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May 18, 2017

Homelessness in CT declines for 3rd year in a row

PHOTO | HBJ File Gov. Dannel P. Malloy.

Homelessness in Connecticut has decreased for the fourth consecutive year and is at its lowest level to date, according to a new annual census from the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

The 2017 Point-in-Time Count tabulates the number of homeless on a single winter night, Jan. 24. The total homeless population is at its lowest number, 3,387, and declined from 3,911 in 2016; from 4,047 in 2015 and from 4,450 in 2014.

In the report, several statistics stand out:

  • 415 homeless people were unsheltered so far this year compared with 673 in 2016, a 38 percent decrease;
  • 2,972 homeless people were sheltered in 2017. Of this, 1,180 families were sheltered in 2017 compared to 1,332 in 2016; 2,194 individuals were sheltered in 2017 v. 2,570 in 2016; and
  • 3,387 total sheltered and unsheltered homeless in 2017 amounted to a 13 percent decrease when compared to 2016.

The report credits Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and various partners with collaborating to reduce homelessness.

Milestones include the federal government certifying in 2015 that Connecticut was the first state in the nation to end chronic homelessness (the long-term homelessness of someone with a disability) among veterans. In Dec. 2016, the state became the first to match to a housing resource every single individual documented as chronically homeless, the report notes.

View the full report here.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The number of years of decline has been corrected.

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