Health care and housing are closely intertwined and access to both is necessary for ending homelessness. This report looks at the Vulnerability Index as a way to assess the crisis in the Capitol Region of Connecticut. In order to be categorized as “vulnerable” an individual must have been homeless for at least six months and self identify as having one or more of the eight health risk factors.
In this report, Journey Home used the Vulnerability Index to identify and create a list of those who have been homeless the longest and are most at risk of mortality. Results from the Vulnerability Index can be used to estimate the healthcare resources spent on those surveyed.