What’s the answer to homelessness?
Within the past couple of weeks, Connecticut is the first state to provide housing for all chronically homeless people throughout the state. However, this doesn’t mean there won’t be newly chronically homeless to come, but organizations like the Columbus House, work hard to prevent homelessness.
Columbus House’s mission statement is, “to serve people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless by providing shelter and housing and by fostering their personal growth and independence.” The organization opened in 1982 and moved to a new location, in 2012 on Ella T. Grasso Boulevard in New Haven, to double their capacity.
The organization strives to improve the lives of people who come to their doors. They provide a case manager who helps people without income or in need of job-skill training, interview skills, and computer skills. The case manager can also be a part of the process to provide suits, shoes, or other business attire. Getting proper identification and being permanently housed are the biggest concerns.
Columbus House funding is a $12 million budget. This money comes from the federal government, Veterans Affairs, and donors, among other funders. The organization spreads the money they receive as far as they can to help touch as many lives as they can. The people of New Haven take care of each other and help spread awareness about what Columbus House has to offer.
By Nicole Pierce