Hartford-The annual count of homelessness in Connecticut on January 26 of this year shows that Connecticut continues to make major gains in the effort to end homelessness, according to Point-in-Time Count reports released May 10.
The January 26 count, coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), showed that overall, homelessness in Connecticut is down nearly four percent compared to 2015, and has dropped by 13 percent since 2007.
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.
Hartford– Earlier this year Department of Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein reached out to leadership of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities to solicit their support for Zero: 2016, a campaign to end chronic homelessness in Connecticut this year. The city of Manchester responded to the call – Mayor Jay Moran pledged to support the campaign by partnering with local providers and providing a $1,000 donation to the local Zero: 2016 effort.
The Zero: 2016 Campaign is a national initiative to end chronic and veteran homelessness by the end of this year. The effort is led in Connecticut by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and the Partnership for Strong Communities, working closely with the Departments of Housing and Mental Health and Addiction Services as well as other state partners. “Chronic homelessness” is defined as long-term or repeated homelessness of an individual living with a severe disability.
Connecticut is a national leader in the effort to end homelessness. In August of 2015, Connecticut made history when we became the first state to end the long term homelessness of veterans with disabilities. We are also on track, through the Governor’s Zero: 2016 initiative, to end the long-term homelessness of all Connecticut residents with severe disabilities by the end of this year.