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Report: Chronic homelessness down 50 percent in Connecticut

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HARTFORD — An advocacy group for affordable housing says Connecticut is making significant progress toward ending chronic homelessness.

The group Partnership for Strong Communities released its annual housing report on Tuesday.

The report found that chronic homelessness declined almost 50 percent in the state between 2014 and 2015, with 538 chronically homeless people being housed by the state’s shelter network in 2015, down from 1,026.

The report also found that 49 percent of renters and 30 percent of home owners were identified as severely burdened by housing costs, paying 30 percent or more of their income for housing.

The report says affordable housing makes up less than 10 percent of all housing in 138 of Connecticut’s 169 municipalities.

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