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Affordable Housing , Homelessness

Fairfield County Community Foundation Awards Grant to the Partnership

28 July 2014

The Partnership for Strong Communities has received a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation to support Reaching Home, the Partnership’s campaign to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut.

In the last year, the Campaign has, with its partners, encouraged the Governor and Legislature to commit $127 million in bonding for a variety of affordable housing activities, as well as released a landmark study, “Invisible No More,” the state’s first comprehensive study of runaway and unaccompanied youth. The grant will allow the Partnership to complete a comprehensive, statewide planning process to create appropriate service options for this hard-to-reach population. In addition, the grant will allow the Campaign to continue its work to mobilize the resources and support to implement strategies developed through a statewide planning process, including more units of permanent supportive housing, expansion of rapid re-housing, integrated employment and housing assistance initiatives, and a targeted hospital initiative, among others.  

“We are thrilled to continue the work of Opening Doors with our strong partners in Fairfield County. There have been several recent developments across Fairfield County in ending homelessness and expanding affordable housing options that coordinate local, state and federal investment. The Foundation’s support further highlights the connection between our statewide advocacy, policy and planning work to the critical efforts at the local level.”

The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit

With the vision that no one should experience homelessness, that no one should be without a safe, stable place to call home, Reaching Home embraces the values that homelessness is unacceptable and it is preventable, and that allowing homelessness – doing nothing – is more expensive that investing in solutions. Reaching Home is the leadership structure for planning and oversight of Opening Doors-CT, which is modeled after the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness. The program is based on the goals of the federal plan that will:

  • Finish the job of ending chronic homelessness by 2017.
  • Prevent and end homelessness among Veterans by 2017.
  • Prevent and end homelessness among families, youth and children by 2022.
  • Set a path to ending all types of homelessness.

For more information, contact Susan Campbell, development/communications director, 860-244-0066, ext. 352, or email her at