Homelessness down in Connecticut in 2016

BOSTON, Mass. (WTNH) – New government numbers show homelessness is declining around the country and here in Connecticut, specifically among families with children, veterans, and people with long-term disabilities. The study shows that homelessness in Connecticut fell 3.6 percent in 2016.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says Connecticut had a .3% drop of homeless families, a 23.4% drop in homeless veterans, and an 18.4% drop in people experiencing chronic homelessness.

HUD officials say even though homelessness is on the decline, the number of “doubled up” or rent-burdened families is still a big problem.

“Every person deserves a safe, stable place to call home,” said Secretary Castro. “The Obama Administration has made unprecedented progress toward ending homelessness and today marks the seventh straight year of measurable progress. While we know that our work is far from finished, it’s clear we’re on the right track to prevent and end homelessness for good.”

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