Hartford-The January 24th count, coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), showed that overall homelessness in Connecticut is down 13 percent compared to 2016, and down by 24 percent since 2007, the first year the census was conducted statewide. The 2017 count represents the lowest totals ever in a statewide CT PIT Count for individuals, families, veterans, and chronically homeless. Surveyors identified 3,387 individuals experiencing homelessness (down from 3,902 in 2016,).
The continuing decline follows major investments to end homelessness by the administration of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy and the General Assembly, in tandem with concerted efforts to coordinate and target resources at the community level. Connecticut’s work has earned national acclaim: the federal government confirmed in 2015 that Connecticut had effectively ended chronic homelessness among veterans. In 2016, Connecticut became one of the first two states to end all veteran homelessness by securing housing in less than 90 days for any veteran identified as homeless.
Jan. 12– Governor Dannel P. Malloy today announced that with the state’s significantly increased housing efforts over the last few years and focused strategies to end homelessness, the State of Connecticut has reached new record levels and is able to connect every chronically homeless person in the state with permanent housing. Connecticut’s efforts on this front are leading the nation in bringing chronic homelessness to new lows.
“The State of Connecticut has established a system where we can quickly identify and rapidly place chronically homeless individuals into permanent housing with the support services they need to maintain stability, thanks to the work of our relevant state agencies operating in collaboration with our network of nonprofit community providers,” Governor Malloy said. “Stable, secure housing is not only a basic human need, but also creates stronger and safer communities where families can thrive, and economic development and job growth can flourish. As many studies have shown, every dollar spent on affordable housing generates multiple times that amount in private economic activity again. Housing is a key component in our success to make Connecticut a robust and more competitive state, and reaching this level is a positive development in these efforts.”
2017 event turns state focus toward ending family and youth homelessness. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) 15th Annual Training Institute takes place May 18, 2017 from 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM at the Connecticut Convention Center. The event convenes nearly 400 leaders and practitioners from the field of homelessness, colleagues from government, and philanthropy from across the state. Governor Dannel P. Malloy, a champion of efforts to end homelessness, will speak to kick off the event’s lunch.
The conference will focus on building off of Connecticut’s success in ending veteran homelessness (one of the first two states federally certified for this achievement) and driving down chronic homelessness. Due to coordinated efforts across the state, Connecticut has seen four straight years of declining homelessness. The state’s next goals are to end homelessness among families and youth.
Nan Roman, President and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, will be the keynote speaker at lunch, reflecting on national progress to end homelessness and the road ahead. Megan Gibbard, Director of a Way Home America, the national effort to end youth homelessness, will speak in the morning.