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Danbury Sees Progress In Fight To End Chronic Homelessness In City

The City of Danbury's collaboration with Housing Partnership has made a positive impact on homelessness, according to Mayor Mark Boughton..
The City of Danbury's collaboration with Housing Partnership has made a positive impact on homelessness, according to Mayor Mark Boughton.. Photo Credit: Facebook/Mark Boughton

DANBURY, Conn. -- Danbury has made great strides towards ending chronic homelessness since the city began its collaboration with the Danbury Housing Partnership, according to Mayor Mark Boughton.

The city of Danbury and the Danbury Housing Partnership, comprised of over 30 nonprofits, government agencies, advocates, and business and church representatives, partnered for the "Plan to End Chronic Homelessness" in 2014.

Since then, the Association of Religious Communities has housed 100 families and individuals and the Community Care team, created through Danbury Hospital consisting of 40 organizations, has developed care plans for 110 residents, ages 22 to 83, who are chronically homeless and have a disability.

In addition, the Greater Danbury Continuum of Care (CoC) in 2016 housed 30 families and the Housing Authority of the City of Danbury partnered with CoC to move five people out of shelters to permanent housing.

And HACD used federal, state and city funds to acquire 12 permanent housing units in Danbury.

The goals set by the partnership were to increase income and economic security, improve health and effective use of health services, and increase the supply and supported housing.

"These efforts continue to show positive results with a 29 percent reduction of required services to homeless from 2015 to 2016," said Carolyn Sistrunk, HACD Executive Director.

"By implementing proven strategies, we have managed to achieve many of our goals and hope to continue to address and alleviate the issue of homelessness in our community,” said Boughton.

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