Grants available for groups that combat homelessness

A $10,000 grant is being offered by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain through its Catalyst Fund to non-profit organizations serving Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington that offer or propose to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of youth and family homelessness.

The deadline for applications is Aug. 15.

“We are seeking proposals that offer solutions that minimize, relieve or prevent homelessness among young families with children and/or unaccompanied young people,” said Community Foundation Director of Community Initiatives Joeline Wruck in a press release. “Our focus for this proposal is on youth and young families in the 14-24 year-old range.”

Proposals must accomplish one or more of the following:

Help those affected move from unstable living solutions into permanent housing;

Target new strategies for identifying and engaging unstably housed youth and young adults in schools and communities;

Help identify and engage unaccompanied youth or young people facing homelessness and offer them assistance, connect them to services or prevent them from becoming homeless;

Create stronger safety nets for those falling through the cracks;

Strengthen collaborations and systems (new or existing) to help people in need more quickly and efficiently;

Collaboratively use existing community resources in creative ways;

Retool the current shelter system in order to provide developmentally appropriate space and services to youth and young adults and to become a more efficient and effective pipeline into safe and stable housing.

To be considered for funding, a two- to three-page proposal must be submitted via e-mail by the August 15 deadline. Proposals should be sent to Joeline Wruck at Questions should be directed to Joeline via e-mail or by calling 860-229-6018, ext. 307. A complete, downloadable copy of the Request for Proposal is available at


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