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Hamden Prepares To “Warm” Homeless

by Allan Appel | Jan 7, 2019 1:00 pm | Comments (3)

Allan Appel PhotoThick socks, individual packages with cereal, peanut butter, and tissues. Protein bars, jars of instant coffee, and lots of warmth and goodwill.

Those are being gathered at Grace and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in anticipation of Monday night launch of Hamden’s first-ever winter “warming center” — a tentative first step toward helping to tackle a regional homelessness challenge primarily shouldered by New Haven.

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City Homeless Demand Bill Of Rights

by Thomas Breen | Dec 17, 2018 4:42 pm | Comments (19)

Thomas Breen photoVerna spent five years sleeping on the streets after she lost her manufacturing job.

Now living in her own Fair Haven apartment, she’s still haunted by the constant stress, anxiety, and humiliation she felt whenever city police asked her to move from a bench or a sidewalk grate or a stretch of grass downtown where she had managed to fall asleep.

On Monday afternoon, Verna added her voice and her story to a broader call by local homelessness advocates seeking to codify a city “bill of rights” for New Haveners without a home.

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One-Stop Domestic-Violence Refuge Set To Open

by Allan Appel | Oct 26, 2018 11:54 am

Allan Appel PhotoWhen a woman leaves a domestic violence situation, on average she will have from ten to 30 appointments that need to be kept in the follow-up to a decision. Legal appointments. Child care appointments. Therapy for herself and the child ...

Almost all are in different locations. Almost all can involve time-consuming public transportation. At each new interview, the victim has to re-tell her painful story.

Result: Often she gives up, exhausted, and succumbs to returning to an unsafe situation. That’s why on average, a woman temporarily leaves an abusive partner seven times before she leaves for good.

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