ODFC Economic Security Workgroup Holds "What's the 411 on 211" Workshop

On October 18th the Economic Security Workgroup of Opening Doors Fairfield County in conjunction with The WorkPlace sponsored a workshop entitled “The 4-1-1 on 2-1-1” (everything you always wanted to know about housing but were afraid to ask). The goal of the workshop was to provide a diverse cross section of job-development professionals with the a basic understanding of how the Fairfield County Coordinated Access Network operates, from a call to 2-1-1 (the statewide single-point of access into the homeless services system) through to housing placement. A primary objective of the ODFC Economic Security Workgroup is to build collaboration among housing-related and non-housing-related staff within community-based agencies that serve homeless and housing-insecure populations; from individuals, to families, to youth, to re-entry.

Supportive Housing Works staff Jenita Hayes (Entry Coordinator), Samantha Stewart (Rapid Rehousing Coordinator) and Jessica Kubicki, LCSW (Director of Programs) took attendees through the steps an individual or family traverses from an initial 2-1-1 call to a CAN appointment, to entry on the By-Name-List if diversion from shelter or alternative housing is not possible, to eventual resolution utilizing either a Rapid Rehousing or Permanent Supportive Housing intervention.

Audience members from the employment sector benefited from having experienced housing sector staff listen to concerns and discussing barriers to housing along with how the two sectors can better collaborate to improve economic outcomes for those exiting homelessness through employment.