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"No Wrong Door" Conference Lays Groundwork for Collaboration on Housing

October 8, 2010

MERIDEN, Conn. - People in Connecticut find themselves homeless for a whole range of reasons, including poverty, health problems and domestic violence. The "No Wrong Door" conference held Thursday in Meriden was called an "unprecedented" opportunity to coordinate services for these residents.

Carol Walter of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness says those needing help should not have to elaborate on their personal problems in order to get services.

"These things should be invisible to people who need help, and people who need help should be able to get it in a well-coordinated, collaborative system of care."

The conference was spearheaded by the Connecticut AIDS Resource Coalition. It attracted 250 social service providers from around the state.

Walter says the need is great because of the ever-growing number of homeless people in Connecticut.

"We've seen a solid 12-month period where shelter-bed utilization in Connecticut has exceeded 100 percent - the first time this has happened in the history of our collecting data."

The data collection has been ongoing for 25 years.

Melinda Tuhus, Public News Service - CT