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The Partnership for Strong Communities is a non-profit thought leader and policy advocacy organization focused on fostering vibrant communities, eliminating homelessness and creating homes. We believe that a strong community begins with a home for each of its members. A home is the foundation for strong neighborhoods, economic opportunity, healthy people and educational success. To this end, the Partnership creates and promotes proven solutions for homelessness, supportive and affordable housing, and community development. We connect key state and federal policymakers, local officials, corporate leaders and non-for-profit organizations so that public and private resources can be wisely used to affect positive changes in policies that make our communities better places to live and work.
Since its founding in 1998, the Partnership has successfully advocated for more than $530 million in public funding in Connecticut that has helped build homes and created programs to end chronic homelessness. We have engaged civic and elected leaders to imagine, plan, and execute effective change and to create a new paradigm of thinking about housing. The Partnership staffs two statewide campaigns, Reaching Home and HOMEConnecticut, dedicated to ending homelessness and promoting affordable housing, respectively.
Reaching Home is the campaign to build the political and civic will to end long-term homelessness in Connecticut through the creation of supportive housing. Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on-site or visiting case management and support and employment services. The Reaching Home Campaign was created in 2004 to create 10,000 units of supportive housing across Connecticut. For individuals and families experiencing long-term, chronic homelessness - and especially those with disabilities - permanent and affordable homes, complete with support services tailored to their individual needs, are the only satisfactory answer.
HOMEConnecticut is a statewide campaign aimed at increasing the stock of affordable housing in Connecticut. Housing affordability is a crucial element in Connecticut’s efforts to remain economically competitive and preserve the quality of life that has drawn population and businesses to the state. The ability of the state to attract the workers, young professionals and investment necessary to provide jobs and revenues is clearly dependent on its ability to provide the range of housing opportunities and choices needed by the full spectrum of its citizens.
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