A collaboration between the City of Danbury and the Danbury Housing Partnership made significant strides to end chronic homelessness last year. Mayor Mark Boughton says the Partnership managed successful outcomes through a collaborative process that included the active participation of more than 30 local and regional partners and stakeholders, including nonprofit organizations, government agencies, advocates, and representatives from the business and faith communities.
Since a strategic plan to end homelessness was developed in 2014, Danbury has increased its affordable housing portfolio by 50 units. During this time period, the Association of Religious Communities housed 100 families and individuals. The plan identifies three strategic goals: increased income & economic security, improved health & effective use of health services, and increased supply of supportive housing.
Health and Housing Department Director Scott LeRoy says they must not only help people get a home, but help them stay in their home.
A Community Care Team, created through the Danbury Hospital and 40 community organizations, has developed care plans for more than 110 greater Danbury residents aged 22-83 that are chronically homeless and suffering from a disability.
The Greater Danbury Continuum of Care is providing services to people who are homeless or facing threat of homelessness. Last year, the consortium of private, non-profit, and public agencies housed 30 new-housing chronically homeless families. The Housing Authority was also able to leverage Federal, State and City funds to acquire 12 permanent housing units in the City.
Boughton says all of these efforts have resulted in a 29% reduction of required services to homeless from 2015 to 2016.