Hurricane Maria Drives Up Connecticut’s Homelessness Numbers

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Hurricane Maria Drives Up Connecticut’s Homelessness Numbers

A new federal report says Connecticut experienced one of the largest year-to-year percentage increases in homelessness. But state officials and advocates say Hurricane Maria had a major impact on those numbers.

The estimate from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development says based on a one-night survey done in January 2017 and again this year, Connecticut’s numbers spiked 17 percent, to almost 4,000 homeless.

A big reason for that? Evacuees leaving Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.

“We did see that spike because of that emergency sheltering program for families displaced by the storm,” said Richard Cho, CEO of Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, which conducted the count for HUD…

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