CT Youth Homelessness 100-Day Challenge - Final Numbers & Community Spotlight

 

UPDATE 8/28/19: We've received updated data from the communities which participated in the 100-Day Challenge. In total, 397 youth and young adults were housed!

 

Final Numbers Are Coming In & GNH/MMW Community Spotlight!

Friday, August 9th, 2019 marked the last day of CT’s 100 Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness. Congratulations to all the teams for all of your hard work and dedication and to the system leaders for your support of the teams. Together, we have successfully housed or diverted 397 youth and young adults from homelessness and connected them to critical services.

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

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. After the workshop, teams will hold a local convening to implement plans locally.

Community Spotlight: Greater New Haven and MMW

This week we are spotlighting the Greater New Haven and MMW teams who have accomplished some amazing things during the last 100 days.

Greater New Haven

On July 11th, the Greater New Haven Team hosted a resource fair and cookout at Youth Continuum’s drop-in center to provide a one-stop shop for access to resources, supports, referrals, and a good summer meal! STRIVE, Workforce Alliance, and community shelter providers participated in this event. As a result, STRIVE- a youth employment program- developed a modified 5-day workshop geared towards the 100-Day Challenge youth.

The team has confirmed a new Mental Health provider (a private LCSW) as a resource for youth. This connection has helped to strengthen the mental health provider network that already existed in the region and has opened new lines of communication.

They've connected with the outreach staff in the region and plan to continue that partnership with outreach after the Challenge through their Youth Engagement Team Initiative (YETI).

The team also created a new Instagram account (https://www.instagram.com/youthcontinuum/) to blast out needs, successes, and stories. The account was created for the Challenge but designed so that Youth Continuum can manage it beyond the 100 days.

According to Tim Maguire, one of the team leads, “The 100 Day Challenge has afforded the opportunity for youth partners and providers to strengthen and grow some relationships and to also create new partnerships, all with the intent to increase and maximize connections and services for youth. Our Centralized Referral Form that was created for the Challenge has streamlined the referral and connection process for youth, and will continue to evolve after the Challenge ends.”

MMW

  • The MMW team connected with new providers, such as DCF, DMHAS YAS and criminal justice providers.
  • They’ve introduced the Youth Navigator to the PATH Outreach Case Managers to assist with connecting to youth experiencing homelessness.
  • The Team Leaders are planning to host a Block Party event in October around youth homelessness in their community.

In The News

Upcoming Events and Workshop

  • Central CAN hosted a community wide celebration on Saturday, August 10th.
  • The Fairfield team hosted a celebration Thursday, August 15th at Housatonic Community College.

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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