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Homelessness and Poverty in Connecticut
Transcript of Homelessness and Poverty in Connecticut
Today's homeless population includes men, women, children and families.
More than 3.5 million people are homeless.
Of the 31.1 million people living in poverty, more than 12 million are children.
Families with children represent 23 percent of the homeless.
271,000 veterans are homeless in the united states
40 percent of homeless men have served in the armed forces compared to 34 percent in the general population
Meanwhile 45 percent of homeless veterans suffer from mental illness
Visit to St. Vincent DePaul
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"Somewhere on this planet, someone has a solution to each of the world's problems. It might be one of us. With your help, we can build a more hopeful world."
As a group, our project is focused on homelessness and poverty. Our project will tell you about the conditions they live in and the way homelessness has affected their lives.
The Homeless Shelter provides families and anyone who goes there with a secure sleeping environment seven nights a week. The facility is open to families on a 24 hour basis. Guests staying at the Shelter receive a shower, breakfast, lunch and dinner, clothing vouchers to the Saint Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen. Four full time case managers assist the guests with employment and apartment searches. Guests are also referred to addiction or health clinics at the Homeless Shelter guest's request. The facility is also available to the Greater Waterbury area in case of a local disaster.
As we know Connecticut is ranked #25 in the nation in state-by-state comparison of the homeless population.
It is estimated that at any one point in time, close to 4,000 people are homeless.
According to statistics presented by the US Census Bureau 20.6% of people live below the poverty level in Waterbury, Connecticut poverty level is at 9.5%
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Interviews in the community
Assistance Programs for the Homeless/Low Poverty
Monthly Income Limits
Gross Income Limit
(applies to most households, except those in which at least one person is 60 years of age or older, or receives disability income)
Net Income Limit
(applies to ALL households)
For a basic voucher is determined for a housing based on the households annual gross income and PHA's definition of a family participation is limited to U.S Citizens.
Family's income may not exceed 50 percent of median income for county which the family chooses to live.
By law PHA must provide 75 percent of its vouchers to a applicants who's incomes do not exceed 30 percent of the area median income.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.Must have house hold income at or below 185 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applicants must meet income requirements live in Connecticut must have legal of their identity.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Provides assistance to needy families so children may be cared for in their homes or homes of family members.
Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing incidence of pregnancies.
By: Katherine Munoz, Samantha Mazon, Sharanda Gillard, Sean Carlos Soto, Aixa Lopez, Nellie Vega
Habitat For Humanity
For families with low-income, Habitat for Humanity has found new ways to afford houses by building it them selves.
Today, their program has built more than 200,000 houses, giving homes to 1,000,000 in more than 3,000 communities world wide.
Towns associated with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Waterbury: Beacon Falls, Middlebury, Naugatuck, Oakville, Oxford, Prospect, Southbury, Waterbury, Watertown, Wolcott, and Woodbury
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.