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A Look at Homelessness

Jan 25, 2012

Last week, the National Alliance to End Homeless released an annual report that said homeless is down slightly, but the number of people who are doubling up with friends and family is up. Today, advocates around the state will conduct an annual point-in-time survey of Connecticut’s homeless. On Friday, volunteer musicians will come together at one of Hartford’s poorest Catholic parishes to perform Handel’s Messiah to raise money for a Hartford shelter. How is Connecticut, one of the richest states in the country, doing with its homeless population?

Today, we will talk to the executive director of Connecticut Coalition to End Homeless, an assistant director of the South Park Inn, and the commissioner of the state Department of Veterans’ Affairs. We’ll also hear from a man who’s been homeless for 7½ years in Glastonbury, a relatively wealthy town you wouldn’t think would face the challenges of homelessness.