CT's Strong Business Climate & Homeless Shelter Resources

November 20, 2023

My colleagues and I passed some sound legislation supporting our local economy, which is reflective in our job growth and bond ratings. Please read below to learn how our fiscal policies are already paying dividends.

The manager of our local homeless shelter came on "Let's Talk About It" to discuss some of the services offered and temporary changes coming to the Windham Region No Freeze Project. Keep scrolling to listen to the entire show.

Here are the sections in today's email:

  • Connecticut Supports a Strong Business Climate
  • Let's Talk About It: Helping the Homeless
  • Local Medical Pioneer Honored
Connecticut Supports a Strong Business Climate

Thanks to our strong, fiscally responsible policies at the state level:

  • Our bond ratings are stellar.
  • Job growth numbers keep improving.
  • We have cut billions in unfunded pension debts from our balance sheets.
  • We paid back the pandemic-era Unemployment Trust Fund loan, which is great news for local businesses.

This proactive repayment of the Unemployment Trust loan sends a strong message that Connecticut is open for business.

The Governor's Office has details on the unemployment repayment below.

Unemployment Loan Repayment Announcement
Let's Talk About It: Helping the Homeless

We discussed our mission to reduce homelessness on my weekly public affairs show, “Let’s Talk About It.” Avery Lenhart, the manager at Windham Region No Freeze Project, broke down all the services it provides to those in need and all the changes coming to the homeless shelter.

The No Freeze shelter provides vital services to anyone who is 18 or older. Organizers help those in need apply for educational courses, employment, transportation, housing, and healthcare access. To that end, the shelter helps with Medicaid eligibility.

You may have noticed the No Freeze Project is undergoing renovations. Shelter services moved to its small building at 459 Valley Street so that work can begin at the main building next door. The renovated space will contain small, double occupancy rooms with their own, private bathroom. The new space will be fully ADA compliant (elevator, sprinkler system) and have space for laundry. The smaller building will eventually serve as administrative offices but will also be used for day services.

We talked about so much more, so please click on the video below to listen to the entire show!

Avery Lenhart discusses how the Windham Region No Freeze Project helps those in need.
Local Medical Pioneer Honored

Mayor Tom DeVivo and I presented Dr. Mort Glasser with a citation upon his retirement. Dr. Glasser co-founded the Perception Programs, which offers behavioral health and addiction services.

Joining Generations Family Health Center in 1986, he became its first Medical Director and later Chief Medical Officer, overseeing significant growth while maintaining a commitment to accessible, comprehensive, and compassionate healthcare. His enduring legacy is the positive impact on countless lives in the Windham community.