Portraits of Homelessness in ConnecticutPAGE 1
espite our best eorts, homelessness in Connecticut has reached alarming levels.Last year, Connecticut’s emergency shelters alone served 11,700 people, includingmore than 1,500 children. The number o people in shelters and transitionalprograms at any given point in time increased 3% rom 2009 to 2010, while shelters havebeen over capacity (exceeding 100% o available beds, and unable to serve all those inneed) during all o 2010 and much o 2009. While collectively we may have slowed therate o growth in homelessness over time, the numbers continue to increase. We need todo more, and we need to do it better. This report provides an overview o the current state o homelessness in Connecticut,ocusing on understanding who is homeless today, the resources that are available toassist them and actions to be taken to increase the eectiveness o eorts to preventand end homelessness.
CT PIT 2010
revealed a startling number o people becoming homeless or therst time. Almost hal o all amilies and 40% o single adults in shelters reported thatthis was their rst homeless experience.
Almost hal o all amilies and 40% o singleadults in shelters reported that this was their frsthomeless experience.
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness