Greater Danbury Continuum of Care Awarded Funds To Address Homelessness

The Greater Danbury Continuum of Care has been awarded $930,300 in funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as the result of the 2010 Continuum of Care Grant Competition.  The funds will continue funding for four existing local programs to assist people who are homeless or in danger of becoming homeless and to continue local administration of the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).   

“We congratulate Co-Chairs Milena Sangut and Michele Conderino as well as thank the Continuum for their hard work in preparing the successful grant application,” said Danbury Housing Partnership Chair Mark J. Nolan.    “The programs supported by these grants are crucial to efforts to address the problem of homelessness in the greater Danbury region.”

The Greater Danbury Continuum of Care is a HUD-required consortium of private, non-profit and public agencies that provide services to people who are homeless or facing the threat of homelessness.  The Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs to meet the needs of people who are homeless in the community.  Grants fund a variety of programs ranging from outreach efforts to provision of permanent supportive housing.   HUD will announce awards for new project proposals later in the year.

Danbury received grants for the following four programs:  Danbury Shelter Plus Care Combo Program; PILOTS Shelter Plus Care; the Danbury Housing Authority/Greater Danbury Mental Health Authority Shelter Plus Care program and the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) Program.  The three Shelter Plus Care programs are designed to provide housing assistance coupled with needed supportive services for residents.   The HMIS Program operated by Dream Homes Community Center gathers and manages required information on utilization of homeless services in the region. The awards represent an increase over the amounts awarded to the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care in the prior year. 

The Greater Danbury Continuum of Care is a key partner in the implementation of Danbury’s Ten-Year Plan To End Homelessness.  In addition to preparation of the Continuum of Care grant application, the Continuum also implements the yearly “Point In Time” count of people who are homeless; plans the annual Project Homeless Connect Event and addresses other issues involving homelessness in the greater Danbury region.   

For more information on the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care please call Co-Chairs Milena Sangut at 203-805-6408 or Michele Conderino at 203-748-0848.

For more information about the Danbury Housing Partnership please call Chair Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255 or visit www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.