What is the 1,000 Homes effort?
During a global pandemic and economic recession, it's especially important that everybody has a safe, stable home. That's why organizations across Connecticut are partnering to create the 1,000 Homes effort to move our state's residents from homelessness to permanent housing. From June 1 until September 30, 2020, our goal is to house 1,000 people experiencing homelessness using funding from the federal CARES Act.
Why is it important for people to have stable housing during COVID-19?
COVID-19 is a virus that spreads quickly in congregate, indoor spaces. Any densely-packed indoor space is at risk of becoming a vector for spreading COVID. And homeless shelters, much like bars or concert halls, fit that bill.
When COVID first hit Connecticut, we knew we had to re-imagine our shelter system. In March, regional homelessness organizations worked with the state to secure fifteen hotel contracts to provide individual, non-congregate living spaces. Now, those hotel contracts are starting to expire. Our focus now shifts from acute prevention of COVID-19 spread to sustainability.
Safe, affordable, and permanent housing is the only solution to homelessness. When our state's residents have stable housing, their economic and health outcomes improve. This is true under any circumstance. but during COVID-19, permanent housing has become even more important.
How can I stay up to date on 1,000 Homes?
CT CAN Data has developed a data dashboard to track the progress of the 1,000 Homes effort. Click here to view the dashboard. Data is available for each individual region of Connecticut, including data on age, race/ethnicity, and gender.
In addition, our Reaching Home Campaign is releasing a bi-weekly newsletter with news, data updates, and feature stories from 1,000 Homes. You can sign up for this newsletter by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
An archive of previous newsletters can be found below: