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The CCEH Home Fitness Challenge
  May 01 2020

Get fit and do good at the same time! The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is proud to present the CCEH Charity Fitness Challenge. Hold a charity fundraiser to benefit our work rehousing people in shelters so that they can stay safe at home during the pandemic and your community can get pumped to make a difference.

How to Participate

Joining the CCEH Home Fitness Challenge is easy! Gyms, yoga studios, and other fitness communities can click the join button to begin your drive and get your own personal Gofundme page to share on your Facebook page! Be sure to include the date, time , and Facebook page for your gym and then film your workout on Facebook live with a request that participants sign in in the comments on the Facebook page to show they are present and make a $10 donation. CCEH shares workouts on our Facebook page and on our website so others can try your workout whenever they want!


The Problem

Joining the CCEH Home Fitness is easy! Gyms, yoga studios, and other fitness communities can click the join button to begin your drive and get your own personal Gofundme page to share on your Facebook page! Be sure to include the date, time , and Facebook page for your gym and then film your workout on Facebook live with a request that participants sign in in the comments on the Facebook page to show they are present and make a $10 donation. CCEH shares workouts on our Facebook page and on our website so others can try your workout whenever they want!

The Data

CCEH’s data shows that 2009 people were staying in shelters at the start of March. We determined that 134 of these clients were over the age of 62 and therefore especially vulnerable to the virus. We also noted that this figure included 183 families with 346 children, and an additional 48 unaccompanied youth. These clients represented some of our state’s most vulnerable individuals and families.

The Solution

In March, Governor Lamont issued an executive order catalyzing a large-scale effort to protect homeless clients and staff by “decompressing shelters.” To comply with this order, our coalition worked with the state to keep shelter staff and clients safe by relocating approximately half the shelter population from Connecticut’s 63 shelters into 15 local hotels contracted by the state. This “decompression” has made shelters safer.

What Comes Next

We know that we cannot re-turn clients to crowded congregate shelter systems, so our next step is to aggressively re-house clients in apartments. To accomplish this task, our coalition will require resources including apartment vacancies, flexible financial assistance to apply to first month’s rent and other one-time expenses, and vouchers for clients who require additional ongoing financial assistance. Our goal is to aggressively rehouse clients well into the future.

How you can help

Please consider donating emergency funds to move families and individuals into apartments right away. Funds provide flexible emergency assistance for first month’s rent, security deposits, and other one-time expenses associated with housing clients experiencing homelessness. Thank you for your support!

Posted by CONNECTICUT COALITION TO END HOMELESSNESS INC