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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.

Portraits of Homelessness

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Recent reports show a 3% increase of people in shelters in Connecticut from 2009 to 2010. Of this population, more than half of all families and 40% of single adults in shelters report being homeless for first time  And in these harsh winter months, even overflow homeless shelters are overflowing. 

Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness releases a new report today that provides a portrait of homelessness in Connecticut, the contributing factors, and the potential resources available to assist and house this growing population. 

We’ll talk with the Executive Director of CCEH to hear about the report’s findings and about what the state is doing to reverse this trend. And we’ll hear from a formerly homeless Connecticut woman who is now a member of a coalition to empower this population and end homelessness.