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2014 CT PIT: Homelessness Down Among Vets, Increasing for Families, Children

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)
 

2014 Connecticut Point-In-Time (CT PIT 2014) data indicate that efforts to end homelessness among Veterans are working, but that homelessness remained persistently high for other populations, including families. The statewide count, taken on the night of Jan. 29, 2014, found 3,571 people in emergency shelters and similar facilities, about equal to 2013 levels.

Important facts emerging from the 2014 CT PIT include the following:

  • The level of homelessness measured through the 2014 CT PIT was stable, with 3,571 people counted in emergency shelters and similar facilities, just about even with the 3,587 people counted in such facilities in 2013.
  • There was a 17% drop in the sheltered veteran population in the 2014 CT PIT, with 221 vets counted in total.
  • Homelessness among families, however, continues to grow with 458 families counted in emergency shelters, a 4.6% increase over the 438 families found in shelters in 2013. 
  • 22% of the people counted in this year’s PIT were children. 780 children were counted in emergency shelters and similar facilities in 2014, up 2.9% from the 758 counted in 2013.
  • Domestic violence was reported by 14% of adults counted in shelters as a contributing factor to their homelessness.  

Coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), this is the eighth year that the annual count has been conducted.

“There is great progress in Connecticut toward ending veteran homelessness,” said CCEH Executive Director Lisa Tepper Bates, “but there is more to be done to help families and singles in the general homeless population.”

This year’s count included only those who were homeless in emergency shelters, transitional housing programs, and domestic violence shelters. The “unsheltered” count - which includes a street count of adults and children living in places unfit for human habitations - is conducted every other year and will be included in the 2015 CT PIT.

Click here to access more information about the 2014 CT PIT, including statewide and regional data, on the CCEH website.

 

 
 

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