NEW BRITAIN – The American Savings Foundation recently announced that it joined four other local funders in the state wide 100-Day Challenge to End Youth Homelessness.
The local funders who are contributing to the efforts along with the Central Connecticut Coordinated Access Network include the American Savings Foundation, Main Street Community Foundation, United Way of West Central Connecticut, United Way of New Britain and Berlin and Farmington Bank Community Foundation. Central Connecticut CAN serves the communities in New Britain, Berlin, Southington, Plainville and Bristol.
“The 100-Day Challenges are an innovative way to jump-start Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness among youth and young adults,” Kiley Gosselin, executive director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, a statewide nonprofit which staffs and manages the Reaching Home Campaign to end homelessness in Connecticut, said in a press release. “We are excited to see such a diverse coalition of funders coming together to support this effort to end youth homelessness in Connecticut.”
According to the press release, the Central Connecticut CAN has a goal of safely housing 40 unaccompanied youth and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. The campaign kicked off on April 30. A number of those individuals will also be engaged in other supportive services including health education, employment and more.
Federal and state wide founders of the initiative include the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dalio Philanthropies, Webster Bank and the Melville Charitable Trust.
“It is critical that all young people in Connecticut have safe, stable places to live and opportunities to reach their full potential,” Aimee Hendrigan, Vice President of Programs at the Melville Charitable Trust said in the press release. “We are pleased to support this innovative effort that prioritizes the voices of youth with lived experience of homelessness.”
The press release states that in 2018, 5,054 unaccompanied youth were homeless or with unstable housing in Connecticut. The state has other plans to continue to end homelessness by the end of 2020.
To learn more about the initiative, visit www.pschousing.org/youth-100-day-challenge .
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