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Opening Doors – CT is a framework to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut that is aligned with the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness. The leadership structure for planning and oversight of Opening Doors – CT is the Reaching Home Campaign, which is guided by the vision that no one should experience homelessness, that no one should be without a safe, stable place to call home.
This vision and the core values that direct the work of the Reaching Home Campaign are articulated in the Opening Doors – CT framework. The core values embraced by Reaching Home are:
To fulfill the vision of ending homelessness in our state, the Reaching Home Campaign - through the Opening Doors – CT framework - has adopted the goals laid out by the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness:
In implementing the Opening Doors – CT framework, the Reaching Home Campaign will focus on the following key principles:
Reaching Home Steering Committee:
The Reaching Home Steering Committee, a broad-based coalition made up of more than 50 community stakeholders, will provide the guidance and support needed to implement the Opening Doors – CT framework. Click here to learn more about the Reaching Home Steering Committee.
Workgroups will advance key strategies in the following areas:
Click here to learn more about Connecticut's Zero: 2016 effort to end homelessness among Veterans by 2015 and chronic homelessness by 2016.
OD-CT HEARTH Data Dashboard:
As part of our efforts to use data to drive decision-making, Opening Doors-CT has developed a data dashboard looking at metrics related to homelessness: length of homelessness episode, length of time in shelter, number of people experiencing homelessness for the first time and number of people experiencing repeat episodes of homelessness. Available reports:
Opening Doors - CT Framework:
Learn more by reading the full Opening Doors – CT framework document or its separate components:
A presentation that outlines the structure of the Reaching Home Campaign and the goals of Opening Doors – CT is available here.
A one-page fact sheet about Opening Doors - CT is available here.
A two-page summary of the Reaching Home Recommendations for FY 2017-2018 is available here.
For more information about Opening Doors – CT, contact Alicia Woodsby, Deputy Executive Director, Partnership for Strong Communities.
Last Updated: November 8, 2016