Cindy Dubuque, Reaching Home Campaign Manager, Partnership for Strong Communities
Through an unprecedented collaboration between state, federal and community partners, Connecticut has created a statewide homelessness response system that quickly identifies individuals experiencing chronic homelessness (people who have been homeless repeatedly or for long periods of time, and are living with a severe disabling condition) and matches them to housing resources within 90 days.
As of January 2015, we have housed over 1,440 individuals and according to the 2017 Point in time Count released by the CT Coalition to End Homelessness , chronic homelessness has decreased 60 % since 2014 and is down 11% since 2016. Nearly 60% of those counted as chronically homeless were in the process of securing permanent housing.
These numbers show incredible progress towards solving a problem that was once deemed insurmountable. As we move into our next phase of serving this vulnerable population, we look to deepen our engagement the health care and criminal justice systems who serve this population as well.
The IForum, “Preventing Future Chronic Homelessness” explores how we integrate mainstream systems, such as behavioral health, criminal justice and the health care systems, and assure that they are equipped to address issues related to affordable and supportive housing.
Keynote speaker Terri Power, the program manager of Returning Home Ohio will share an innovative program that provides housing to incarcerated individuals with a disability who were homeless at the time of arrest and/or at risk of homelessness upon release from prison. This program has proven to reduce recidivism and prevent homelessness.
Welcome remarks from Commissioner Klein from the Department of Housing and Commissioner Delphin-Rittmon from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services will set the stage for our robust conversation. Our panel will examine programs within the criminal justice and health care systems, and includes: Chief State’s Attorney Kevin Kane; Department of Corrections Medical Director Kathleen Maurer; DMHAS Behavioral Health Manager Fred Morton; DOH Director of Individual and Family Support Program Steve DiLella ;Norwalk Hospital High Risk Navigator Staci Peete; Executive Director of CT Legal Rights Project Kathy Flaherty; and moderator David Gonzalez Rice, Community Impact Coordinated with CT Coalition to End Homelessness.
“Preventing Future Chronic Homelessness” IForum will take place on Wednesday, May 31st at 9am at the Lyceum, 227 Lawrence Street, Hartford CT. Breakfast and conversation begin at 8:30. For more information and to register click here.
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