January 28, 2019

Senator Abrams Joins With Constituents to Conduct the Annual Statewide Homeless Count

State Senator Mary Daugherty Abrams joined her constituents in volunteering for the 2019 Point-In-Time Count on Jan. 22 in order to gather data on how many people are experiencing homelessness in our community and across the state.

Every year, the State of Connecticut conducts an annual census of people who are experiencing homelessness, including a one-night count of adults and families with children and a week-long count of unaccompanied youth. These counts provide two of the sources of data that are used to measure the extent of homelessness in the state, and enables a comparison of how homelessness is trending from year-to-year. Like all states and communities, Connecticut is also required to report this data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, who will use it to compile its Annual Assessment of Homelessness Report to Congress.

“By joining this important event, we continue to shine a light on the pervasive plight of homelessness, both locally and state-wide,” Sen. Abrams said. “By understanding and learning more about who in Connecticut is struggling on our streets, we can better understand how to help them and where we should focus our efforts to relieve their pain.”

“The Point-in-Time Count and the Youth Outreach and Count help us to measure how well our coordinated system is working to reduce homelessness in our state and also impacts the amount of funding we receive from the federal government,” explains Richard Cho, CEO of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness. “We praise our elected leaders for participating in these counts as a way to demonstrate their commitment to the vision that no one in Connecticut should be without a safe and stable home.”

Connecticut has been a national leader in ending homelessness, having reduced the number of people experiencing homelessness by 25 percent since 2007. Connecticut is one of three states that has been recognized for effectively ending homelessness among veterans, and is working with partners across the state to end homelessness among families, youth, and children by 2020. The Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness is a leader in the statewide effort to end homelessness, works closely with homeless service providers to coordinate the delivery of evidence-based services to prevent homelessness whenever possible, or when not preventable, to ensure that it is brief and a one-time experience.

Anyone currently experiencing homelessness, at risk of homelessness, or in need of housing assistance should contact 2-1-1 where they will speak with a housing specialist who will connect them to the appropriate regional Coordinated Access Network.

To learn more about what the state is doing to end homelessness and to get involved in the solution, visit the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness at www.CCEH.org.