HARTFORD, CT -- A broad-based coalition of advocates, providers, state agencies, and young adults is launching eight 100-Day Challenges to house and improve services to youth and young adults experiencing homelessness throughout Connecticut. Funded by a wide array of local philanthropies, this is a true statewide effort, the first of its kind in the nation.
On April 30, 2019, the 100-Day Challenges to End Youth Homelessness in Connecticut held a launch event at the Lyceum in Hartford, bringing together local, statewide, and national leaders. Among the speakers were Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin and Connecticut Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz.
There has been an outpouring of philanthropic support for the 100-Day Challenges from funders across Connecticut. Led by the Melville Charitable Trust, this collaborative funding effort has included supporting stipends for young adults with lived experience to be full members of local 100-Day Challenge teams. Funders include: American Savings Foundation, Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, The Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Connecticut Community Foundation, Dalio Philanthropies, Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Farmington Bank Community Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Ion Bank Foundation, Liberty Bank Foundation, Main Street Community Foundation, Manchester Interfaith Social Action Committee, Northwest Connecticut Community Foundation, United Way of Greater New Haven, United Way Greater Waterbury, United Way Northwest, United Way of West Central Connecticut, and Webster Bank.