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Brief: State & Local Cuts May Lead to More Homelessness in U.S.


Cuts to state and local budgets nationwide are leading to increased vulnerability and may lead to increases in homelessness, according to a brief released August 2 by the National Alliance to End Homelessness (NAEH).

The brief, “Economy Bytes: Effect of State and Local Budget Cuts on Homelessness,” identifies nine states where an elevated level of vulnerability exists. The brief also details how in the past two fiscal years, 24 states and the District of Columbia made cuts to public assistance and 34 made cuts to public sector jobs.

In Connecticut, by comparison, the General Assembly and Governor Dannel P. Malloy passed a budget in June which provides $30 million in new capital, including additional dollars for rental subsidies and wraparound services for 150 new units of supportive housing and an additional $100 million overall in new affordable housing capital over the next biennium, including additional dollars for rental subsidies and wraparound services.

The budget closes a $2 billion budget deficit by extracting $1.6 billion in concessions from state employee unions without any layoffs, an agreement that is still waiting approval from the unions. Should they fail to ratify the agreement, the Governor has promised more than 6,000 layoffs. The results of the union vote will be announced Thursday.

To Learn More:
Read the NAEH Brief
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