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Housing issues affect everyone in Connecticut, from those who are searching for a safe place to live, to those who may find it increasingly difficult to afford a place they already call home.WNPR is covering Connecticut's housing and homelessness issues in a series that examines how residents are handling the challenges they face. We look at the trends that matter most right now, and tell stories that help bring the issues to light.

Connecticut Sees Best Home Sales in Nine Years in June

Home sales in Connecticut were up June, and year-to-date are up almost 18 percent. One industry-watcher says pent-up demand going back to the recession, coupled with low prices and interest rates are driving sales.

Single-family home sales in Connecticut rose a bit over four percent in June, according to the latest report from The Warren Group, a banking and real estate trade publisher.

More than 3500 single-family homes sold in the month -- that’s the highest number of sales in in June since 2007.

And year-to-date, sales were up almost 18 percent.

The median price of a single-family home rose 1.5  percent in June. That’s only the second increase in the median price in 15 months.

The CEO of The Warren Group said median prices slipping more than two years, and the attractive prices are bringing buyers to market.

Health Exchange Looking to Enroll Thousands Who are Losing Medicaid

Connecticut's health insurance exchange will hold more enrollment fairs this weekend to help up to 18,000 people, who no longer qualify for Medicaid health coverage, to enroll in private insurance plans. The additional Access Health CT fairs will be held Saturday in Hartford and Bridgeport.

Legislation passed last year reduced the income limits for some people. Eligibility for what's called the HUSKY A programdropped from 201 percent of the federal poverty level to 155 percent. The change is expected to save the state about $87 million.

The HUSKY coverage will expire Sunday for affected individuals.

Mark is a former All Things Considered host and former senior editor with WSHU.

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