The Realities of Homelessness

Homeless In The US

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homeless per night

Every night in the United States more than 500,000  people are experiencing homelessness. Some have found shelter; more are outside. All are trying to find their way back to housing.

Homeless In Connecticut & Fairfield County

Connecticut

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People homeless on a given night in 2019
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Homeless Per 10,000 people in the general population

Fairfield County

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People homeless on a given night in 2019
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Homeless Per 10,000 people in the general population

Homelessness is pervasive. While there are many root causes of homelessness, the lack of housing affordability in Fairfield County drives many individuals and families from housing to homelessness.

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Annual Income need to afford a 1 Bedroom Apartment in Norwalk
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Households in Norwalk making less than $50,000

*Most recent Out of Reach study conducted by the National Low Income Housing Coalition

Health & Well Being

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Homelessness can have a negative effect on a person’s overall health. 

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as likely to have chronic medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
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Homeless diagnosed with a mental health condition

For the

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individuals and family members experiencing homelessness in the Greater Norwalk area

Open Doors provides street outreach, shelter case management, and affordable housing opportunities to get the most in need back into housing. Utilizing a Housing First approach, Open Doors recognizes that housing is the first step to regaining stability. Ongoing case management services for those transitioning out of homelessness are critical for those in need and Open Doors provides these services for over 40 individuals and families at any one time.