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CITY OF HARTFORD AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ACTION TO LAUNCH REENTRY WELCOME CENTER WITH $450,000 FROM HARTFORD FOUNDATION

CITY OF HARTFORD AND COMMUNITY PARTNERS IN ACTION TO LAUNCH REENTRY WELCOME CENTER WITH $450,000 FROM HARTFORD FOUNDATION

HARTFORD, CONN (January 22, 2018) – Today the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving announced a three-year, $450,000 grant to Community Partners in Action (CPA), working with the City of Hartford and other partners, to establish a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center for returning citizens in the City of Hartford.  In March of last year, the Foundation awarded a $50,000 planning grant to CPA to develop a roadmap for establishing a reentry center. 

The majority of people released from prison or jail in Connecticut return to the state’s five urban areas, including Hartford.  In 2016, more than 2,000 individuals were released from a correctional facility, halfway house or parole supervision, with over half returning to Hartford, according to State Department of Correction data.  The absence of adequate stabilizing resources in Hartford for these returning citizens immediately upon release jeopardizes their successful reintegration.

“We’ve been working in close partnership with Community Partners in Action, and establishing a one-stop Reentry Welcome Center has been our goal from day one,” said Mayor Bronin.  “The Reentry Welcome Center will facilitate access to basic necessities like clothing and housing, as well as substance abuse treatment, educational programming, and job training.  That’s not just about offering individuals a second chance – it’s about making our community safer and stronger.  I am deeply grateful to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for their generous support, and I am excited to continue working with Community Partners in Action to make this Reentry Welcome Center a reality.”

Before his inauguration, Mayor Bronin formed a reentry working group made up of faith, community, and non-profit leaders, academics, and corrections professionals.  They came up with a set of recommendations to integrate returning citizens into their neighborhoods related to data collection, resource identification, job training and other support, as well as partnership opportunities.  The Reentry Welcome Center will be able to carry out many of those recommendations.

“We are pleased to support the creation of this much-needed resource for returning citizens to Greater Hartford communities,” said Hartford Foundation director of Grants and Partnership Investments Judy McBride. “CPA's coordination with stakeholders – including State and Hartford agencies – makes the launch of the Center viable, allowing for a more coordinated, systemic approach to how recently released returning citizens are reintegrated, and providing direct access to support and additional programs. Commitments of the City of Hartford and partners to provide essential services make such a change possible despite limited City and State financial resources.”

The Reentry Welcome Center will serve approximately 150 returning citizens each year for three years.  Returning citizens will be able to access support and services offered by a variety of community organizations from basic needs like food and clothing to services like substance abuse treatment and job training as well as educational opportunities.  The Center will also serve as a data collection hub and track referral outcomes across partners.  Other partners contributing to this effort include the Connecticut Department of Correction, the Court Support Services Division of the Connecticut Judicial Branch, the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division of the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management, the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy at Central Connecticut State University and Capitol Workforce Partners.

“CPA’s Board of Directors and staff are pleased that our agency was able to play such an important role in having the Hartford Reentry Welcome Center realized,” said Maureen Price-Boreland, Executive Director of Community Partners in Action.  “It is a testament to CPA’s philosophy on fostering strong partnerships to meet our mission that includes effective service for returning citizens.  We look forward to helping to spearhead, develop and implement the site.  We are grateful to all those who served on planning committees, focus groups, provided data, shared their expertise and overall support for this effort.”

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HARTFORD PARKING BAN LIFTED AT NOON TODAY

HARTFORD PARKING BAN LIFTED AT NOON TODAY

 

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 17, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin announced that the snow parking ban will end at noon today, Wednesday, January 17th.  The ban was originally scheduled to end at 9 PM today, January 17th.  The City has received approximately 4 inches of snow and, according to the latest forecasts, does not expect to see any more significant accumulation today.  

 

City plows will continue to clear snow and slush from the roads as needed in the afternoon.  Ordinarily after parking bans residents have 2 hours to remove cars from Hartford Public Schools lots and 6 hours to remove cars from Blue Light Lots, but given the change in this parking ban, the City will stick to the schedule announced yesterday in terms of towing and ticketing after the ban ends.  Residents still have until 11 PM tonight to remove cars from Hartford Public Schools lots and until 3 AM, Thursday, January 18th, to remove cars from Blue Light Lots. 

 

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TOMORROW AT 8 AM: MAYOR BRONIN ACTIVATES PARKING BAN UNTIL 9 PM WEDNESDAY

TOMORROW AT 8 AM: MAYOR BRONIN ACTIVATES PARKING BAN UNTIL 9 PM WEDNESDAY

HARTFORD, CONN. (January 16, 2018) – Mayor Luke Bronin has activated a snow parking ban for the City of Hartford, beginning at 8 A.M. on Wednesday, January 17th and ending at 9 P.M. on Wednesday, January 17th.

“At this point we expect to get between 3 and 6 inches of snow tomorrow, with the heaviest snowfall beginning early Wednesday morning and continuing into the afternoon,” said Mayor Bronin. “Residents should feel free to take advantage of the Blue Light Lots and move their cars there this evening.  We recognize that ending the parking ban tomorrow evening may be inconvenient for some people, but we’re trying to avoid extending the parking ban to Thursday morning so that Hartford Public Schools can be open on Thursday.  It is essential that all residents and visitors respect the parking ban so that our Public Works team can work quickly and safely.”

During a snow parking ban, all on-street parking is prohibited throughout the City of Hartford. Any vehicles not removed from City streets by the start of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed.  Residents without access to off-street parking may move their vehicles to one of the authorized parking areas including Blue Light Lots, City Parks, Recreation and Senior Centers, and Hartford Public Schools parking lots by the start of the parking ban at 8 A.M. on Wednesday, January 17th.

To notify the public a parking ban is in effect, sixteen major intersections will be illuminated with blue light beginning 6 hours before the parking ban and they will remain illuminated throughout the duration of the parking ban. 

Eleven Blue Light Lots are dedicated solely for use during snow parking bans.  These designated Blue Light Lots will provide more parking options for residents who do not have access to off-street parking.  

Vehicles must be removed from City Blue Light Lots within six hours after the snow parking ban has been lifted.  Vehicles must be removed from Hartford Public Schools lots within two hours.

Mayor Bronin also encouraged residents to sign up to receive alerts from the City of Hartford by registering online at http://www.hartford.gov/emergency-services. “We encourage residents to sign up for these alerts so that they can get timely, important information about what’s happening in the City – including parking bans.  We’re not going to overuse this alert system, and you can always decide to unsubscribe.”

To avoid being ticketed and towed, please move all on street cars to the following list of authorized parking areas:

Blue Light Lots

  • 130 Sisson Ave
  • 2434 Main St
  • 135 Main St
  • 50 Curcombe St
  • 20 Francis Ct
  • 547 Park St
  • 60 Chadwick Ave
  • 45 Evergreen Ave
  • 77 Laurel St
  • Sigourney and Homestead
  • Learning Corridor Parking Garage - Brownell St Entrance

City Parks and Centers

  • Colt Park – Warwarme St Lot                
  • Elizabeth Park – Asylum St Lot                 
  • Elizabeth Park – Prospect Ave Lot          
  • Goodwin Park – Hubbard Ave Lot          
  • Goodwin Park – Maple Ave Golf Course Lot    
  • Keney Park – Woodland St Lot 
  • Keney Park – Ridgefield St Lot
  • Rocky Ridge Park – Zion St Lot
  • Thomas J. Hyland Memorial Park – Ansonia St Lot
  • Forster Heights Park – Amherst St Lot
  • Holcomb Health and Human Services Campus - 2 Holcomb St Lot
  • North End Senior Center - 80 Coventry St Lot
  • Parker Memorial Community Center - 2621 Main St
  • Metzner Recreation Center – 680 Franklin Av
  • Samuel Valentin Arroyo Recreation Center – 30 Pope Park Dr

All Hartford District School Parking Lots

  • For a complete list of schools click HERE

Residents whose vehicles are towed during the parking ban should contact the Hartford Police Department at (860) 757-4000. Please visit http://www.hartford.gov/ for more information.

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