CCEH RELEASES “PORTRAITS OF HOMELESSNESS IN CONNECTICUT”
The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)
recently released a new report entitled Portraits of Homelessness in Connecticut that
brings together information from national and state sources to provide a
comprehensive look at homelessness in Connecticut. The report provides information about the different
populations experiencing homelessness, examines the effect of the economic
recession on homelessness and proposes recommendations to prevent and end
homelessness in Connecticut. The
report was introduced at a recent forum held in Hartford attended by Danbury Housing Partnership Chair Mark J.
Nolan and Greater Danbury Continuum
of Care Co-Chair Milena Sangut.
“The report confirms
many of the trends that we’ve observed in the Danbury region and will prove to
be a useful resource as the State works with local partners to continue to
address the issue of homelessness, “ stated Mr. Nolan. “While
we have made great progress in implementing strategies to address homelessness,
the recent economic recession has hit hard- as evidenced by the increasing
numbers of persons facing homelessness for the first time, including an
alarming number of families with children.”
The report reveals that in 2010 Connecticut’s emergency
housing shelters served almost 11,700 person- including more than 1,500
children. In addition, the young
adult segment of the population faced great pressure, with more than 1,300
shelter users being between the ages of 18 – 24. The dire effects of the recession are reflected in the
fact that almost half of all homeless families and 40% of adults without
children were facing homelessness for the first time. In addition, more than one-third of single parents served by
Connecticut shelters had no significant financial resources.
The report found that factors contributing to homelessness
in Connecticut included inadequate income/loss of job, the high cost of housing
in the state, domestic violence, health/addiction issues and criminal justice
The report proposed comprehensive solutions to prevent and
end homelessness. Among the
recommendations to address homelessness proposed by the report the two most
important were noted to be:
1. Retool the
crisis response system by adopting housing-centered programs and using data to
better target services to those most in need.
access to stable and affordable housing by increasing housing subsidies and
linking those in need with supportive services. The report recommended expansion of the State Rental
Assistance Voucher Program as one way to implement this solution.
Please click on the link provided to view an executive
summary of Portraits
of Homelessness in Connecticut.
Please click here to view the full
For more information about the Danbury Housing Partnership
please call Chair Mark J. Nolan at 203-797-8255 or visit www.danburyhousingpartnership.org.
For more information about CCEH, please call 860-721-7876 or