State Rep. Tony Scott (R-Monroe, Trumbull, Easton) recently joined fellow state lawmakers, nonprofit providers, and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH) at a news conference at St. Elizabeth’s House to speak about the issues that have led to increased homelessness and how the state plans to address them. Scott advocated for greater resources to be allocated from the state surplus to help decrease the number of people experiencing homelessness.
“We had a unanimous vote in the Housing Committee to approve $50 million for homelessness support,” said Scott, who serves as the ranking member of the legislature’s Housing Committee. “Unfortunately, we only secured $5 million. This is not a partisan issue. It’s a humanitarian issue that we need to address.
“As Connecticut experiences surpluses, funding to address homelessness needs to be a top priority for putting those dollars to good use. We have this winter to show our colleagues that this $5 million was well spent, but that more funding would go a long way in moving these numbers downward,” Scott said.
According to CCEH, homelessness has increased 13% on an annual basis. The increase has been attributed to inflation, lingering impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a statewide shortage of housing inventory, including a lack of affordable housing options.
Deputy Housing Commissioner Brandon McGee, who attended the news conference, said that the $5 million budget allocation to implement housing solutions will be released to Connecticut’s communities soon.
“It’s important to recognize that this is a problem, and as state representatives it’s our responsibility to address this challenge. The government is here to support those in need, and I applaud our partners in the CCEH and those on the frontline for the hard work that they are doing,” Scott said.
At the conclusion of the news conference, CCEH’s Executive Director Sarah Fox said that there are committed providers in every corner of the state, ready to help in situations of crisis. She encouraged residents to dial 2-1-1 if they feel that they need additional housing or social services.
Scott represents the 112th district, which includes all of Monroe, about half of Easton and a portion of Trumbull.