The Human Services sector plays a pivotal role in overseeing critical aspects of the city's welfare. This includes overseeing the management of the homeless shelter and the provision of essential social services. Additionally, the sector actively participates in affordable housing initiatives, offering guidance and support for fair rent practices and eviction prevention. Moreover, it serves as a strong advocate for social services, working diligently to ensure the well-being of our community members. Collaboration with community members and local organizations is deeply embedded in every facet of DHHS operations, reinforcing our commitment to working together for the betterment of our city.
- Reactivated the 41 New Street shelter providing 21 beds and transitioned it to a City Support Center offering housing placement and job development
- Oversee the development of the 98 Elm Street Support Center, a 24/7 emergency shelter that will provide 20 beds for individuals experiencing homelessness
- Initiated the opening of a 30 bed Emergency Cold Weather Shelter at 30 West Street that includes room for whole family members
- Provided a total of 279 social services issues and referrals
- Responded to 18 fair rent issues
- Provided 15 eviction prevention services
- Attended 26 housing-related meetings (FR, DHS, AHP, CCT)
The City of Danbury operates a shelter at 41 New Street to serve those who are temporarily homeless; there is a maximum stay of 30 days. All women and men seeking shelter due to an emergency must contact 211 for a personal appointment and assessment for immediate assistance.
The women and men are required to engage in:
- Counseling for addiction and/or mental health, if applicable
- Apply for State and Federal assistance
- Seek employment if applicable
- Be sober at all times
The City Shelter serves as a portal for outside agencies to provide services on site.
Our Social Services Division would not be complete without the individuals, families, schools, businesses, churches, and organizations that generously donate during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Established with the aim of upholding fair and reasonable rental rates, the Fair Rent Commission operates to eliminate excessive charges on residential properties within the City of Danbury. This commission actively investigates and addresses complaints, inquiries, and other communications related to alleged cases of exorbitant rental charges in housing accommodations throughout Danbury.