Back in 2007, a Middletown housing group asked for our help to organize local housing organizations and help them develop a united voice for advocacy at the state level. We pulled the group together and launched a legislative breakfast to explain housing issues to legislators and ask for their support. After that successful event, the group morphed into the Communications and Advocacy Committee of MCCHH, which had just been formed to execute the county’s Ten Year Plan to End Homelessness.
The rest, as they say, is history. Our foundation continues to lead the C&A Committee, which has held numerous events over the years for legislators and leaders in the Middlesex community. The committee also developed a brand identity for MCCHH and launched the AnEndInTen.org website, as well as organizing regular meetings of the Coalition’s Leadership Council and press conferences to announce initiatives and results. The rising number of towns exploring implementation of Incentive Housing Zones is due in part to the committee’s outreach and education efforts.