NEW HAVEN — The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development noted Thursday that fewer homeless people were found on Connecticut streets in January 2019, ahead of the annual Point-In-Time count by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

HUD released its 2019 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress this week, which included the finding that 3,033 people were experiencing homelessness in Connecticut on Jan. 22, 2019 — a decrease of 943 people, or 23.7 percent, from 2018.

Across the nation, 567,715 people experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2019, according to the report. That’s an increase of 14,885 people, or 2.7 percent, from 2018.

Homelessness among veterans fell by 2.1 percent nationwide, while homelessness among families with children dropped 4.8 percent in 2019, the report states.

“The Trump Administration is committed to working with local communities to find effective ways to end homelessness,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson in the release. “HUD will continue these efforts to help end the suffering of our most vulnerable neighbors in the most compassionate way possible.”

The Connecticut Coalation to End Homelessness is seeking volunteers to help conduct this year’s Point-in-Time Count on the evening of Jan. 21, as well as a weeklong effort to survey homeless youths from Jan. 22 to Jan. 28.

Each year, the Point-in-Time Count surveys adults and families with children for one night, followed by the Outreach & Count, a week-long count of youth.

These counts provide two sources of data that are used to measure the extent of homelessness in the state and enables a comparison of how homelessness is trending from year-to-year, according to a statement from the coalition.

Connecticut Media Group