We should choose to protect Connecticut families from housing insecurity

August 26, 2021

The loss of employment during the pandemic has taken a heavy toll on Connecticut families and they turned to housing services like New Reach for relief. This Connecticut Mirror Op Ed features New Reach’s eviction prevention program Stable Families and how the program has kept Connecticut families in their homes. Including stories from women who came to New Reach when they had nowhere else to turn.

Read the full article here.


New Reach Receives $12,500 Grant From Bank of America Charitable Foundation

Funding will support New Reach's Portsea Place shelter

July 14, 2021

New Haven, CT –New Reach, a nonprofit organization committed to ending homelessness in Connecticut, was recently awarded a $12,500 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation as part of the company’s commitment to investing in the communities it serves.

“Bank of America continues to advance local economies and create positive change through important community investments,” said Bill Tommins, President, Bank of America Southern Connecticut. “By supporting organizations that are providing critical services and programs like New Reach, we are helping to create economic opportunity in the communities we serve.”

This grant funding will support costs for New Reach to provide person-centered care and evidence-based services to clients at its Portsea Place shelter. Services include providing the youth at these shelters with assistance, advocacy, and mentorship through financial literacy events from Bank of America. These events will help build critical life skills like budgeting, understanding credit cards, and taking out loans for college.

New Reach’s CEO Kellyann Day explained, “Our partnership with Bank of America has been vital to our youth because it provides the knowledge needed to manage finances effectively not only for everyday living, but to accomplish long-term financial goals.”

There have already been four financial literacy events held for youth at Portsea Place. Catherine Hammie, a Supportive Housing Case Worker at New Reach, said, “Financial literacy is such an important piece to the youth and their road towards independence.” In addition to demonstrating budgeting and how to build credit, Bank of America assisted the youth in learning about certification programs as well as education and career advancement opportunities available to them.

One Portsea Place teen who attended a financial literacy event hosted by Bank of America added, “I want to go to college someday. These events have helped me better understand how to reach that goal through budgeting and career development.”

Bank of America will continue to provide financial literacy sessions for the youth housed at Portsea Place throughout the year. Upcoming events will be tailored to the interests and needs of the communities New Reach serves.

Nonprofit Has 98% Success Rate In Preventing Families From Eviction Over Last 11 Years

New Reach's Stable Families program is successful in helping at-risk Bridgeport families

March 30, 2021

Bridgeport, CT – For over a decade, New Reach, a nonprofit organization based in New Haven, has had success helping those who are at risk of being evicted stay in their homes. A recent analysis conducted by the organization found that its Stable Families Program had a 98% success rate in preventing families from being evicted. This success has been vital in helping families maintain stability and independence.

The program was created in response to the Father Panik Village lawsuit in which affordable housing units in Bridgeport were removed but not replaced. Resident advisory funds were put into place to support the ongoing needs and services from that loss of resources to the community. “The partnership between New Reach and Park City Communities provides an invaluable service to the residents who reside in our communities and helps to support continued self-sufficiency and long-term stability among participating households,” said Jillian Baldwin, Executive Director of Park City Communities.

Nicole Barnofski, Chief Program Officer of New Reach, says “What makes the Stable Families Program so successful is the collaboration between the housing authority, legal services, and our social work services. Having those systems work together is what has made this a success.”

The CT Coalition to End Homelessness completed a data match with those who participated in the Stable Families Program between January 2011 and June 2020 to verify the organization’s findings. In total 410 households, including at least 839 adults and children, participated in the Stable Families Program during this time. The analysis showed that none of the families who participated in the Stable Families Program over a nine-year period became homeless.

New Reach uses innovative, equitable and inclusive methods in its housing support programs. "We’re working every day to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time,” said Kellyann Day, CEO of New Reach. “The focus of our Stable Families Program is to make homelessness rare by keeping families in their homes. With more funding, we could prevent more families in Bridgeport and other Connecticut cities from becoming homeless.”  

The organization is looking at what the needs are across the state of Connecticut and is working with outside partners to get the resources necessary to expand the program. In addition to their eviction prevention services, New Reach also offers crisis and housing services designed to inspire independence for those affected by homelessness and poverty.