Commission on Homelessness

This Commission advises and informs Hartford City Government on the issue of homelessness in Hartford.

Mission: To make homelessness a priority for Hartford City Government, influence policies that affect the homeless, and advocate for a comprehensive approach to meeting the immediate needs of Hartford’s homeless population.


  1. Educate and inform the community about the issue of homelessness and those who provide services to the homeless.
  2. Identify gaps in services available to the homeless
  3. Foster communication, compromise, and collaboration among entities addressing homelessness and with other sectors of the community
  4. Participate with others in finding long-term solutions to homelessness 


Supporting Department: Development Services - Housing Division

Number of Members: 13 voting; 3 non-voting ex-officio

Membership Criteria

  • No more than 9 of 13 voting members may be of the same political party.
  • At least 10 members must be Hartford residents
  • Appointed member criteria:
  • 7 representatives of shelters and soup kitchens
  • 2 representatives of the Hartford business community
  • 3 currently or formerly homeless individuals
  • 1 representative of the Hartford Public Library
  • Ex Officio Members: Police & Fire Chiefs and Director of Health & Human Services



Meeting Information & Materials

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Commission/Board Bylaws