February 27, 2019

Feds gift $2.8M to combat CT homelessness, aid domestic violence survivors

Photo | Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Photo | Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Karen Jarmoc, executive director for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The federal government has awarded $2.8 million to the Connecticut Department of Housing to address homelessness and support domestic abuse survivors across the state.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development earlier this month earmarked the funding for the state's housing unit, with $1.7 million allocated to support survivors of domestic violence.

The state's housing department will administer the federal dollars with help from the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence (CCADV), a Wethersfield-based nonprofit focused on ending homelessness among victims of domestic violence.

According to CCADV, domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women across the nation. In Connecticut, domestic violence shelters currently operate at 123 percent capacity due to a lack of housing for survivors.

The new federal funding will expand the organization's ability to provide additional housing for these populations, said CCADV Executive Director Karen Jarmoc.

"We know that domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women in Connecticut and across the country," Jarmoc said.

"This award represents Connecticut's proactive approach to ending homelessness among a variety of populations, and continues to bolster the state of Connecticut's national standing as a leader in ending homelessness" said Department of Housing Acting Commissioner Michael Santoro.

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