Why are we helping?

The Greater Hartford Area has a problem:

Many homeless people who are able to find an apartment return to a shelter or transitional housing environment after a short time.

Simply finding a home is not enough. They lack the support structure vital to survival and successful independent living.

Food is somewhat available through food pantries and soup kitchens but it is difficult for clients to afford the basic household items that make an apartment livable.

A Hand Up seeks to provide the needed items that turn a bare apartment into a home.