In 2007, my father and then Mayor—Timothy Stewart—brought together members of area churches, the business community, social service agencies, government and others out of an urgent need to find shelter for struggling and homeless individuals during the winter. It was known as the Mayor’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness, based off of a nationwide model.
Since then, Building Hope Together: New Britain’s Permanent Work Plan to End Homelessness has helped move hundreds of individuals off the streets and into stable housing. The work plan has provided transportation vouchers, donated personal needs, provided job training and connected individuals with services they need to get back on their feet.
Within the last two years, we’ve eliminated chronic family homelessness in the City and have made significant strides in reducing homelessness among individuals. In 2019, through the 100 Day Challenge, we housed 44 youth between the ages of 18 and 24, marking another major accomplishment in our efforts to ensure everyone that needs a home has access to one.
These successes are major milestones for Building Hope Together: they demonstrate the power of partnerships to solve complex problems facing our community. Our multi-tiered approach to combatting homelessness has helped us forge stronger networks aimed at improving the wellbeing of struggling individuals. Recently, our focus has been on a housing-first approach to provide a stable foundation for successes in other parts of an individual’s life.
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Building Hope Together: New Britain’s Permanent Work Plan to End Homelessness. To learn more about how you can help, please contact my office at 860-826-3303.
Mayor Erin E. Stewart