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.
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.
This factsheet highlights the challenges Connecticut faces in terms of a lack of housing diversity and a lack of diversity in the age of the population, both of which inhibit the state's ability for economic growth.
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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.
What is Supportive Housing
Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on-site or visitng case management and support and employment services. This factsheet explains the need for supportive housing and how it works.
Homelessness Among Veterans in Connecticut
The causes of homelessness are much the same among veterans as among the general population. However, the stress and trauna of military service can increase the risk of being homeless for veterans living in extreme poverty.
Runaway and unaccompanied youth are an invisible population in Connecticut because many couch surf or stay with others for short periods of time. Adding to the difficulty of identying this population is the fact that each state agency counts them differently, or not at all. This factsheet outlines findings from a study done on Connecticut youth homelessness and solutions to address their needs.
Economic Security and Chronic Homelessness
Chronic homelessness is expensive for everyone, those experiencing it and the commities. Lack of income creates barriers to housing and contributes to returns to homelessness. This factsheet explains the Pathways to independence (PTI) model as a way for people who are chronically homeless to increase income and economic mobility.
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.
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.
Supportive Housing is Cost Effective
Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on-site or visiting case management and support and employment services. It has proved to be a permanent, cost-effective solution to long-term homelessness.