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August 22, 2016

Connecticut on track to meet year-end goal of ending chronic homelessness

Connecticut is expected to meet its goal of ending chronic homelessness by year’s end, based on current data projections shared at an event Monday highlighting the news in Hartford.

Since last year, 981 people have been placed into permanent housing. And since last October, 105 individuals living in chronic homelessness have been permanently housed in the Greater Hartford area, while in the central Connecticut region another 32 individuals have obtained permanent housing, state Department of Housing Commissioner (DOH) Evonne Klein and others said.

They presented the news at the gathering sponsored by DOH and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH).

In January 2015, there were 1,365 identified chronically homeless that were not housed.  Today there are only 384, DOH Spokesman Dan Arsenault said.

In 2014, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy was one of four governors to sign the “Zero: 2016” initiative, with the goal of ending chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Malloy says ending chronic homelessness has been a goal since signing the pledge.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines a chronically homeless individual as someone who has experienced a long period of homelessness and lives with a severely disabling condition.

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