HARTFORD, CT - State Representative David Michel (D-Stamford) will join his constituents to volunteer for the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness’ 2019 Annual Homeless Count to collect data on the number of people who are homeless in Connecticut.
The count will be held from Tuesday, January 22 until Tuesday, January 29.
Each year, the State of Connecticut conducts an annual census to measure homeless people in the state. This includes a one-night count of adults and families of children, and a week-long count of unaccompanied youth. These counts re the two sources of date used to measure the extent of homelessness in the state, and analyze trends in homelessness year-to-year.
Connecticut, like all states and communities, is required to report this data to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for use in the Annual Assessment of Homelessness Report to Congress.
“Homelessness is a significant issue in Stamford, and something many people experience due to the high cost of living, unlivable wages and a loss of jobs from the recession,” said Rep. Michel. “I am participating in this count because we can’t understand the gravity of the problem or work to help those experiencing homeless if we don’t have an accurate representation of it.”
Rep. Michel is co-introducing legislation for the 2019 session to raise the minimum fair wage, which will allow individuals who work an honest day to be paid fairly. He is also co-introducing legislation to ensure Connecticut’s students receive the high-quality skills training that is necessary to be competitive in the state’s workforce.
Additionally, he has supported efforts and outreach to provide services to homeless individuals and families and reduce the stigma of homelessness.
“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 is a national leader in ending homelessness, and reduced the number of people experiencing homelessness by 25 percent since 2007. Connecticut is one of three states recognized for its efforts to end homelessness among veterans, and is working to end homelessness among families, youth, and children by 2020.
The Connecticut Coalition 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.