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Petition calls for action to end homelessness

A group protesting outside of City Hall for two weeks in order to have Danbury officials better address the issue of homelessness have packed up their tents.  Participants plan to present a petition to the City Council at their August meeting calling for action.  Advocate Lynn Taborsak wants the City to prioritize housing assistance based on a vulnerability index. 


A 10-year Plan to End Homelessness was adopted in Danbury in 2005.  This September, a draft of a new plan will be crafted. 


The City's Health, Housing and Welfare Department reported this month to the City Council about their activities for May.  The housing caseworker managed 63 active cases and the Day Center--located at the Emergency Shelter--had 879 visits from homeless individuals or those at risk of becoming homeless.  That figure included weekend service meetings.  The nearly 900 visits to the Day Center included 540 lunches being served, 100 showers, and 43 veteran referrals among other services.


MCCA weekend counseling services also resumed with 15 mental health referrals or case management and 64 for substance abuse.