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New Intervention Hire to Reduce Need for Emergency Shelter Services for Those at High Risk for Homelessness

Through a partnership with the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford and the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Beth-El Center will now be providing shelter diversion services along the Connecticut shoreline from Milford to Madison.

Through its newly-formed shoreline diversion specialist staff position, Beth-El Center will be streamlining its efforts to prevent homelessness by identifying and supporting individuals and families throughout the shoreline area who are housing unstable and at the brink of homelessness. The diversion specialist will be assisting those who are at high risk for homelessness by identifying alternate housing arrangements and connecting them with services to help them return to permanent housing without entering into the emergency homeless response system. [ more ]

Beth-El Center Receives Foundation Grant for Immediate Care and Long-Term Self-Sufficiency of Growing Housing Unstable Population

Beth-El Center homeless shelter and soup kitchen in Milford has been awarded a $90,000 multi-year grant from The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven. The grant will be paid out in $30,000 increments over three years to provide general operating assistance for the shelter, its support services, advocacy and community education. [ more ]

Senator Blumenthal Meets with Jenn Paradis and other Service Providers about COVID-19 Crisis Response

Advocates Worry Over Lack of Clean Water, Bathroom Facilities For The Homeless

MILFORD, CT – Some service providers have been able to get unsheltered homeless individuals into hotel rooms as the number of state residents testing positive for COVID-19 increases every day.

But there are still areas of the state where people living on the streets or in tents have no access to clean water or bathroom facilities to help stop the spread of the disease, state officials said.

"Municipalities need to step up and provide basic dignity and respect," said Jennifer Paradis, executive director of Beth-El Center, shelter for the homeless in Milford. "We have public showers and bathrooms that we are allowing anyone to use."


Beth-El Center Strategic Plan 2019-20

Beth-El Center has created a strategic plan to develop a roadmap for organizational development over the next two to three years. The plan is intended to drive positive change while embracing continuity and to provide a sharper focus for alleviating homelessness and hunger in the Milford area. Read the full plan here: [ more ]

Beth-El Staff Member Certified to Assist Clients with Social Security/ Social Security Disability

Beth-El Center's Permanent Supportive Housing Case Manager, Nicole Nickerson, is now SOAR certified. SOAR (Social Security/Social Security Disability Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a program designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. [ more ]

Call 2-1-1 if You're in Need of Housing and Shelter

Anyone seeking emergency shelter and housing should dial 2-1-1, Select option 3 then option 1. [ more ]

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