Homeless Prevention Program
Continues To Successfully Address Homelessness In Danbury Region
Director of Research Bill Rybczyk of New
Opportunities, Inc. recently provided the Danbury Housing Partnership with a
quarterly update on services provided in the Danbury region under the Homelessness
Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).
Since the inception of the program in October,
2009 through March 31, 2011 a total of $142,098 in financial assistance
payments were made to help clients in the Danbury region. Among the clients
assisted to date are a total of 76 families with children, a priority target
population of the Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness.
The HPRP program consists of two
components: homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing. Homeless
Prevention funds are allocated to assist those at risk of homelessness with a
lack of financial resources and support networks to obtain immediate housing or
remain in existing housing. Rapid Re-Housing funds provide assistance to
those recently homeless living in shelters, on the street or in places not
meant for public habitation. Financial assistance is provided in the form
of rental assistance, security deposits, utility assistance, moving costs and
Funds are distributed in the Greater Danbury
region through two local agencies that have entered into partnerships with New
Opportunities, Inc. The two local agencies are the Association
of Religious Communities (ARC), which is the lead agency of the Dream Homes
Community Center collaborative; and the Community Action Committee of
Danbury (CACD), which is the lead agency for anti-poverty efforts in
Danbury. The efforts of ARC are directed by Executive Director
Reverend P.J. Leopold while CACD efforts are supervised by Executive Director
Danbury Housing Partnership Chair Mark J. Nolan
saluted the work of New Opportunities, Inc. in implementing this program,
stating: “The Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing
Program represents the cutting edge of efforts to address homelessness in the
Danbury region. The
program has provided assistance both to prevent families and individuals from
becoming homeless as well as to rapidly re-house those who do become
homeless. The Partnership salutes
the efforts of New Opportunities as well as ARC and CACD for their dedicated
efforts to provided essential assistance to families with children and
individuals in the Danbury area to both prevent homelessness as well as to
quickly re-house those who do become homeless.”
For more information on New Opportunities, Inc.
please visit www.newopportunitiesinc.org.
For more information on the Danbury Housing
Partnership please visit www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.
For more information on Dream
Homes Community Center and the Association of
Religious Communities please call 203-792-9450.
For more information on the Community Action
Committee of Danbury please visit www.cacd-caa.org.