Last week, the Department of Housing announced $5 million in awards to Coordinated Access Networks for the provision of supportive services for people experiencing homelessness during the winter months in non-congregate settings and for increases in year round shelter operations. The funds are being provided from state general funds through the Department of Housing. These funds, coupled with non-congregate shelter cost reimbursement from FEMA made possible by the extension of the Governor’s emergency declaration, and the anticipated $1M commitment from municipalities, our most vulnerable residents will be protected this winter. The Reaching Home Campaign has been advocating for these funds to ensure a safe cold weather protocol. Campaign members have also been calling for funding to address the staffing crisis many shelters are facing by increasing funds to allow shelters to quickly hire, train, and pay livable wages to staff.