File - In this Dec. 1, 2017, file photo, Verna Vasbinder prepares her new bunk in the city's new Temporary Bridge Shelter for the homeless as her dog, Lucy Lui, looks on in San Diego. A new federal report says the number of people living on the streets in Los Angeles and San Diego, two epicenters of a West Coast homelessness crisis, fell this year, suggesting possible success in those cities' efforts to combat the problem. Homelessness overall was up slightly across the country, although the report did not provide a complete picture of the problem. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Federal report says homelessness climbed in Conn.

December 17, 2018 - 5:15 pm

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) -- A new federal report says Connecticut experienced a 17.4 percent increase in homelessness one night in January compared to the previous year.

Connecticut's Department of Housing says the uptick is mostly due to large numbers of Hurricane Maria evacuees.

The U.S. Housing and Urban Development's annual assessment to Congress, released Monday, says 3,976 people experienced homelessness on a single night in January 2018. Most were in emergency shelters or transitional housing. Homelessness experienced by families with children increased 41 percent.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy touts his administration's efforts to end homelessness. Last week, he announced 280 families were matched with housing during the past three months as part of a campaign to find homes.

Malloy predicts youth and family homelessness in Connecticut will end by the close of 2020.