NEW BRITAIN - This Saturday, several Central Connecticut towns will celebrate an accomplishment 100 days in the making: housing over 40 homeless youth.
New Britain, Berlin, Bristol, Plainville, and Southington, all part of the Central Connecticut Coordinated Access Network, all participated in the nationwide “Reaching Home Ending Homelessness 100 Day Challenge.”
On May 1, the cities vowed to house at least 40 homeless youth ages 18 to 24 and connect them to health, education, and employment services.
“To house 41 homeless youth over the last 100 days is an amazing accomplishment,” said New Britain Mayor Erin Stewart in a press release. “This is a testament to the strong community partnerships we have here in our community, and region. This work is a continuation of our Building Hope Together efforts, which have been ongoing for more than a decade to ensure that no one goes homeless.”
The challenge concludes Aug. 8. The American Savings Foundation, Journey Home, United Way, and the state Department of Housing provided funding to house the young people.
Several groups also helped in the effort, including: the City of New Britain Community Services department, The Friendship Service Center, the Salvation Army, OIC of New Britain, YWCA New Britain, Community Health Resources, Prudence Crandall, Partnerships for Strong Communities, and the Human Resources Agency of New Britain. The groups met every week at the YWCA’s East Side Community Center to work toward their goal.
The 100 Day Challenge Wrap Up To End Youth Homelessness will be this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the OIC of New Britain, 114 North St.
Community groups will have tables at the event. Stewart will also hold her Mobile Mayor’s Office. Several local churches and New Britain’s Roots mobile farmers market will also be there. Free hot dogs and hamburgers will be available, as well as chips, an ice cream truck, music and more.
Michelle Jalbert can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.