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  2-1-1 Community Connection
September 2010
 
   

Message from Richard Porth
President, United Way of Connecticut 

2-1-1 Barometer: Affordable Housing

Connecticut has among the highest housing costs in the nation, making the availability of affordable housing a critical issue for many communities. It is estimated that there are 344,000 households in the state in need of affordable housing. This need is reflected in the 20% increase in housing-related requests for services made to
2-1-1 in fiscal year 2010. This edition of the 2-1-1 Barometer reviews data on housing affordability and current affordable housing initiatives. Click here for the latest 2-1-1 Barometer.

   
Federal Poverty Rate Increases

The federal poverty rate rose to 14.3% (43.6 million people) in 2009 from 13.2% (39.8 million) in the previous year, according to new data released by the Census Bureau. The rate is the highest since 1994. In the northeast, the poverty rate climbed to 12.2% from 11.6% in 2008. Click here for the new Census poverty data. Click here for the federal poverty guidelines..

   
2-1-1 Calls at a Glance: Housing

United Way 2-1-1 received close to 68,000 requests for services related to housing in fiscal year 2010, accounting for over 14% of all requests. The majority of these requests were for homeless shelters, subsidized housing and/or financial assistance for rent payment. Click here for 2-1-1 housing call stats in your town and local United Way area.



National Depression Screening Day

October 7 is National Depression Screening Day. The day raises awareness about depression and related mood and anxiety disorders. Free, anonymous mental health screenings will be conducted throughout the state. Dial 2-1-1 or click here for information on screening sites.

 

The mission of the United Way of Connecticut is to help meet the needs of Connecticut residents by providing information, education and connection to services.

 
   

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