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Monday, November 26, 2012

LCS Transitional Living Program Wait List is Open

Liberty Community Services, Inc. is pleased to announce that the wait list for the Transitional Living Program in New Haven is open. Furthermore, the program has immediate occupancy availability.

Transitional Living Program (TLP)

Housing Type:

Transitional

Brief Description:

Transitional supportive housing and services for homeless adults who are dually diagnosed. Call Juakia Inabinet for more information on eligibility at (203) 495-1765.

Services Offered:

Shared suites in multi-family houses; on-site 24-hour staff, supportive housing, case management, counseling, substance abuse support, and independent living skill development.

Eligibility:

Homeless, low-income adults (18 and older) living with dual diagnoses; required to commit to substance-free living. Income is not required. Call for more details on eligibility.

Application Process:

Call admissions and complete phone screening with Juakia Inabinet at (203) 495-1765.

Geographic Area:

Resources are located in New Haven

Occupancy:

16 units in shared suites in multi-family houses

Length of Stay:

Up to 24 months

Fees for Services:

30% of income (if any)

Wheelchair Access:

3 units

Point in Time Count



DATE: 1/29/13  

RAIN DATE: 1/30/13 

The committee for the Point in Time (PIT) Count is forming and seeking volunteers.  If you are interested in being part of this activity,  the meetings are held on Tuesdays at 3 PM at The Connection, Inc., 525 Whalley Avenue.

 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

FYI

Waterbury Housing Authority Accepting Section 8 Pre-Applications

 
The Waterbury Housing Authority will be accepting pre-applications for the Housing Choice Voucher Program (formerly known as the Section 8 Program) beginning November 26, 2012 at 12:00AM through November 30, 2012 at 4:30PM.
Applications will be available online at www.wtbyha.com and also at the central office: 2 Lakewood Road, Waterbury, CT 06704.
Pre-applications will not be accepted in person at the Waterbury Housing Authority. Pre-applications must be mailed to the WHA, P.O. Box 11508, Waterbury, CT and must be postmarked no later than November 30, 2012. Pre-applications will also be accepted online.
Click here for the pre-applications in both English and Spanish.
Click here to access the Waterbury Housing Authority website.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fellowship Commons Waitlist is Open

Fellowship Place Homeless and Housing Services announces that one of its supportive housing projects, Fellowship Commons, has an open waitlist and is currently accepting the Universal Application.  The waitlist is open for single room occupancy (SRO) and shared rents.  Currently, individual apartments are all occupied with no moves in sight. SRO tenants are required to stay a minimum of 1 year and then are eligible to take Section 8 voucher with them. 


Requirements:

18 years and over with MH dx
Homeless or at risk of homelessness
If in recovery from substance abuse, applicant must have 1 year clean and sober
Case Management Services are provided if requested.  Applicant must be able to live independently.
Section 8 rent subsidy is based upon income thus applicant must have income (entitlements, employment or combination) 

Section 8 Requirements:

No prior evictions
No felonies within last 7 years
No misdemeanors within the past 5 years
If prior Section 8 or Housing Authority tenant, must have left in good standing

A link to the Universal Application and Provider Matrix is available to the right of this blog.

For additional information, call Elsa Ward, Director of Homeless and Housing Services at (203) 401-4227 x 1213.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Point in Time Count Coming January 29th


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The annual homelessness point in time count is fast approaching. The Count will be held this year on Tuesday, January 29, with a postponement date of Thursday, January 31. This year’s count includes both a sheltered and an unsheltered count.

Dominic Figueroa will be joining the CT PIT team at CCEH in November, acting as a Project Assistant and organizing all of the regional coordination.
For any urgent questions or comments concerning the upcoming count, please email Edward Lazu at elazu@cceh.org

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Connecticut’s Rapid Rehousing Fund Helps Those In Need


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The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP), which has provided significant funding over the past three years for the full range of rapid rehousing strategies expires September 2012. However, the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority has awarded one-time dollars to CCEH to establish a statewide Rapid Rehousing Fund.  Beyond Shelter CT and Housing First for Families coordinators are accessing the fund on behalf of homeless households across the State.
Connecticut’s Rapid Re-Housing Program (RRP) is designed to help families quickly move out of homelessness and into permanent housing, helping them achieve stability with time-limited supportsFamilies which include a pregnant woman; have a child under the age of six, ahead of household age 25 or younger; a family member with a disability or other chronic health issue or someone who has had a previous episode of homelessness within the past 24 months  are prioritized for Connecticut’s RRP services. In addition, applicants in Connecticut must be working with their Beyond Shelter or Housing First for Families Coordinator to access assistance. We expect that over the course of the year:
  • 300 families will exit homelessness;
  • At least 60% of households will exit homelessness within 45 days of approval for cash assistance and;
  • At least 80% of households will remain stably housed (no entry into shelter or transitional housing per CT HMIS) at 12 months after exit from program.
 To date, CCEH has served a total of 36 households across the state, 30 families and 6 singles.
 Rapid Rehousing Program – Client Story/Testimonial
Anne was a newlywed who relocated to Connecticut in 2011 and settled into in western Connecticut. Soon after her husband became abusive, and the abuse became worse after Anne learned that she was pregnant with twins. Eventually, Anne was able to escape her husband and took refuge in a homeless shelter. She had no family or friends in state that she could rely on for help or support, and her limited finances were not enough for her to pay for or save for a security deposit or to afford rent and living expenses. Though she was safe from abuse, Anne worried about being stuck in shelter and did not want her babies to be born there. Shelter staff connected her to the local Beyond Shelter program for case management and support services, but she still could not afford to get an apartment of her own.
Anne was eight months pregnant when CCEH’s Rapid Rehousing Program opened, offering a new opportunity for a small amount of financial assistance to help people like Anne overcome homelessness. The Beyond Shelter Coordinator helped her to find an apartment and to get financial assistance through the program. Anne’s was the first application CCEH received. With a security deposit and small rent subsidy, she was able to leave the homeless shelter, just in time. Her twin boys came home from the hospital to their own apartment.
Anne and her boys are thriving in their new home. She says they are comfortable and safe. In the coming months, Anne will return to work and looks forward to being able to support her family again. Anne refers to the rapid rehousing program as a “life saver”, making the difference between staying in the homeless shelter after the birth of her children and starting a new life with them in their own home.
A small amount of financial assistance and the right supports can change the lives of homeless children and their parents. The Rapid Rehousing program provided just what Anne and the twins needed –to get back on their feet and exit homelessness.