The National Alliance to End Homelessness released its State of Homelessness: 2020 Edition report, reflecting on national data that was collected prior to the beginning of the global health pandemic.
The report notes that there were 567,715 people experiencing homelessness nationwide on a single night in January 2019, with individuals, males, and unsheltered identified as the subpopulations being significantly identified as experiencing homelessness.
In Connecticut, 3,033 people experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2019, representing a 24 percent decrease from the previous year's data. Connecticut had the largest percentage decrease in homelessness of any state in the United States.
The report also investigates which populations were most at risk, identifying Black, Indigenous and People of Color as populations that were all “much more likely to become homeless than the national average”. Pacific Islanders and Native Americans were identified as the most likely populations to be experiencing homelessness when compared to all other racial and ethnic groups.
While homelessness has increased by 3% compared to 2019 data, overall experiences of homelessness in the US have been on a downward trend since 2007, though some states and specific subpopulations are noted to have had varying degrees of success in reducing the numbers of homeless experiences in their communities.
Lastly, the report weaves in some “early considerations and predictions about the influence of the pandemic” on those experiencing homelessness and identifying people who may be more vulnerable or at a higher risk of serious complication or death from the virus if contracted. It also highlights some of the many challenges that have arisen in the work to continue to provide services, house and keep people safe while also engaging in efforts to avoid the spread of infectious disease.
To read the report from NAEH, click here.
For more details regarding the state of homelessness in Connecticut, click here.