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November 13, 2018

CT homelessness coalition appoints new CEO

PHOTO | Contributed Richard Cho will begin as CEO of CCEH on Nov. 26.

The nonprofit Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) announced Tuesday it has named a new CEO.

CCEH said its board of directors appointed Richard Cho as its new chief executive starting Nov. 26. The organization conducted a national search this year to replace former CEO and Executive Director Lisa Tepper Bates, who stepped down in August.

From 2013 to 2016, Cho served as deputy director at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, which coordinates the federal response to homelessness. During his tenure, Cho led a nationwide effort with 19 federal departments to implement a strategic plan to end and prevent homelessness, CCEH said.

The Hamden resident held several posts at the Corporation for Supportive Housing, developing housing models and policies for veterans, those experiencing homelessness and other underserved populations.

Cho currently serves on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Crisis Prevention and Response Task Force. He also serves on the Kings County/Brooklyn, N.Y. District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Justice 2020 Committee and Mental Health Subcommittee.

In June, CCEH said Connecticut has been major strides in curbing homelessness.

The organization reported the state has a 69 percent decrease in individuals experiencing chronic homelessness over the last four years. Connecticut homelessness is at its lowest since 2007 when CCEH began collecting the data.

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