Homelessness

CT Youth Homelessness 100 Day Challenge - One Week to Go!

 

100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness

 

One Week to Go & Southeast Community Spotlight!

The teams have successfully housed or diverted 245 youth and young adults from homelessness and connected them to services through the 100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness in Connecticut. The Central team has achieved its housing goal by safely and stably housing 40 unaccompanied youth and young adults between the ages of 16-24. Congratulations Central! They are currently working on their subgoal to actively engage 80% of those housed to services.

If you haven’t already, go to ctcandata.org (Youth 100 Days 2019) to view your community’s progress toward their goals.

Community Spotlight: Southeast Team

With less than a week remaining, the teams are diligently working to inch closer to their goals by addressing the needs of youth and young adults experiencing homelessness in their communities. This week we are spotlighting the Southeast team who has been doing some phenomenal work within its community. Below are some insights and system engagement work happening in Southeast.

The Southeast team might well win the prize for having the cutest & youngest honorary team members!

Their goal is to house 40 youth and young adults as part of this challenge and to date, they have stably housed 35 youth and young adults.

See below for some updates on their hard work:

The team partnered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) who has been an excellent partner to the Southeast team. They’ve helped to connect multiple young adults to DMHAS’ Young Adult Services program.

They have also engaged multiple McKinney-Vento liaisons (school district personnel responsible for serving students experiencing homelessness) to join their effort. The McKinney-Vento liaison from the New London Public Schools served as an active team member and helped the group clarify the data between the two systems.

The youth partners have developed several flyers to improve outreach to youth and to engage local systems partners. They have also independently organized a youth outreach event, that was attended by over 18 youth. This served as a catalyst to identify youth who were experiencing homelessness and housing instability in their community. The team was able to directly connect the youth to resources and services.

As part of their community outreach plan, the team has been attending Ocean Beach family car events every Monday night. They have also participated in town "Night Out" events. As for new developments, look for an article coming soon in The New London Day describing the hard work of the team.

Upcoming Events and Workshop

  • On August 28 and 29th, the teams will meet for a workshop to discuss sustainability of the gains achieved during the Challenge. They will share insights, lessons learned, and plans for how to sustain the momentum after the Challenge. All team members should plan to attend the workshop. Change Stewards and Team Leads, please send in your team RSVPs to Carline Charmelus at carline@pschousing.org.

For more information on the CT Youth Homelessness 100 Day Challenge contact Charlie Shaddox at charlie@pschousing.org or go to the Partnership for Strong Communities 100-Day Challenge webpage.

 
 

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