The mission of Opening Doors Fairfield County is to prevent and end homelessness in Fairfield County.

The Solution

ODFC is ending homelessness through an emergency response system that prioritizes our community’s most vulnerable population and connects them to the most appropriate housing option. As a result, Fairfield County is seeing a significant decrease in chronic homelessness.

The Problem

Although Fairfield County is home to some of the wealthiest communities in the country, homelessness is still a reality for many residents. At this moment in time, in Fairfield County, there are 1,013 people experiencing homelessness, which includes 781 adults and 232 children.

31 Families Headed by Adult 18-24 Years Old
(Source: Point-in-Time Count 2016)

Decrease in Chronic Homelessness
(Source: Point-in-Time Count 2016)

A Story of System Change



Lisa Bahadosingh Receives Diversity Award from The WorkPlace

Lisa Bahadosingh, the Director of Youth Initiatives and Special Projects, at Supportive Housing Works, recently received a Diversity Award, from The WorkPlace, in June 2019.

The WorkPlace conducts comprehensive planning and coordinates regional workforce development policy and programs to prepare people for careers while strengthening the workforce for employers. As a national leader in the field, The WorkPlace regularly shares ideas and best practices with lawmakers, foundations, think tanks, and other workforce development organizations around the country.

Each year, outstanding students, graduates, employers, volunteers, and professionals from programs that The WorkPlace administers across southwestern Connecticut are acknowledged for their accomplishments. The intent of the awards ceremony is to recognize personal achievements and people whose life accomplishments may go unrecognized. Awardees include individuals who have graduated from WorkPlace programs and now serve as positive role models, employers and businesses that support efforts to promote diversity and lifelong learning, volunteers who dedicate themselves to workforce development programming, and professionals who help to motivate and empower clients.