A first-in-the-nation program that connects families with young children to affordable housing in Connecticut is growing.
The Head Start on Housing program is administering an additional 35 state-funded housing vouchers for low-income families enrolled in Head Start, a federally funded preschool program that promotes school readiness for children up to age 5.
“Stable housing is among the most important components of a child’s development and well-being, and by expanding this pilot program using federal housing vouchers we will be able to connect more young families to a place they can call home,” said Gov. Ned Lamont, speaking Monday morning at LULAC Head Start along with several other Connecticut officials.
The program helps families with an average of $12,000 a year for housing. It’s made possible thanks to cross-agency collaboration between the state Department of Housing and Office of Early Childhood.
“We have kids in a safe place so that they can go to school, so that they can perform, so that they don’t get behind,” said Housing Commissioner Seila Mosquera-Bruno.
Connecticut's pilot housing program for families with young children is expanding, Camila Vallejo, Connecticut Public Radio, June 13, 2022, available here