A new college graduate works three jobs to put food on the table for their family.  A dedicated mother of two has been in and out of homelessness five times over the last ten years. A United States veteran has lost three friends to overdose during the pandemic, and worries about their own trauma. These people are not our clients; they are our frontline staff, and they need our help.

People experiencing homelessness in our state, and those that serve them, do not have to imagine such terrible problems, they are living them every day. The emergency response system has never been fully funded by the Connecticut General Assembly to respond to homelessness as the crisis that it is. With hundreds of shelter beds full, and hundreds more on waitlists with no safe place to go, we are fearful of what is to come.