May 30, 2016

Decline in Homelessness Continues

Connecticut’s homeless population continues to decline, according to the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ recently released annual “Point in Time Count” report. The count is a statewide census, conducted on a single winter night (January 26), of homeless people staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing or living under bridges or in parks, abandoned buildings, or other places unintended for human habitation.

The report highlights the following statistics from the 2016 count:
  • 3,911 people were identified as homeless in this year’s count, a 3.4% decrease from 2015 and 13% decrease from 2007.
  • almost 83% (3,238) of these people were in homeless shelters or transitional housing, down 5% from last year.
  • 673 people were living on the street or other places not intended for people to live, slightly more than in 2015, but down 17% since 2007.
  • 439 adult individuals were reported as chronically homeless—literally homeless for at least one year or for four episodes in the past three years adding up to at least 12 months, a 20% decrease from 2015.