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DiMatteo Family, Two Shelton Businesses Deliver Easter Baskets to Open Doors

Following another successful year of their annual Easter Basket Drive, the DiMatteo family of Bethany is proud to announce the culmination of their initiative aimed at bringing joy to children in need during the Easter season. DiMatteo Group Financial Services, in partnership with Cross Insurance, two Shelton-based family businesses, co-sponsored this year’s drive throughout Fairfield …

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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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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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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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Saving lives: How emergency shelters plan to keep CT’s homeless out of the cold this winter

Emergency shelters across the state are working together to keep people safe through cold weather and continued health challenges. “Shelter really does truly save lives, particularly in the winter,” said Michele Conderino, the executive director of Open Doors in Norwalk. “It’s such a critical service.” Learn more at: https://www.thehour.com/news/article/Saving-lives-How-emergency-shelters-plan-to-keep-16739330.php

Open Doors executive director Michele Conderino and News12 team in emergency shelter dorm

Connecticut’s homeless shelters still facing challenges of COVID-19

Emergency shelters are still facing the challenges of keeping people safe through COVID, and providers need the support of the community and our elected officials to help people through the winter months.  News 12 Connecticut spoke with our executive director, Michele Conderino, about some of these challenges. https://connecticut.news12.com/connecticut-s-homeless… Please help advocate for your neighbors dealing …

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