Erin McDonough

WSHU’s The Full Story: Staying Housed and Healthy

During the height of the pandemic, federal funding, eviction moratoriums, and housing services helped individuals and families who were at extreme risk of losing a secure place to live.  Today those support systems are gone.  Affordable housing is scarce in our region, and, in Connecticut, the number of people who don’t have homes is on …

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Connecticut coalition hosts virtual rally to combat homelessness

According to Advancing Connecticut Together’s latest Point-in-Time Count, 2,930 people across the state experienced homelessness on a single night in January last year. The organization says that’s up 13% from the year before. At Open Doors in Norwalk, executive director Michelle Conderino says the nonprofit’s homeless shelter has been at capacity for the past few …

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Norwalk’s approach to ending homelessness could be model for rest of CT

No municipality in the country has ended all forms of homelessness… But that’s exactly what Norwalk is trying to do. Not just for youth, not just for veterans, not just for individuals – for everyone. And it may become a model for the rest of the state, according to officials from Opening Doors Fairfield County. “We’re …

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Norwalk school supply donations offer ‘boost of confidence’ to students

Backpack drives across the city are providing relief to hundreds of families who may struggle with the cost of back-to-school shopping this fall. “Backpack and school supply donations are such a huge help because they help parents make sure their children are prepared for school and don’t feel like they have to go without, and …

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Open Doors FOC celebrates first Savings Match Program graduates

The first graduates of the Savings Match Program at Open Doors’ Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) celebrated their successes on Friday, July 22. Each client works with FOC financial coach Eddy Agyeman to create a plan with their budget to save at least $400 over six months.  Open Doors initially planned to match each dollar saved, …

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New Canaan HS junior founds Feeding 500 to address poverty in Fairfield County

“It’s awesome to see people going out of their way to help us,” Oliver Tuff, the 17-year-old president and founder of Feeding 500 said.  The organization’s name comes from the goal to have each of six teams of New Canaan High School students feed meals to 500 people.  Since its inception in early 2021, students …

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