Homelessness in Danbury has dropped 12-percent over the past year. The result was part of a report by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness on their annual Point in Time Count. 110 people were determined to be homeless in January during the the count. This is the third year in a row that homelessness has gone down in Danbury.
Coalition Executive Director Lisa Tepper-Bates says a separate count of homeless youth in Connecticut was also conducted. 4,396 people under the age of 25 are homeless, or facing severe housing instability. She noted that the practice of couch surfing is very dangerous, and this is an issue they hope to address soon.
Tepper-Bates says coordinating resources and ending duplicated efforts by municipalities and non-profits has led to the overall decline.