On June 22, over 30 business, academic and civic leaders, as well as local officials from Bridgeport and the towns of Fairfield and Stratford participated in a bus tour of supportive housing in the City of Bridgeport.
The Bridgeport Housing First model is a locally developed approach for ending homelessness that links federal affordable housing funding with strategic partners including the Bridgeport Housing Authority. It emerged from the Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, developed six years ago in partnership with the City of Bridgeport, the Greater Bridgeport Area Continuum of Care and the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.
"Because supportive housing is, first and foremost, housing, it blends seamlessly into neighborhoods," said Mayor Bill Finch. "These developments and programs pave the way for neighborhood renewal as individuals and families improve their quality of life. It is critical to continue this momentum for supportive housing in our region."
Featured on the tour were the Franklin-Eleanor Apartments, Washington Park Apartments and scattered site units located throughout the city.
"By working with the City to promote supportive housing and endorse successful programs like Bridgeport Housing First, we can collectively accomplish the goal we set out as a community to effectively end homelessness," said Merle Berke-Schlessel, President and CEO of the United Way of Coastal Fairfield County.