There are services and programs that can help individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness or who otherwise need emergency housing. These services include counseling, information and referral to housing resources and, as a last resort, shelters.
Connecticut created the Coordinated Access Network (CAN) to assist people in need of emergency housing. CAN provides an accessible, standardized assessment and referral process to community resources across eight regions for people experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness.
Victims of domestic violence and their children, homeless or at risk of homelessness youth and those in need of transitional housing, can also use CAN to connect with local organizations who offer housing and support services. These services may include an emergency shelter, financial assistance, counseling and a 24-hour hotline.