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2015 CT PIT Results: Overall Homelessness Down, New Data on Youth Homelessness Available

CT Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH)
 

The 2015 Connecticut Point-in-Time (CT PIT 2015) shows a reduction in veterans, family, and chronic homelessness. The statewide count, taken on the night of February 18, 2015, found 3,412 people were staying in emergency shelters and other facilities, a reduction of 4% from 2014. Moreover, it found a 21% decrease in chronic homelessness.

According to Evonne Klein, Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Housing, “This substantial drop in chronic homelessness is a direct result of the great work of providers in our communities, who are working together in new ways to ensure our most vulnerable and long-term homeless individuals are placed into appropriate housing.”

2015 CT PIT highlights:

  • The number of people experiencing homelessness on a single night decreased from 4,506 in 2013 to 4,038 in 2015.
  • Approximately 80 Veterans identified as homeless, and 161 veterans enrolled in transitional housing programs.
  • 32% decrease in unsheltered people since 2013.
  • 4% decrease in families staying in shelters in 2015 and 65% drop in the number of people in unsheltered families compared to the 2013 PIT count.
  • 19% of shelter residents reported being a victim of domestic violence.

 

Every year the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness coordinates Connecticut’s Point-In-Time (PIT) count on a single night during the last week of January, although this year’s PIT was conducted in February due to weather conditions.  This year, in conjunction with the 2015 CT PIT, CCEH also conducted the first statewide youth count for unaccompanied youth under the age of 24. While the PIT results identified only 11 unaccompanied youth as experiencing homelessness, the Youth Count identified 585 youth as homeless or housing unstable. Furthermore, the Youth Count estimated that approximately 3,000 youth and young adults might be homeless or housing instability in Connecticut over the course of the year.

Stacey Violante Cote, Director of the Teen Legal Advocacy Project of the Center for Children’s Advocacy stated that “homelessness and severe housing instability severely impact the ability of these youth to attend school and work, and leave them highly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation.”

Click here to access the PIT Count report.

Click here to access CCEH press release about the PIT release.

Click here to access Governor Malloy's press release about the PIT release. 

Click here for more information about our campaigns to end homelessness in Connecticut.

 

 
 

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