Fact Sheets: Reaching Home

  • Opening Doors - Connecticut
    Opening Doors – CT is a framework to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut that is aligned with the federal Opening Doors plan to end homelessness. The leadership structure for planning and oversight of Opening Doors – CT is the Reaching Home Campaign. This fact sheet offers a short one-page description of Opening Doors - CT.
  • What is Supportive Housing 
    Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on-site or visiting case management and support and employment services. This factsheet explains the need for supportive housing and how it works. 
  • Homelessness Among Veterans in Connecticut
    The causes of homelessness are much the same among veterans as among the general population. However, the stress and trauma of military service can increase the risk of being homeless for veterans living in extreme poverty.
  • Youth Homelessness
    Runaway and unaccompanied youth are an invisible population in Connecticut because many couch surf or stay with others for short periods of time. Adding to the difficulty of identifying this population is the fact that each state agency counts them differently, or not at all. This factsheet outlines findings from a study done on Connecticut youth homelessness and solutions to address their needs. 
  • Economic Security and Chronic Homelessness
    Chronic homelessness is expensive for everyone, those experiencing it and their communities. Lack of income creates barriers to housing and contributes to returns to homelessness. This factsheet explains the Pathways to independence (PTI) model as a way for people who are chronically homeless to increase income and economic mobility.
  • Housing and Homelessness
    Housing affordability is out of reach for many of Connecticut’s residents. The economic downturn has changed the face of homelessness as we know it, and many of our state’s families with children are one unanticipated cost away from losing their housing. This fact sheet provides a brief overview of the state of homelessness in CT and housing affordability, and outlines early recommendations as described in Reaching Home’s Opening Doors-CT blueprint to end and prevent homelessness.
  • How Housing Gaps Drive Homelessness
    Connecticut’s housing market is failing residents with the highest need for stable, affordable housing. Despite a statewide commitment to ending homelessness, we are not getting the job done, exacerbating gridlock in our housing and homeless assistance programs.
  • Supportive Housing is Cost Effective
    Supportive housing is permanent, independent and affordable housing combined with on-site or visiting case management and support and employment services. It has proved to be a permanent, cost-effective solution to long-term homelessness.