Columbus House at the Arts & Ideas Festival




Homeless: Housed | New Haven Green | June 9-17th 2018 | FREE


Saturday, June 9, 1-2:00 pm - Pavilion Kick-Off with Alison Cunningham, Columbus House CEO


Join us for HOMELESS:HOUSED, an interactive exhibit organized by Columbus House and the Yale School of Architecture. The exhibit will take place on the New Haven Green during the Festival of Arts and Ideas in a pavilion designed by students of the Yale School of Architecture. The exhibit explores issues of homelessness, housing policy and home through visual materials, audio recordings, and live discussions. 


This exhibit runs in conjunction with our five-year HOMELESS:HOUSED building collaborative with Yale School of Architecture which will produce ten units of permanent housing (five duplex homes) designed specifically for those experiencing homelessness.


The pavilion will showcase a diverse array of partner organizations working locally to address issues related to housing and homelessness. Throughout the duration of the festival, and together with our partners, we will run events prompting discussion about home and provide the community with knowledge and tools to tackle these issues. Partners include Mothers (and Others) for Justice, the Be Homeful Project, the New Haven Legal Assistance Association, the Connecticut Fair Housing Center, and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.


Full Schedule of events at the HOMELESS:HOUSED exhibit:


Saturday June 9th, 1-2:00 pm

Columbus House Pavilion Kick-off

What is home? What is Neighborhood? What is Community? For people who experience living without a home, these are compelling questions - perhaps home is a shelter or a make-shift tent in a river side neighborhood along with a community of friends.


Join Columbus House as we dig deeper into the questions about where we live, kicking off a week of presentations by advocates for people who do not have a place to call home.


Sunday June 10th, 3-4:00 pm

Mothers (and Others) for Justice Outreach

Empower yourself through community organizing. Mothers (and Others) for Justice is consistently recognized by the Connecticut General Assembly and by professional advocates throughout the state as an authentic, persistent and consistent voice for people who are poor.

The group will share their experiences with grassroots organizing and listen to your stories about your housing situation. Learn how community organizing can empower individuals seeking to promote change in programs and policies that improve the lives of women and their children.


Wednesday June 13th, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Tenants Rights Workshop with the New Haven Legal Assistance Association

Know your rights. NHLAA will be taking questions about fair housing and provide information about what legal rights you may have if you are unfairly facing housing discrimination, eviction, or landlord abuses. 


Friday June 15th, 11:00 am-12:00 pm

Moving Forward Training with the Connecticut Fair Housing Center

This training session is designed to help you if you are going through the moving process. Learn about resources and get tips on staying organized as you look for housing.

Connecticut Fair Housing Center will answer questions bout your fair housing rights and help you understand what tools you have if you are a victim of discrimination.

Saturday June 16th, 2-3:00 pm

Paddington Storytime with the Be Homeful Project

Paddington is homeless when he first travels from Darkest Peru to London in search for a new home. How would Paddington have felt when he didn't have a home? Why is it important to have a home? How can we help families who don't have homes be safe and comfortable?

After listening to Paddington's story, kids can draw what having a home means to them and learn how they can help to make sure there are resources available to protect families from being homeless.

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