[Hpn] A year ago, the Mayor's Task Force to End Homelessness identified 321 homeless people

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Wed, 18 Apr 2007 14:48:05 -0400


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Apr 18 2007=20
Boughton seeks towns' help to fight homelessness=20


By Mark Langlois=20
THE NEWS-TIMES=20

DANBURY -- A year ago, the Mayor's Task Force to End Homelessness =
identified 321 homeless people in Danbury.=20
This spring, Mayor Mark Boughton took the first steps to turn that =
number to zero.=20

So far, Boughton has visited nine of 10 area towns to ask for money. =
Boughton plans to set up a meeting in Redding.=20

Danbury is putting up $50,000 to create the project's entry point -- the =
first place a person can turn to for help.=20

The entry point will be located at an office at the Association of =
Religious Communities (ARC) headquarters on Main Street.=20

Ending homelessness isn't simply a question of creating new shelters, =
officials said.=20

"It's a regional approach to helping people, and, of course we support =
it," Brookfield First Selectman Jerry Murphy said. Brookfield has agreed =
to give Danbury the $5,100 it requested, he said.=20

"In concept, everyone agreed they want to share in the costs," Boughton =
said about his visits to nearby towns.=20

Murphy said Brookfield has a social services fund of roughly $30,000 to =
help those who may have trouble paying an oil bill or another urgent =
need. In September the town identified 65 families in need, Murphy said. =


"It's all done in an unobtrusive manner. It's all done pretty quietly," =
he said.=20

The city of Danbury attracts homeless people from surrounding towns, in =
part, because Danbury has two homeless shelters and an overflow shelter, =
as well as more apartments and more housing than neighboring towns. =
Also, many state offices are located in Danbury.=20

Murphy said if the entry point is tracking those in need of help, it =
will serve Brookfield and its residents as well.=20

The point of entry is estimated to cost about $90,000 a year.=20

With Danbury agreeing to pay $50,000, the goal is for each of the 10 =
towns in the regional planning area to pay the remaining $40,000.=20

New Milford, Newtown and Ridgefield are being asked for roughly $6,000 =
each, while Bridgewater and Sherman are being asked for $1,350 each.=20

Other towns, including Bethel and Redding, will be asked to pay =
something between those two amounts.=20

Boughton said none of the towns has handed over any money yet.=20

Building affordable housing is one step towns can take to help reduce =
homelessness, according to Danbury's plan to end homelessness and state =
housing laws.=20

According to records kept by the state Department of Economic and =
Community Development, only Danbury meets the state's goal of a town =
classifying 10 percent of its housing as affordable.=20

In Danbury, the median income for a family of four is roughly $100,000, =
according to the federal Department of Labor. To be eligible for =
affordable housing, a single person cannot make more than $42,000, and a =
family of four cannot make more than $60,000.=20

Charlotte Barrows, of the city's Senior Housing Task Force, said she =
wants to find options for elderly people who own a house but can't =
maintain it. "Your expenses keep going up," said Barrows, who retired in =
1991. "But your income doesn't."=20


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Percent of housing deemed affordable by the state Department of Economic =
and Community Development=20

Danbury " 10.1=20

Bethel " 4.87=20

Bridgewater "0.13=20

Brookfield "1.47=20

New Fairfield " 0.52=20

New Milford " 2.32=20

Newtown " 1.91=20

Redding " 0=20

Ridgefield " 1.8=20

Roxbury " 1.87=20

Sherman " 0.06=20

Southbury " 1.31=20













William Charles Tinker=20
New Hampshire Homeless=20
Founded 11-28-99
25 Granite Street=20
Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 USA=20
Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights.=20
1-603-286-2492=20
http://www.missingkids.com=20
http://www.nationalhomeless.org=20
http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org=20
newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com=20

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<DIV class=3Dtimestamp align=3Dright>Apr 18 2007 </DIV>
<DIV class=3Dstoryheadline>Boughton seeks towns' help to fight =
homelessness=20
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<DIV class=3Dbyline>By Mark Langlois <BR>THE NEWS-TIMES =
</DIV><BR>DANBURY -- A=20
year ago, the Mayor's Task Force to End Homelessness identified 321 =
homeless=20
people in Danbury.=20
<P>This spring, Mayor Mark Boughton took the first steps to turn that =
number to=20
zero.=20
<P>So far, Boughton has visited nine of 10 area towns to ask for money. =
Boughton=20
plans to set up a meeting in Redding.=20
<P>Danbury is putting up $50,000 to create the project's entry point -- =
the=20
first place a person can turn to for help.=20
<P>The entry point will be located at an office at the Association of =
Religious=20
Communities (ARC) headquarters on Main Street.=20
<P>Ending homelessness isn't simply a question of creating new shelters, =

officials said.=20
<P>"It's a regional approach to helping people, and, of course we =
support it,"=20
Brookfield First Selectman Jerry Murphy said. Brookfield has agreed to =
give=20
Danbury the $5,100 it requested, he said.=20
<P>"In concept, everyone agreed they want to share in the costs," =
Boughton said=20
about his visits to nearby towns.=20
<P>Murphy said Brookfield has a social services fund of roughly $30,000 =
to help=20
those who may have trouble paying an oil bill or another urgent need. In =

September the town identified 65 families in need, Murphy said.=20
<P>"It's all done in an unobtrusive manner. It's all done pretty =
quietly," he=20
said. </P>
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<P>The city of Danbury attracts homeless people from surrounding towns, =
in part,=20
because Danbury has two homeless shelters and an overflow shelter, as =
well as=20
more apartments and more housing than neighboring towns. Also, many =
state=20
offices are located in Danbury.=20
<P>Murphy said if the entry point is tracking those in need of help, it =
will=20
serve Brookfield and its residents as well.=20
<P>The point of entry is estimated to cost about $90,000 a year.=20
<P>With Danbury agreeing to pay $50,000, the goal is for each of the 10 =
towns in=20
the regional planning area to pay the remaining $40,000.=20
<P>New Milford, Newtown and Ridgefield are being asked for roughly =
$6,000 each,=20
while Bridgewater and Sherman are being asked for $1,350 each.=20
<P>Other towns, including Bethel and Redding, will be asked to pay =
something=20
between those two amounts.=20
<P>Boughton said none of the towns has handed over any money yet.=20
<P>Building affordable housing is one step towns can take to help reduce =

homelessness, according to Danbury's plan to end homelessness and state =
housing=20
laws.=20
<P>According to records kept by the state Department of Economic and =
Community=20
Development, only Danbury meets the state's goal of a town classifying =
10=20
percent of its housing as affordable.=20
<P>In Danbury, the median income for a family of four is roughly =
$100,000,=20
according to the federal Department of Labor. To be eligible for =
affordable=20
housing, a single person cannot make more than $42,000, and a family of =
four=20
cannot make more than $60,000.=20
<P>Charlotte Barrows, of the city's Senior Housing Task Force, said she =
wants to=20
find options for elderly people who own a house but can't maintain it. =
"Your=20
expenses keep going up," said Barrows, who retired in 1991. "But your =
income=20
doesn't." </I></SPAN>
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<P></B>Percent of housing deemed affordable by the state Department of =
Economic=20
and Community Development=20
<P>Danbury " 10.1=20
<P>Bethel " 4.87=20
<P>Bridgewater "0.13=20
<P>Brookfield "1.47=20
<P>New Fairfield " 0.52=20
<P>New Milford " 2.32=20
<P>Newtown " 1.91=20
<P>Redding " 0=20
<P>Ridgefield " 1.8=20
<P>Roxbury " 1.87=20
<P>Sherman " 0.06=20
<P>Southbury " 1.31 </P>
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<DIV><FONT face=3DArial size=3D2>William Charles Tinker <BR>New =
Hampshire Homeless=20
<BR>Founded 11-28-99<BR>25 Granite Street <BR>Northfield,N.H. 03276-1640 =
USA=20
<BR>Advocates,activists for disabled,displaced human rights. =
<BR>1-603-286-2492=20
<BR><A =
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<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.nationalhomeless.org">http://www.nationalhomeless.org<=
/A>=20
<BR><A=20
href=3D"http://www.newhampshirehomeless.org">http://www.newhampshirehomel=
ess.org</A>=20
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href=3D"mailto:newhampshirehomeless-subscribe@topica.com">newhampshirehom=
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