CT Homelessness Raising

Connecticut Homelessness On The Rise

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Connecticut had been making progress in reducing homelessness, but the situation has worsened recently. According to reports, there was a 13% increase in homelessness in 2021, and a further 2.9% increase in 2022. The rise in homelessness is attributed to a combination of factors, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic instability, and a lack of affordable housing.

Martin House, a facility that provides housing for individuals experiencing or at risk of homelessness due to mental health reasons, is facing challenges due to the increasing demand for transitional housing. The facility currently has a 20-person waiting list, and the average stay for residents is four to five years. However, the lack of affordable housing in the region and the stigma associated with affordable housing need to be addressed to improve the situation.

Transitional housing and support programs are crucial for helping individuals transition out of homelessness, but funding for these initiatives is limited. Martin House relies heavily on grants, donations, and fundraisers to operate and faces challenges in engaging younger donors.

Despite the challenges, success stories like Donald Hunter, a resident at Martin House, show the positive impact of these support programs. Hunter, who faced addiction-related issues and incarceration, has found stability and support at Martin House and aspires to become a drug and alcohol counselor in the future.

The future of homelessness in Connecticut will depend on the economic outlook and the availability of affordable housing options. Efforts to support transitional housing and dispel stereotypes around affordable housing are critical in addressing the issue effectively.