Re-Imagining Shelter Space

In order to meet the fair housing policies and regulations of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, many shelters may need to improve their facilities ability to serve the needs of different populations. Families should be able to stay together within the shelter, regardless of composition, sexuality of parents, or the age of adolescent males. Transgender individuals should never be denied access to available housing that corresponds with their gender identity. Member of the LGBTQ community as well as youth and young adults should also be provided with shelter which is safe and appropriate for their needs. The Department of Housing has made capital funding available for those facilities which need to improve their space in order to meet the needs of these populations. More information on this as well as an application for this funding can be found here.


Re-Imagining Shelter Space Webinar
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Sarah Fox, Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Steve DiLella, Connecticut Department of Housing
Sam Greenberg, Y2Y Harvard Square
Alanna Kabel, Department of Housing and Urban Development
Grace Whitney, Connecticut Head Start Collaboration Office

Re-Imagining Shelter Space PowerPoint Presentation

Additional Resources

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Homeless Shelter Capital NOFA
Shelter NOFA Application

Youth Resources LGBTQ Resources
Y2Y Harvard Square
NAEH Youth Resource Page

Transgender and LGBQ Community Resources

Transitioning Our Shelters
NAEH Recommendations: How to Make Shelter Safe for Transgender Individuals LGBTQ Resources Youth LGBTQ Resources

Family Shelter Resources

Early Childhood Self-Assessment Tool for Family Shelters
NAEH Recommendations: How to Make Shelter Safe for Transgender Individuals
Bright Horizons: Trauma-Informed Design; Ideas for Designing Child and Family Spaces in Shelters
National Alliance to End Homelessness Blog: Your Family Shelter: Are Teenage Boys Allowed?
Head Start- Family Shelter Self-Assessment