Monday, January 6, 2014

Claremont's Summer to end Homelessness lingers through fall, winter

Since May 5, 23 members of the wider Claremont community have been determining the extent of homelessness in the area through Claremont’s Summer to End Homelessness” (CHAP) campaign. After an orientation and training event on June 8, eight teams of two advocates began working with the first eight homeless participants to negotiate the service maze and attempt to secure permanent affordable housing.

By the end of September, the two CHAP outreach volunteers had observed 48 homeless individuals on the streets, in the parks and in tarp covered enclaves across the community. One of the group’s major findings is that there are no year-round shelters or affordable housing opportunities in this community for homeless males.  Most volunteers in the program will continue assisting homeless individuals in the program and new people who come to our attention.  A new emphasis will be to find or develop shelter and/or affordable housing opportunities.

On Saturday January 18, 2014 a “Second Half Kick Off” meeting will be held at the Hughes Community Center, 1700 Danbury Avenue from 10 a.m. to noon.  The meeting will be a report back to the community and a solicitation of additional volunteers to assist in a variety of ways with new CHAP efforts moving forward: over night accommodation hosts; advocates; CHAP community cafĂ© servers; transporters; and working group members (housing, food, health, employment and fundraising).  Come find out about ways you might help. For more information, contact Karl Hilgert at

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