homelessness

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’s Oak Grove housing development will help ‘break the cycle of poverty’ when completed

Michele Conderino, executive director of the Open Doors nonprofit that looks to ease homelessness, said the new housing development’s community benefits are twofold. First, meeting multiple points of income helps those who have been “priced out” of Norwalk, Conderino said. Second, it helps the “struggle with a rise of homelessness,” she said.  The 18 units …

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Open Doors in Norwalk hands out Christmas dinner for people in need

A nonprofit organization in Norwalk gave out Christmas dinner for people in need on Christmas Day.  Open Doors served roast beef, baked ziti, vegetables, and more. The kitchen staff says they don’t just do this for Christmas – they pride themselves on the homestyle meals they provide every day. Although the need is bigger during …

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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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Turkey Trot co-chairs (L-R) Henry Hladick, Adelaide Tuff, Pia Bausman and Caroline Squillante

20th New Canaan Turkey Trot set for Sunday, November 19

One of the community’s best-loved annual events is set to return this weekend, with the 20th annual “New Canaan Turkey Trot” scheduled for the morning of Sunday, Nov. 19 (registration and details here). Co-chaired this year by four New Canaan High School juniors—Pia Bausman, Henry Hladick, Caroline Squillante and Adelaide Tuff—the Turkey Trot offers participants several options to participate in what is an important …

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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: 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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Evictions could top pre-COVID numbers, hit vulnerable communities hardest

Evictions are devastating, and increasing rents across the state are making it harder for our neighbors to be able to stay in their homes. “Average rents in Connecticut have increased by more than 15% year over year… Meanwhile, more than 50% of renters are cost-burdened, or pay more than 30% of their income on housing costs.” Connecticut …

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