New solutions to assisting unhoused people: Moving beyond the shelter model
The number of people who became unhoused in Connecticut increased by 13 percent between 2021 and last year.
And in most places around the country, cities rely on shelters to accommodate people who are unhoused. But those who’ve lived there say this model isn’t working. Families are separated. There’s a 90-day stay limit. There’s little to no security for personal belongings. And at dawn, everyone’s asked to leave, rain or shine.
Today on Where We Live, we hear from the founder of Rosette Village, a transitional housing community on Rosette Street in New Haven. It's a housing model where people live together with their families and stay for as long as they need to, which can improve health outcomes for unhoused people.
Their tents are provided with electricity. Everyone has lockers for personal belongings. And they say their health has improved. Residents are hoping to live in prefabricated tiny homes set up on site so they can live safely.
Later, we talk about the health impact on people without housing.
- Suki Godek: an unhoused activist living at Rosette Village
- Mark Colville: the housing activist behind Rosette Village
- New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker
- Dr. Caitlin Ryus: Instructor in Emergency Medicine and the Co-Director of the Yale Emergency Scholars Fellowship