As the Executive Director of the Beth-El Center, an inclusive emergency shelter program but more importantly as a member of the LGBTQ+ community I experienced homelessness as a queer youth throughout high school and college. Knowing firsthand how quickly one's stability can be lost and how important formal shelter supports are to meeting basic survival needs and realizing one's full potential, I hope to provide context to the proposed changes of HUD's Equal Access Rule and to stand with other leaders in the LGBTQA+ and housing justice community to say: NOT IN OUR NAME. [ more ]
In our Summer newsletter edition, read two testimonials of clients who stayed at our Center and have successfully moved on to permanent housing. Plus read Jenn Paradis' editorial about HUD's New Transgender Shelter Access Rule. [ more ]
Beth-El Center Increases Services During COVID-19
During the pandemic, more than ever, individuals and families are facing hardships like unemployment, food insecurity and the risk of losing their housing. Since March the Beth-El Center has increased its shelter and case management services as well as food programs to assist the most vulnerable populations.
While expanding our services to meet the community's needs, we took critical steps to decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission:
We instituted policies and procedures to increase cleaning and disinfecting, execute health screenings and bi-weekly COVID-19 testing for all guests, volunteers and staff.
For the past five months we have been sheltering additional clients at Motel 6. We doubled shelter capacity to support safe and healthy quarantine options of homeless individuals and families. Thanks to your support, 42 individuals and families have transitioned to permanent housing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beth-El Center's Soup Kitchen continues to serve bagged meals-to-go daily to anyone in the community in need of food. Since March we have increased meal distribution by 70% and have served over 19,500 meals.
CT Rental and Foreclosure Relief Fund Program
Beginning July 15, 2020, the state of CT has launched it's rental and foreclosure relief fund program for all residents impacted by COVID-19.
Please click below for more information about each program:
Through a partnership with the Women and Family Life Center in Guilford and the United Way of Greater New Haven, the Beth-El Center will now be providing shelter diversion services along the Connecticut shoreline from Milford to Madison.
With the newly-formed shoreline diversion specialist staff position, Beth-El Center will be streamlining its efforts to prevent homelessness by identifying and supporting individuals and families throughout the shoreline area who are housing unstable and at the brink of homelessness. The diversion specialist will be assisting those who are at high risk for homelessness by identifying alternate housing arrangements and connecting them with services to help them return to permanent housing without entering into the emergency homeless response system. [ more ]
Connecticut's Coordinated Entry guidelines now require that anyone seeking emergency shelter and housing go through the state's 2-1-1 system. Just dial 2-1-1, select Option 3 and then select Option 1.
Callers in need of housing or shelter will reach a trained Housing Specialist who will perform an initial assessment, make referrals as needed and schedule an appointment with a duty services coordinator. This does not guarantee immediate shelter or housing placement. [ more ]
90 New Haven Avenue
Milford, CT 06460
The Beth-El Center's mission is to alleviate homelessness and hunger in the Milford area through shelter, support services, advocacy and community education in partnership with the faith-based community and public and private organizations.