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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.

Report Finds Thousands Of Connecticut Youth Experienced Homelessness In 2020

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Last January, an estimated 2,500 young people experienced homelessness in Connecticut, according to the Connecticut Coalition To End Homelessness annual Youth Count. And that was before the pandemic that overturned so many lives.

Connecticut had made a goal to end youth homelessness by 2020. So what gaps remain? We hear from advocates, providers, and a young person about how the state can help youth at risk of housing insecurity and homelessness.

Have you or someone you know experienced housing insecurity or homelessness?

GUESTS:

  • Richard Cho - Chief Executive Officer of Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
  • Roy Graham - Youth Special Projects Coordinator for Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, where he oversees the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Project
  • Diamond Lovette - member of Youth Action Council that is part of the Greater Hartford and Central Coordinated Access Network (CAN)
  • Gabrielle Padilla - Coordinator of Housing Services through Mental Health Connecticut. She oversees the CAN Navigators program for the Northwest Connecticut Coordinated Access Network (CAN), serving Waterbury and Litchfield County

Cat Pastor contributed to this show.

Lucy leads Connecticut Public's strategies to deeply connect and build collaborations with community-focused organizations across the state.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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