Help House The Homeless

Thomas MacMIllan PhotoCity organizations are joining forces on an ambitious effort to house 75 percent of New Haven’s chronically homeless—and they need help.

The ambitious effort is known as the 100-day challenge. A host of city social services agencies have signed on to participate in the three-month push to house about 107 chronically homeless people, people who have often been homeless for years.

A central component of the challenge is identifying who among the city’s homeless should be housed first. Between May 12 and 16, staff and volunteers will be surveying homeless people to assess their vulnerability and prioritize them for available housing.

The event is called Registry Week, and organizers are looking for volunteers to help out. The United Way, one of the organizers, sent in this info:

Join us as a volunteer for the Greater New Haven Region Registry Week, May 12-16, 2014. This will be a community effort to go into the community to interview individuals experiencing homelessness in our region in order to better understand their health and housing needs. Registry Week includes a walking canvass May 12 -14th (4 - 8 a.m.) and a data entry project on May 15-16th (9 a.m. - 4 p.m.). T-shirts and training will be provided.

All Registry walking canvass volunteers must attend training. In-person training will be held on either May 5, 7, 9 (from 6 to 8 p.m.) or May 10 (from 9 to 11 a.m.) at Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health, 319 Peck Street in New Haven.

“Registry walking canvass volunteers who are unable to attend the in-person training are encouraged to participate in the full 1 hour Registry Week training webinar on Mon., May 5th or Wed. May 7th from 5-6 pm. To participate in the webinar go here 10 minutes prior to the webinar start time.

For more information or to sign-up, click here or contact Jan McCray at or (203) 691-4216.

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posted by: THREEFIFTHS on May 2, 2014  9:45am

I will say it again and again.If you want to help the homeless.You must do what Robert Hayes did.He filed a lawsuit on behalf of a man experiencing homelessness in New York City. The lawsuit was settled out of court, and people experiencing homelessness won the right to shelter in New York City.

The Callahan Legacy:  Callahan v. Carey and the Legal Right to Shelter.

Robert Hayes: Anatomy of a Crusader

Robert Hayes also form The National Coalition for the Homeless.

posted by: wendy1 on May 2, 2014  9:52am

I just volunteered however all they should do is go right up to the Grand Ave Shelter and take the first 107 or 140 guys who are all miserable and extremely needy.  This search for the most miserable, needy, indigent homeless is ridiculous.  All of these guys need help finding a roof or a home not to mention a life.

I believe New Haven has many apt.s available.  I think formerly homeless men and women should be in town close to supportive facilities for medical and social work attention.  As stated in the Yale Daily News, an overwhelming # of them face addiction problems.  I am NOT a NIMBY.  I live 4 blocks from the Grand Ave. shelter.

posted by: jim1 on May 2, 2014  10:02am

100 homeless in 100 days!! 75% of the homeless need a place to call home.  What is the cut off of chronically homeless to those that don’t have a home??  Call Mayor Harp and tell her to say yes to the River St. Project, which will be home to most of the homeless in New Haven.  River St. will cost the city of New Haven no money as the land is owned by the city, and it will be a big PR move for the Mayor…