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State of Homelessness Report Examines National Trends

National Alliance to End Homelessness

Nationwide, the overall homeless population dropped from 2012 to 2013. The National Alliance to End Homelessness released -The State of Homelessness in American 2014 – on May 28, 2014 which is part of a series of reports that are charting the state of home.

Nationally, overall homelessness decreased by 3.7% from 2012 to 2013 as well as in every subpopulation, families, chronically homeless individuals, and veterans. However, nationwide trends do not necessary reflect local trends.

Connecticut’s 2013 numbers were the reverse of almost all of the national trends. The report – which uses data from the Point In Time Count – indicates that the state experienced a 3.4% increase in homelessness from 2012 to 2013 from 1,303 to 1,347. Family homelessness saw a 5.79% increase from 449 in 2012 to 475 in 2013. Veteran homelessness also increased 2.71% from 332 in 2012 to 341 in 2013. Rate of veteran homelessness was 15.8 per 10,000 in 2013 in Connecticut compared to the national rate of 27.3 per 10,000.

The NAEH report does not reflect more recent data collected from Connecticut’s 2014 Point in Time Count, which indicated a decline in homelessness from 2013 to 2104. The 2014 CT PIT data show 3,571 people were homeless on a single night in January, including 513 families with 775 children and 221 Veterans. 

The 2014 State of Homelessness report also details the trends in populations at-risk of homelessness, the availability and utility of resources for those who are homelessness, and a method to evaluate the effectiveness of the help those who are homeless are receiving for entering and remaining housed.

Click here to access the full report. 


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