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Stamford's Shelter For The Homeless Gains $218K Grant

State Rep. Terry Adams commended Shelter for the Homeless for its work and called the new grant well-deserved.
State Rep. Terry Adams commended Shelter for the Homeless for its work and called the new grant well-deserved. Photo Credit: file

STAMFORD, Conn. — Shelter for the Homeless -- which operates Pacific House emergency men's shelter, and develops and manages deeply affordable supportive housing as an avenue out of homelessness -- received a $217,928 grant from Connecticut's Nonprofit Grant Program.

The grant will be used to purchase and install energy saving equipment, in an effort to increase the shelter's energy efficiency. Specifically, the grant will allow for new insulated windows, a solar power LED lighting system and lighting replacements, and an insulated roof with an emergency access hatch.

In 2015, Pacific House shelter served the basic needs of 470 men and young adults, providing nearly 50,000 meals and 25,000 bed-nights. Through supportive services offered by the shelter, over 150 individuals were placed into housing, and more than 200 found employment. The shelter has been serving the lower Fairfield County area for the past 30 years.

"Connecticut has been a leader in ending chronic homelessness among veterans, and I look forward to the day when we can effectively eradicate this epidemic for everyone," said state Rep. Terry Adams (D-Stamford). "This organization is well deserving of this funding and I commend them for their work and dedication."

The total cost of the energy-efficiency project is $257,928. Shelter for the Homeless had secured partial funding for roof replacement from a Greenwich Community Development Block Grant, and this grant from Connecticut's Nonprofit Grant Program provides the balance of the funding needed.

Shelter for the Homeless operates the Pacific House shelter, the only regional men's emergency shelter serving Greenwich, Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and beyond. Incorporated in 1985, it serves lower Fairfield County by providing food, temporary shelter and an array of support services to homeless men and young adults, working to help them to become more self-sufficient and obtain employment and permanent supportive housing.

To learn more about Shelter for the Homeless and the Pacific House shelter, visit the website or call 203-406-0017.

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