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Community Development , Homelessness , Supportive Housing

Navigating the Intersection of Homelessness and the Criminal/Juvenile Justice System

29 March 2017
Partnership for Strong Communities (PSC)

The relationship between homelessness and juvenile and criminal justice involvement for both youth and young adult populations is being tackled nationally and in Connecticut. Having a criminal record poses significant barriers to housing and increases the risk of homelessness. Those experiencing homelessness, youth and young adults in particular, are vulnerable to having their behavior criminalized, leading them into the juvenile/criminal justice system. Removing the barriers to safe, stable and affordable housing for those involved with the criminal justice system is critial to Connecticut’s efforts to preventing and ending homelessness. How can the intersection between homelessness and criminal justice be made easier to navigate? How can federal and state policies support youth and young adult confronting both homelessness and a recidivism and guide them to a path that keeps them housed and stable? 

Speakers will share:

  • Research on the relationship between homelessness and justice system involvement. 
  • Current initiatives and promising practices to break the homelessness-to-incarceration and incarceration to homelessness cycle. 
  • How communities are leveraging resources to provide housing intervention and services for those involved in the criminal justice systems.

Speakers Include:

Naomi Smoot
Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice

Margaret diZerega
Project Director, Vera Institute of Justice

Lael Chester
Research Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School

Commissioner Scott Semple
Connecticut Department of Correction

Kymian D. Ray
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Erika Nowakowski
Director of Youth Justice Initiatives, University of New Haven

Kenneth Jackson
Outreach Supervisor, Street Safe Bridgeport

Steven Smith
Program Manager, Adolescent and Juvenile Services, CT Department of Children and Families

Event Details:

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:30am – 9:00am: Breakfast & Conversation
9:00am – 11:30am: Program
The Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 

Register early as seats are limited.

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.

Due to the popularity of these events, parking will be limited.  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.

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