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2016 PIT Count Shows Continuing Reduction in Homelessness Across CT

CT Coalition to End Homelessness

The Connecticut 2016 Point-in-Time (CT PIT 2016), conducted on January 26, 2016, indicates a continuing reduction in veteran, family, and chronic homelessness. The report identified 3,902 people experiencing homelessness in 2016, the lowest in Connecticut since counts have been done. This represents a 13% drop in homelessness since 2007 and a 4% decrease from 2015’s PIT.

According to Governor Dannel P. Malloy, "we've set high goals, and these statistics demonstrate that we are moving in the right direction. Ensuring and delivering housing is critical to building stronger communities for everyone, everywhere. Housing is key to economic development, and by building partnerships between the state, municipalities, and community nonprofit organizations, we're tackling an issue that is critical to our future. I want to thank each of our partners and those working on the front lines every day to help us reach these goals."

Key findings from the CT PIT 2016 report include:

  • 3,229 people resided in a shelter or transitional housing and 673 people were living in a place not suited for human habitation.
  • 23% reduction in veterans’ homelessness compared to 2015 and a 90% decrease in the number of veterans who self-reported as experiencing chronic homelessness. 
  • 20% drop in chronic homelessness among individuals from 2015. 
  • Nine families, consisting of 28 people, were estimated to be chronically homeless in 2015. 
  • 4% decrease in domestic violence victims living in a shelter or other facilities from 2015.

The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) coordinates Connecticut’s Point-In-Time (PIT) count on a single night during the last week of January each year. Changes to this year’s PIT count include a sheltered and unsheltered count, which is typically conducted every other year, to provide more detailed data on homelessness in the state.

“This substantial drop in chronic homelessness is a direct result of the great teamwork of providers in our communities, who are coordinating their efforts, targeting their resources, and working more closely together than ever before to house our most vulnerable individuals experiencing long term homelessness,” said Evonne Klein, Commissioner of the Connecticut  Department of Housing.

Click here to read the report.

Click here to read Governor Malloy’s press release. 

Click here to read CCEH press release. 

Click here to learn more about our campaign to end homelessness. 


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