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Norwalk’s Open Doors social services nonprofit marks 40 years of helping the community

Open Doors, a local social service nonprofit organization that runs the city’s homeless shelter, celebrated its 40th anniversary Wednesday. “Since its incorporation as the Norwalk Emergency Shelter in 1984, Open Doors has evolved to provide holistic supportive services and homelessness prevention resources to help thousands of residents in the greater Norwalk area achieve financial stability and success,” a statement …

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Norwalk’s bid to end homelessness is complicated by rising rent and lack of housing

Less than two years ago, Michele Conderino said Norwalk was well-positioned to end homelessness here. In summer 2022, there were seven people living homeless without shelter in the city, said Conderino, executive director of Open Doors, a housing and homeless service organization in Norwalk. With local social service groups like Open Doors and Norwalk Housing …

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Norwalk Oak Grove affordable housing project breaks ground on 69 units: ‘Desperate need’

After securing millions in public and private financing, the Oak Grove project to build 69 affordable units off West Cedar Road is underway. State, local, and project leaders gathered to celebrate the teamwork that went into coordinating funding for this project that will provide units for tenants making 30 to 80 percent below the area …

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Westport Lifestyle, “The First Step to Housing Stability: Eat.”

The rising cost of food, compounded by Fairfield County’s cost of living being significantly higher than the state average and rising (Nation Low Income Housing Coalition), means that people in our surrounding towns are suffering. In many cases, families are having to decide between food or rent. “Making choices about food or rent in one …

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WSHU’s The Full Story: Good with Money – Developing Financial Literacy

Managing money well takes training.  There are so many financial decisions to make – rent, mortgages, student loans and saving for that rainy day. There’s a lot to know.  But where can people go to develop sound financial skills? This week on The Full Story we’re exploring local programs and online resources that educate people …

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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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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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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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Open Doors Presents at LISC CT Financial Opportunity Center open house

On May 17th, 2022, LISC was joined by over 70 community partners at the Financial Opportunity Center (FOC) Network 2nd Annual Virtual Open House. LISC presenters included Michele Conderino, Executive Director and Eddy Agyeman, Financial Coach & Digital Literacy from Open Doors. Michele Conderino, Executive Director at Open Doors, highlighted the impact of the pandemic on …

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