (like solely relying on temporary housing or shelters) and building a system that focuses on long-term and permanent solutions. While most communities have several dedicated providers that work with individuals experiencing homelessness, those that are most successful at ending homelessness have an organized network of programs to tackle homelessness together: assessing the needs of each person or family, targeting limited resources at the most effective solution for that person, and prioritizing helping those most at risk. An effective response system has a range of levels to meet the needs of individuals who just need short-term support until they can be self-sufficient to those who are facing significant challenges and need a greater level of support. We support collaborations that break down walls, bring all agencies that work with people experiencing homelessness together, and move communities to action. Learn more about our long-term involvement in Connecticut's Reaching Home campaign
Rapid Re-housingEven a short spate of homelessness can have a devastating impact on individuals—especially children—and that's why we are especially encouraged by the success of “rapid re-housing” as an intervention. Rapid re-housing helps families and individuals get back into stable housing as quickly as possible, usually within 30 days, to minimize the trauma that comes with losing a home. Rapid re-housing provides short term financial assistance to cover expenses (rent, security deposits, and utilities) and other supports (housing search and landlord negotiation) to help people move quickly from homelessness into permanent housing. In Connecticut, we’ve seen exciting results from this strategy. Three years after receiving rapid re-housing, 95% of families and 82% of single residents have stayed housed and not returned to a shelter. In 2015, we launched Secure Jobs Connecticut a pilot program to see if linking rapid re-housing with employment assistance would increase the economic security of families moving from homelessness to housing.
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