CSH joined the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) and Reaching Home at the Connecticut state capitol on Tuesday to demand that policy makers do not leave homelessness out of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) negotiations.
Providers and advocates highlighted that while the State of Connecticut is slated to receive more than $2B in ARPA funding, neither Governor Ned Lamont, nor leaders of the legislature’s Appropriations Committee, has included resources for homelessness in their allocation plans. Advocates warn that if homelessness is left out of the ARPA negotiations, homelessness in communities across the state will drastically increase.
“As a leader in this country on the difficult issues of solving homelessness and eradicating racial inequities, the state of Connecticut is uniquely positioned to keep making strides in our goal to ensure that every member of our collective communities has housing stability.” said Sonya Jelks, Connectictut Director at the Corporation for Supportive Housing. “The American Rescue Plan offers us an opportunity to continue to have progress in Connecticut and to invest in solutions and programs that help to keep many of our Connecticut residents off the street and safely housed. The governor and legislative budgets must reflect the needs of the community and housing stability is one of the most vital needs for all in Connecticut.”
Read the full statement, here.