April 2018
Dear friends,
We are at a pivotal moment regarding our legislature’s deliberations on the state budget for FY2019. Many thanks to all who have made calls and sent emails to our legislators to underscore the importance of resources to end homelessness.

Next week, April 11 and 12, we will join together at the State Capital to meet in CAN teams with our legislators. We will update them about your good work and important results, and make our case for preserving critical state investments in housing and homelessness services. We need your help!  Please do your part to make sure that your agency and your CAN have the strong representation needed to raise your voice and protect the resources you need.  Details and resources below.

Please also make sure to join us for the 16 th CCEH Annual Training Institute, May 17. This event is a wonderful opportunity to come together and share our victories, as well as learning from each other and our presenters about new approaches to address our challenges. Registration is filling up fast, and this event sells out – so register today!
Thank you for all you do, every day, to meet the needs of our neighbors facing homelessness.
Lisa Tepper Bates
Executive Director
Housing Advocacy in Action
Please make sure to join us April 11th & April 12th, the rescheduled date for the 2018 Homelessness and Housing Advocacy Days!
Over these two days of legislative action, advocates representing each of the 8 CAN regions meet with legislators and make our case to preserve, protect, and defend the resources you need to do this important work!

A strong turnout by each of our CANs is critical to the success
of our efforts to protect the resources you need to
do your work to end homelessness!
Please click here to review the training materials, contact lists, and outreach templates for your CAN.
If you have any questions please contact Sarah Fox at  sfox@cceh.org  or Liz Roberts at  liz@pschousing.org .
CCEH Annual Training Institute May 17

CCEH’s 16 th  Annual Training Institute (ATI), Connecticut’s premier capacity-building event for organizations working to end homelessness, will take place May 17, 2018 at the Connecticut Convention Center.
Featured morning speaker Dominque Roe-Sepowitz, Director of the Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research at Arizona State University, will share best practices for combating human trafficking. Our keynote speaker at lunch will be Dr. Dennis Culhane, Director of Research for the VA’s National Center for Homelessness Among Veterans, who will share insights gained through national efforts to end veteran homelessness – helping conference participants understand how to apply those lessons to combat homelessness for all clients. 
The event includes training and information on best practices, national and state-level policy changes, updates on new work in major partner systems that relates to ending homelessness, and opportunities to network with colleagues.
You can register now or visit cceh.org/2018ATI to view all of the information.  Registration is filling up quickly and we expect this event to sell out again this year, so please register early to secure your spot!
be homeful payment request process
In an effort to simplify the be homeful payment request process, for our frontline partners, we are moving to a secure online portal system through which agencies will submit payment requests starting April 12. Until that date, we will continue to accept requests via fax. Please note: after April 12, we will accept requests exclusively via the online portal. You can access the webinar training on the new portal here.
If your agency conducts shelter intakes for families referred by 2-1-1 but has not signed the MOU to access available shelter diversion funds, please contact Joanne Vitarelli at jvitarelli@cceh.org .
Secure Jobs Connecticut -- New Video
Secure Jobs Connecticut, a three-year demonstration pilot, supported by the Melville Charitable Trust and a host of generous Connecticut funders, takes a holistic approach to serving families facing homelessness, integrating housing and employment services. The goal of the pilot is to raise the income of families transitioning from homelessness to housing by connecting them to the education, training, and supports they need to secure and maintain stable employment.
All of the families in the program are currently receiving rapid re-housing housing assistance. In addition, the families are also receiving employment services and support from the American Job Centers . You can read more about Secure jobs here .
Please see this short video featuring Caitlin and Justin, Secure Jobs Navigator and Recovery Specialist, from the Southwest region. They explain the need and success of the program so well. As you’ll see, their insights are applicable across the state. Secure Jobs is paving the way to a more comprehensive approach to meet the needs of Connecticut families facing homelessness!
HMIS Release Bin Process
The CT HMIS Steering Committee invites you to learn more about the Release Bin process for requesting system enhancements to the Homeless Management Information System we currently use in CT. You can visit www.cthmis.com/releasebin to submit a request for a new report, new functionality, non-critical bug fixes, and more. You can also view and share the flyer to spread the word about how to make your CT HMIS a more useful tool in helping end homelessness in our state. 
New CCEH Staff Members

CCEH is pleased to welcome the following new members of our team
Mike Apostsos, Research Analyst
Mike Apotsos is a Research Analyst for CCEH. He is responsible for assisting the data team with evaluating data for system performance measures, and will eventually be coordinating the annual PIT Count. View Mike's full bio here.
Julia Minchew, Program Development Coordinator
Julia Minchew is a native of Ohio. She holds a Bachelors in Urban Studies and Masters of Nonprofit Administration & Leadership from Cleveland State University. Over the past 8 years, Julia has worked for nonprofits that seek to meet their community’s basic needs. You can view Julia's full bio here .
Ryan Beach, Development and Marketing Coordinator
Ryan comes to CCEH from The Connecticut Forum. His background is in non-profit development and marketing for arts and cultural organizations, but volunteering for organizations focused on ending homelessness helped him to realize his true passion for that cause. You can view Ryan's full bio here .
Upcoming Trainings and Recorded Webinars
Upcoming Trainings:

Disabilities in Shelter Training
April 9, 2018

Trauma Informed Practices 101
April 9, 2018

Shelter Diversion Training
April 17, 2018

STRIVE Family Mediation Training
April 26-27, 2018

Recorded Webinars:

Working with Individuals with Brain Injury
For more information and to learn about all the resources
CCEH has to offer, visit cceh.org.