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MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $50K GRANT ALLOWING FOR PLANNING OF REENTRY SYSTEM FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

MAYOR BRONIN ANNOUNCES $50K GRANT ALLOWING FOR PLANNING OF REENTRY SYSTEM FOR RETURNING CITIZENS

HARTFORD, CONN (March 28, 2017) – Today, Mayor Bronin announced that Community Partners in Action has received a $50,000 Innovation Planning Grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving in order to create a roadmap for the establishment of a Reentry Center in Hartford. The City of Hartford was named a partner in the grant.

“When members of our community return from prison, they often face enormous obstacles – and too often, those obstacles prove insurmountable. It’s in everyone’s interest to give Returning Citizens the resources and support they need to reintegrate successfully, so they can get on a path to employment and stable housing. I’m grateful to the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving for supporting this effort to help Returning Citizens live productive lives, and I look forward to working closely with Community Partners in Action,” said Mayor Bronin.

The Reentry Center will coordinate with governmental agencies, community groups, faith-based agencies, and existing reentry efforts to maximize the chance for a successful reentry by every Returning Citizen. The Center will do this by: (a) designing a process for day of release for willing participants, including the creation of a centralized drop off facility in Hartford (b) providing connections to housing, relevant health services, employment opportunities, transportation, and basic needs like food and clothing. The Center will also serve as an information hub, collecting data on what factors lead to successful and unsuccessful reentries, to inform public policy decisions.

Community Partners in Action’s Executive Director, Maureen Price-Boreland expressed gratitude for the grant, saying, “As an organization that has been providing necessary reentry services to Hartford’s Returning Citizens for over 140 years, Community Partners in Action is pleased and feels privileged to have this opportunity to lead this much needed effort in partnership with the City of Hartford.”

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MAYOR BRONIN AND CHIEF ROVELLA STATEMENTS ON ICE AGENTS’ USE OF CITY FACILITIES AND IDENTIFICATION

MAYOR BRONIN AND CHIEF ROVELLA STATEMENTS ON ICE AGENTS’ USE OF CITY FACILITIES AND IDENTIFICATION

HARTFORD, CONN (March 20, 2017) – On Sunday, March 12th, agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement wearing only “Police” identification, with no visible indication of their affiliation with ICE, attempted to get an undocumented person to meet them in the lobby of the City’s Public Safety Complex, where she would have been detained. The use of apparel labeled “Police” reflects an intent to create the impression that they were, in fact, local police.

“To protect our community, our police and other public safety officers need to foster a relationship of trust with all of our residents,” said Mayor Bronin. “Our police officers have worked hard to build that trust, and for ICE agents to present themselves as local police will undermine the hard work our department has done. We follow all state and federal laws, and we will partner with anyone to help get violent criminals off our streets. But federal agents should not be creating the impression that they are local police.”

“All law enforcement officials, not acting in an undercover capacity, working in our community should be readily identified by the agencies that they represent,” said Chief Rovella. “ICE Agents should not identify as local police as it is misleading and can damage the important relationship with our local communities."

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MAYOR BRONIN'S YOUTH SERVICE CORPS HELPS ELDERLY HOMEOWNERS WITH FREE SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES

MAYOR BRONIN'S YOUTH SERVICE CORPS HELPS ELDERLY HOMEOWNERS WITH FREE SNOW REMOVAL SERVICES

HARTFORD, CONN (March 15, 2017) – Today, Hartford's Youth Service Corps will assist elderly or disabled Hartford homeowners with snow removal. Between 12 noon and 9 p.m. more than thirty Corps members will clear snow from the homes of forty elderly or disabled Hartford homeowners, at no expense.

Hartford's Youth Service Corps came together last summer, and was born out of Mayor Bronin's belief that a key to building a better future for Hartford is giving its young people opportunities for gainful employment. So far, Corps members have spent over 82,000 hours on a variety of community service projects.

In his State of the City address on Monday, Mayor Bronin described the value the Corps provides to young people in Hartford and the City itself. He said, "We raised more than $2.2 million in private contributions, and today more than two hundred young people are members of the Corps — getting experience, pride and a paycheck for working on projects from beautifying our parks to assisting residents displaced by fire."

The City of Hartford’s Department of Families, Children, Youth, and Recreation (DFCYR) is leading Hartford’s Youth Service Corps. Our Piece of the Pie (OPP) serves as the implementation partner, providing full-time staff to develop and implement projects and manage Youth Service Corps member teams.

The City and OPP are working to ensure that Hartford’s Youth Service Corps boosts access to economic opportunity by serving as an on-ramp to workforce development programming, career-level professional placements, and permanent employment.

Any elderly or disabled homeowner in the City of Hartford can call 311 to request free snow removal.

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