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Results of the 2019 Annual Point-in-Time Count has been released.  The number of people experiencing homelessness continues to decrease in Connecticut. Overall, the one-night count is estimated at 3,033 people, representing a 10 percent decrease in homelessness since 2018 and a 32 percent decrease since 2007, the first year that these annual counts took place. 

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness and volunteers spread out across the state January 22nd and says the coordinated response system that Connecticut has built is working to both prevent people from falling into homelessness or quickly resolve it when it cannot be avoided. 

During the one night canvas, volunteers counted 27 unsheltered persons in Danbury.  That included 21 unaccompanied youths under age 18.  They determined there were 6 single adults living unsheltered.  There was also 1 family, an adult and a child, living unsheltered on the January evening.  

Volunteers found there were no unsheltered Veterans in Danbury.  That's been the case for the past few years.

There were 85 people in emergency shelters and transitional housing in Danbury.  That includes 22 children in families, 15 parents and 48 single adults.  The report shows there were 11 chronically homeless adults in shelters in Danbury, about 9-percent of all sheltered single adults in the state.  There were also 15 families in emergency shelters and transitional housing in Danbury.

While there were decreases in chronic, family and veteran homelessness statewide, the count found more unaccompanied homeless youth age 24 and younger.  A week-long Youth Outreach and Count identified 337 youth in shelters, outside, or in places not meant for human habitation—83 more youth than counted in the previous year.  There were also 674 youth who were unstably housed, living “doubled up” or “couch surfing.”

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