On Wednesday, July 25th Connecticut providers held meetings with Connecticut’s Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill to highlight our statewide effort to end homelessness, share our client’s success stories, and advocate for federal homeless response resources. The delegation for the National Alliance on Ending Homelessness Capitol Hill Day included representatives from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, Partnership for Strong Communities, Columbus House, Journey Home, Salvation Army-Waterbury, and New Reach.
During conversations with housing legislative staffers in the offices of both Senators and all our Congressional representatives, Team CT emphasized the fact that our housing and homeless assistance programs are effective, efficient and pivotal for continuing the progress toward ending homelessness. This year, participants focused on key priorities such as funding for HUD’s McKinney-Vento Homelessness Assistance Grants, rejecting any proposals that include work requirements, funding for rental assistance and affordable housing programs, and eliminating the sunset date for the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH).
One of the key lessons from Capitol Hill Day was that our voices are needed more than ever, and it is imperative that we let Congress know how important federal funding is to ending homelessness. Please click here to reach out to Congress and let them know how federal funding is impacting the lives of the clients that you serve.
Check out these fact sheets and other resources from our legislative agenda: