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Ending Family Homelessness: A Focus on the Entire Family

28 March 2018
Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC)

What is the key to ending family homelessness? In Connecticut, we are creating a response system that quickly exits families out of homelessness and connects them to services that focus on improving the overall well-being, health, education and economic stability of both parents and children. This IForum will explore a collaborative approach that crosses these multiple systems to ensure that the needs of the entire family are addressed.

Featuring Presentations by: 

Jasmine Hayes
Deputy Director, United States Interagency Council on Homelessness

Jasmine leads the Council’s work to prevent and end youth and family homelessness. Over the past 15 years, Jasmine has worked with local and state leaders to strengthen child welfare practices. At the District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency, she spearheaded the development of housing resources for child welfare-involved families, increased access to permanent settings, and launched the Title IV-E waiver demonstration project.

Matthew H Morton Ph.D. 
Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago

Matthew’s work focuses on developing and working on strategic policy research initiatives related to youth and community development. He will share research on the prevalence of young parents experiencing homelessness and highlight policy recommendations on how system services can be dually responsive to the needs of parenting young adults who are experiencing homelessness.

Expert Panel

Monette M. Ferguson Ph.D. (Moderator)
Director of Early Learning & Chief Compliance Officer, ABCD, Inc. 

David Wilkinson J.D.
Commissioner, CT Office of Early Childhood 

Kristina Stevens
Deputy Commissioner, CT Department of Children and Families

Steve DiLella
Director of Individual and Family Support Program Unit
CT Department of Housing 

Kimberly Karanda Ph.D., LCSW
Director of Statewide Services Division 
CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

Event Details:

Monday, April 23, 2018
8:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast & Conversation
9:00am – 11:30am: Program
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 

Register early as seats are limited.

For more information contact Carline Charmelus, Policy Analyst, Partnership for Strong Communities at 860-244-0066 or Carline at

Events are free and open to the public, but donations are welcome! A donation of any amount at registration or at the door will help to defray the costs of offering these public events.

Note: If there is inclement weather, please watch WFSB TV 3 to see if the IForum is cancelled or will start later than scheduled. 

If it snows a measurable amount the evening before or day of the IForum and the IForum has not been cancelled, it is likely that the additional parking lot around the corner from the Lyceum will not be available. In the past, attendees have parked at the Legislative Office Building and walked to the Lyceum.

Please consider carpooling or utilizing the public transportation system. CT Transit Buses 61, 63 and 69 all have stops close to the Lyceum. Also, CTfastrak's Sigourney Street Station is about a 15-minute walk to the Lyceum.