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People matter, Let’s End Homelessness

3 March 2015

Homelessness is an issue that I started becoming passionate about after hearing a woman’s testimony about how she became homeless. Her story changed my whole outlook on housing needs and homelessness in the state of Connecticut. She was a college graduate mother in her mid-thirties with three children who became homeless after getting laid off from her job and being diagnosed with a health issue. Within a three months’ time span, she could no longer afford her apartment and medical expenses. She never thought that her life would change so much in such a short period of time.

Listening to her experience made me realize that life is unpredictable. There are many factors that are out of our control, but no one should ever have to experience the fear of not having a safe place to live. Housing is a basic need that should be on the forefront of everyone’s mind.

That’s why I’m energized about my new opportunity to work as a policy analyst at the Partnership for Strong Communities. My perspective on homelessness is from a service provider standpoint. When I think about the word “homeless,” I see the faces of the people who have fallen on hard times and need our support to get back to their regular life routine. It’s always about the people, about our family, friends or neighbors who experience difficult periods in their life that lead to homelessness.

It is my vision that no one living in the state of Connecticut should ever have to experience homelessness, not even for a day. I look forward to working with my fellow Partnership staff members and all of our partner organizations throughout the state to make that vision a reality. 

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