(February 12, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin today announced that City officials have secured additional overnight shelter accommodations in the City of Hartford for citizens that can be used in conjunction with the State’s cold weather activation, accessed through 2-1-1. Yesterday, Mayor Bronin announced the opening of warming centers across the City to provide comfort during extreme cold weather over the weekend.
“With freezing temperatures and the wind chill factor below zero, it’s critical that we secure enough space to accommodate any citizen in need,” Mayor Bronin said. “Additional cots will be provided to accommodate for over 200 citizens. I applaud the efforts of our Firefighters, Police Officers, and community volunteers who reacted swiftly in time of need.”
The Hartford Fire Department and Hartford Police Department, with assistance from Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, will assist in setting up cots and securing shelter accommodations at two new overnight locations. Additionally, the Salvation Army Rec Center at 100 Nelson Street will provide daytime shelter from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Sunday, and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.
Please contact 211 if you or someone you know is in need of overnight shelter or a warm place to stay. There are many shelters in the City and region that can be accessed by calling 211. The two new overnight warming centers for this weekend are listed below:
Asylum Hill Congregational Church – 814 Asylum Avenue: 50 cots provided by the City of Hartford. Phone: (860) 525-5696
Open 5 p.m. – 7 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
Harford Rescue Mission – 650 Windsor Street: 75 cots provided by the City of Hartford. Phone: 860-241-0989
Open 24 hours Friday through Sunday.
(February 11, 2016) – Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin has ordered the opening of the warming centers in the City of Hartford. The purpose for opening these centers shall be to provide temporary comfort during regular business hours. Any residents in need of overnight shelter accommodations are encouraged to call 2-1-1.“With temperatures expected to be in the low 20s and high teens, and with high winds bringing the wind chill factor temperatures to the single digit range, I’m urging residents to take steps to stay indoors and prepare for extreme cold,” said Mayor Bronin. “I’ve ordered the opening of our warming centers, which provide daytime options for residents. However, if you or anyone you know is in need of overnight arrangements, please reach out to our partners at 2-1-1.”
During severe cold weather, residents should take the following precautions:
List of Warming Centers:
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(February 9, 2016) Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin invites students of Hartford schools, and their families, to participate in the City of Hartford’s “Rock Your Future 2016” (#RYF2016). This free career readiness event will feature workshops on résumé writing, interview skills, and professional online presence (where youth can have a professional headshot photograph taken). Eligible youth will be able to pre-apply for 2016 summer youth employment. A special workshop for parents, grandparents, and other guardians will feature guest speakers and a youth panel about empowering youth toward success. In the #RYF2016 Resource Hall, youth and their family members will gain valuable information, including how to: open a bank account, obtain a social security card, submit a birth record application, navigate public transit systems, understand workplace rights, and more. Campus tours also will be provided.
The event, sponsored by the Department of Families, Children, Youth and Recreation (DFCYR), Capital Workforce Partners, Hartford Public Schools, and the Hartford Student Senate, will be Feb. 20 at Trinity College’s Mather Hall. Participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register for either the morning session (7:40 a.m. to 1 p.m.) or the afternoon session (12:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). Registration: http://dfcyr.hartford.gov.
“Connecting Hartford’s young men and women to career opportunities is the single most important thing we can do to build a stronger Hartford,” said Mayor Bronin. “I encourage every young Hartford resident to attend Rock Your Future 2016 and learn how to take full advantage of the opportunities that are out there. We’re working to expand summer and year-round employment, and we want every young person in Hartford to have the chance to get that job that helps open the door to a career.”
“It is vital that our community empower youth toward positive decisions and well-paying careers. We are excited to highlight youth career readiness at RYF2016,” said DFCYR Director José Colón-Rivas.
WHO: Students of Hartford schools, and their families
WHAT: “Rock Your Future 2016” Youth Employment and Empowerment Day
WHEN: Saturday, February 20, 2016, 7:40 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12:10 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Mather Hall at Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford
(February 8, 2016) Today, Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin joined Police Chief James Rovella, Hartford Police Command staff, and the Rev. Henry Brown in welcoming the newest recruits to the Hartford Police Academy. The class was accelerated two months ahead of schedule, as a first step in addressing the longstanding police staffing shortage.
"For years, the City of Hartford failed to hire enough police officers to keep up with attrition, and we face a severe staffing crisis as a result," Mayor Bronin said. "The work of rebuilding our police force will take time, but it begins today, with the accelerated hiring of this class of recruits. We have a fundamental responsibility to ensure that our police force is adequately staffed to respond quickly and to be a visible, positive presence in our community."
Mayor Bronin also stressed to the new recruits the importance of community policing and partnership. "Community policing is not a sub-specialty within the police force, but a philosophy of policing that should guide every officer every day. You are part of our community, and you have a profound duty to partner with, to treat with dignity and respect, and to earn the trust of those you serve,” Mayor Bronin said.
The new class consists of 14 recruits, including a Cadet from HPD’s restructured Cadet Program for city residents. Today marks the first day of a nine month education and field training period for the recruits. HPD operates a satellite Academy of the State’s Police Officer Standards and Training Council (POST-C).
“This new class represents a critical first step towards staffing the Hartford Police Department to appropriate levels,” said Chief Rovella. “We are fortunate to have the support of Mayor Bronin and the City Council in our efforts to protect and serve our community in the manner they expect and deserve. We are proud of the diversity represented in this class and hope to continue recruiting exceptionally talented young men and women reflective of our community.”
Additionally, Mayor Bronin announced the City's plan to bring on an additional class of recruits later this year. The Police Department has established a Recruiting Unit to assist in improving the recruitment of city residents and increasing the diversity of Hartford's police force.
The Mayor and Police Department officials will be reaching out to community leaders to assist in recruiting the next applicant pool. On Thursday, February 25, Mayor Bronin will host a Town Hall conversation with residents on public safety. The Town Hall will be held at Hartford Public High School’s Field House, 55 Forest Street, at 5:30 p.m.