Westport, CT, September 15, 2014 – The Connecticut Health & Educational Facilities Authority, also known as CHEFA, has awarded $2,500,000 in grants to 56 Connecticut nonprofits including two Westport agencies, Homes with Hope, Inc. and Positive Directions that in combination received over $26,000. These grants will be used for Homes with Hope’s emergency shelter for homeless mothers and their children, the Bacharach Community, Positive Direction’s will be used for behavioral health counseling to residents at Hales Court, a Westport Housing Authority neighborhood in cooperation with the Housing Authority, Homes with Hope and the Westport Department of Human Services.
This year’s grants were awarded by Jeanette Weldon, Managing Director at CHEFA, at a gathering of the 15 recipients from Greater Fairfield County. Also in attendance at the event held at the Fairfield County Community Foundation in Norwalk, were state legislators and local press. The focus of this year’s grant program is the support of basic human needs programs in the areas of Food and Food Insecurity, Shelter Services and Homeless Prevention, and Health and Behavioral & Mental Health Programs.
Positive Directions counsels adolescents, parents, couples, and families experiencing anxiety, depression and stress-related ailments, as well as addictions and other destructive behaviors. For more information visit their website at www.positivedirections.org.
Homes with Hope is a grassroots response to the problems of homelessness and those at-risk of homelessness in the local community. To learn more about Homes with Hope’s programs and services visit their website at www.hwhct.org.
CHEFA is a quasi-public agency created by the State Legislature to help Connecticut healthcare and educational institutions, and other not-for-profit entities obtain tax exempt financing. CHEFA is self-sustaining and receives no taxpayer funds. For more information about CHEFA, visit www.chefa.com.