Chronic homelessness is defined as long-term or repeated homelessness, often coupled with a disability. Chronically homeless people also contend with physical and mental health problems, and become homeless as a direct result. These conditions are exacerbated by having nowhere safe to live. This frequently leads to hospitalization, institutionalization, even jail. Stable housing and supportive services are critical to help people experiencing homelessness move toward recovery.
CT’s Frequent Users’ Service Enhancement Program (FUSE)
FUSE is one promising intervention to target permanent supportive housing to certain chronically homeless individuals. FUSE is operated through a partnership between the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, the CT Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services, the CT Department of Correction, (DOC) the CT Judicial Branch’s Court Support Services Division. CCEH’s role is to identify people who frequently use services in both jails and shelters, using data from DOC and comparing this to client’s homelessness records. More information.