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 hotel/motel vouchers. 

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 Bobby Poole.  

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.