The Studies Are Consistent: Housing Creates Jobs, Revenue & Economic Activity
Housing construction and rehabilitation has been shown to have a substantial positive impact on the state’s economy, including the ability to help the state generate new revenues. Housing development creates jobs, particularly jobs in the construction and service industries. It also provides much needed housing for Connecticut’s moderate and low income households, making the state more attractive for workers and businesses.
Housing Prices & Personal Income in CT: 2000-2011
Although median income in Connecticut is high at $66,441, housing prices in the state have grown substantially since 2000. The price for a single-family home in Connecticut rose by 62 percent from 2000 to 2008, while personal income rose by only 38 percent.
Change in 25-34 Year Old Population
Data from the 2010 U.S. Census indicates that Connecticut remains close to the bottom in the crucial cohort of skilled, educated young labor pool.
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Opening Doors - Connecticut
Opening Doors – CT is a framework to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut that is aligned with the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness. The leadership structure for planning and oversight of Opening Doors – CT is the Reaching Home Campaign. This fact sheet offers a short one-page description of Opening Doors - CT.
Housing and Homelessness
Housing affordability is out of reach for many of Connecticut’s residents. The economic downturn has changed the face of homelessness as we know it, and many of our state’s families with children are one unanticipated cost away from losing their housing. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the state of homelessness in CT and housing affordability, and outlines early recommendations as described in Reaching Home’s Opening Doors-CT blueprint to end and prevent homelessness.
High housing costs may drive homelessness, but poverty reinforces it. People experiencing homelessness have the direst need for income, but are the least connected to training and employment opportunities. This fact sheet takes a look at the income and employment needs of Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations and offers solutions to ensure that economic security is not an afterthought in the effort to prevent and end homelessness.
Youth and Homelessness
Youth become homeless for a variety of reasons and once on the streets they often become an ‘invisible population.’ They are unconnected to social services, families often fail to report youth that are no longer living with them. For these reasons, estimates of the homeless youth population are often significantly undercounted. This fact sheets provides details on what we do know about homeless youth in Connecticut and discusses how Reaching Home is addressing this unmet need in its implementation of Opening Doors-CT.
How Housing Gaps Drive Homelessness
Connecticut’s housing market is failing residents with the highest need for stable, affordable housing. Despite a statewide commitment to ending homelessness, we are not getting the job done, exacerbating gridlock in our housing and homeless assistance programs.
Consumer Feedback Focus Groups
Hearing feedback from people who have attempted to navigate the homelessness assistance and housing service systems is critical to addressing the barriers associated with exiting homelessness and maintaining housing stability. This report summarizes the findings of six focus groups conducted by the Reaching Home Campaign and will be used to help inform the work of Opening Doors-CT.
HMIS-Medicaid Data Match Shows Potential to Reduce Costs, Improve Health Outcomes
A January 2012 data match between HMIS and the DSS Medicaid database indicates that providing supportive housing coupled with health care coordination to a cohort of 419 people who are homeless, high utilizers of Medicaid services could avoid more than $3.5 million in Medicaid costs per year.
How Supportive Housing Works
Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on‐site or visiting case management and support and employment services. This fact sheet explores how supportive housing works.
Supportive Housing is Cost Effective
The Reaching Home Campaign has created materials to help policymakers and others see how supportive housing can help keep people with complex challenges from the revolving doors of expensive systems. Prevention, coordination and followup - connected to an affordable home - can help people with mental illness, chemical dependency or chronic health problems find stability and success, making them far less likely to wind up in emergency rooms, prisons, nursing homes and other costly settings.
Organizations Dedicated to Supportive Housing in Connecticut
This fact sheet details some of the organizations in Connecticut that are dedicated to promoting Supportive Housing across the state.