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2018 CT PIT Count Shows Continuing Decline in Homelessness

23 May 2018
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness

The Connecticut 2018 Point-in-Time Count (CT PIT 2018) and Youth Count, conducted on the night of January 23rd, 2018, shows a reduction in veterans, family, and chronic homelessness. The statewide count found 3,383 people were staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing, and unsheltered on the night of the count, a 25% drop since 2007. 

Governor Malloy noted “we’re doing something in Connecticut that many thought would never be possible – we are on a path towards ending homelessness,”

According to Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman, “this report marks good progress in the effort to end homelessness. It’s an issue that impacts everyone in Connecticut – homelessness destabilizes communities and can devastate the people who are cycled in and out of emergency shelters for lack of services.”

Key highlights from the CT PIT 2018 and Youth Count:

  • There were seven unaccompanied minors experiencing homelessness, out of which two were unsheltered. 
  • 40% increase in individual adults experiencing unsheltered homelessness, a total of 579 people. 
  • No families and children were experiencing unsheltered homelessness. 
  • 370 homeless families were counted in this year's CT PIT 2018 a 6% drop since 2017. 
  • The total number of Veterans experiencing homelessness remain steady as last year’s numbers.
  • 50% reduction in chronically homeless veterans since 2017.
  • 17 families were identified as experiencing chronic homelessness and living in emergency shelter, a 49% drop since 2017 and 16% decline for individuals. 

New to this year’s report is a section on natural disasters evacuees from Puerto Rico that were staying in hotels paid for by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the state of Connecticut on the night of the count. There were 593 natural disaster evacuees counted as experiencing homelessness. 

Furthermore, the statewide youth count for unaccompanied youth under the age of 24 was conducted in conjunction with the CT PIT 2018. The Youth Count estimated that approximately 5,054 youth and young adults might be homeless or housing instability in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness coordinates the PIT Count every year. 

Click here to read the report. 

Click here to read the Governor’s press release. 

Click here to read CCEH’s press release.