A group protesting outside of Danbury City Hall in order to have officials better address the issue of homelessness is set to wrap up this weekend. A 10-year Plan to End Homelessness was adopted in Danbury in 2005. This September, the Danbury Housing Partnership will receive the draft of a new plan to end homelessness.
Mayor Mark Boughton says the advocates are a little misguided in where they are placing the protest. Boughton says the City does more than any other town in the area, and does more than most cities in the state when it comes to the issue of homelessness.
Boughton says while he supports their first amendment rights, the advocates should be lobbying area towns to do their part. He says he will continue to push surrounding towns to step up and do their free share.
Advocate Lynn Taborsak wants the City to prioritize housing assistance based on a vulnerability index. One night in January, volunteers in Danbury conducted the annual Point-In-Time count to determine the number of individuals living without a safe, stable place to call home. 148 people were counted.
The City Shelter, Dorothy Day, the Jericho Shelter on Maple Avenue and The First Congregational Church Shelter across from City Hall have beds. But some aren't open year round and others have limits on the number of nights people can stay.