In May of 2019, a group of service providers came together to launch the 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness in Connecticut. The Challenge was the first state-wide effort of its kind, and resulted in 397 youth and young adults being housed statewide over the 100 days. Data from the state By-Name List showed that the number of youth experiencing homelessness decreased by 15 percent over the course of the challenge.
The 100-Day Challenge was supported by a broad-based coalition of advocates, providers, state agencies, and young adults with lived experience of homelessness. Eight regional teams participated in the 100-Day Challenge, including:
- Greater Hartford
- Meriden, Middlesex & Wallingford (MMW)
- Greater New Haven
- Fairfield County
The 2019 Youth Outreach Count, conducted by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, estimates that 5,455 young people under the age of 25 experienced homelessness or housing instability in Connecticut during the year.
The 100-Day Challenge was supported by funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), with an outpouring of philanthropic support from funders across Connecticut. Led by the Melville Charitable Trust, this collaborative funding effort has included supporting stipends for young adults with lived experience to be full members of local 100-Day Challenge teams. Funders include: American Savings Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, Connecticut Community Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, Fairfield Community Foundation, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ion Bank Foundation, Liberty Bank Foundation, Main Street Community Foundation, Manchester Interfaith Social Action Committee, Melville Charitable Trust, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, United Way of Greater New Haven, United Way Greater Waterbury, United Way Northwest, United Way of West Central Connecticut, and Webster Bank.