New CT Housing and Healthcare Initiative for Homeless Community

September 13, 2021

This week saw another step forward in assuring everyone has access to quality healthcare. The State has received federal approval to provide healthcare to our homeless community. This approval will significantly bolster our state efforts to uplift homeless individuals across Connecticut. 

The state’s housing programs will partner with state agencies and local nonprofits to provide Medicaid and HUSKY Health coverage. This program will be known as the Connecticut Housing Engagement and Support Services Initiative (CHESS).

This coordinated housing and health assistance effort will guarantee that individuals have access to all basic human rights- housing, meals and healthcare. This health coverage will also ensure that everyone has the access to mental health and substance abuse support that they may need.
This program will create lasting change for the homeless community in our state as housing instability and serious health concerns often go hand in hand. CHESS will help promote community engagement and improve overall quality of life.
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I am very proud to see this development in ensuring that everyone has access to quality healthcare.