We officially launched Connecticut’s 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness, and we are now 33 days in! Each region has set its own ambitious goal. Collectively, we aim to safely and stably house 450 youth and young adults between the ages of 14 and 24. Of these 450, at least 213 will be successfully connected to education, employment, DCF and/or mental health services. The regional teams have set further targets to help young people with education, employment, transportation, and re-entry from the juvenile justice system. Click here for a list of the goals set by regional teams.
What the teams are excited about
- Created a Facebook page to share updates on the 100-Day Challenge. Please like and follow their page if you haven’t already!
- Partnered with three young adults who are very committed to this effort.
- Have a van that allows youth to call 211 and get connected to services. The van covers the Stamford and Bridgeport area 3 to 4 times a week.
Greater New Haven
- Developed a centralized community referral form and is connecting youth to a variety of services (i.e., employment, mental health, DCF Careline, housing).
Middlesex, Meriden, and Wallingford (MMW)
- Created a flyer to connect youth to 211 services and plans to host a block party to help get youth comfortable with 211.
Regional Data Dashboard - Coming Soon!
Beau Anderson from the CT Department of Housing (DOH) and Margaret Woley from A Way Home America are working closely to assist your teams with data collection and data dashboards specific to the regions, in order to help you track progress toward your goals. The first dashboards will be shared publicly by the end of June.
Stay tuned for more updates on the 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness! Click here to have these updates delivered to your inbox every month!