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HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Homelessness in our state is down by 10 percent compared to 2013. That’s according to the latest numbers, gathered by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. The number of people living in shelters is down four percent since 2014. The number of people living on the streets has dropped 32 percent since 2013. The decreases follow major investments by Governor Dannel Malloy and the General Assembly.
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers:
TOTAL HOMELESS POPULATION LOWEST COUNTED IN A CONNECTICUT PIT: 4,038 total individuals counted – the lowest ever statewide Connecticut Point-In-Time count.
SHELTERED HOMELESSNESS DOWN BY 4%: 3,412 people were counted in shelters and similar facilities – a drop of 4% over 2014.
UNSHELTERED HOMELESSNESS DOWN 32%: The count found 626 unsheltered individuals, a decrease of 32% since the last unsheltered count in 2013.
SUBSTANTIAL PROGRESS TOWARD ENDING VETERAN HOMELESSNESS: Only 80 veterans were counted in emergency shelters; 161 veterans were in transitional housing programs that aim to assist veterans with plans to return to permanent housing.
CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS DOWN SIGNIFICANTLY: The number of people experiencing chronic homelessness dropped by 21% since 2014.
FAMILY HOMELESSNESS DOWN: There were 445 families in shelters and similar facilities in 2015, a 4% decrease since 2014. The number of individuals in unsheltered families dropped by 67% since the last unsheltered count in 2013.
NEARLY 20% OF HOMELESS CITE EXPERIENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: 19% of adults in shelters and similar facilities report that they are survivors of domestic violence.
AS MANY AS 3,000 YOUNG PEOPLE ARE HOMELESS IN CONNECTICUT: Connecticut’s first-ever statewide count of homeless youth (age 24 or under) estimates the number of homeless/housing unstable youth is between 2,783 and 3,075 individuals. (Note that this data was collected over a two-week period around the PIT Count.)