Downtown, Homeless People Counted

 A man who reconnected with his Columbus House case worker on the Green during Tuesday night’s Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count.

A man who reconnected with his Columbus House case worker on the Green during Tuesday night’s Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count.

Tuesday, January 24, 2018 - 

Late Tuesday night outside the bus stop at Temple Street and Chapel Street, a man with a thick, matted beard and a blue hoodie beneath his winter coat walked to the edge of the sidewalk to give an old friend a hug.

The man with the beard, who said that he was a former professional boxer who has struggled with alcohol abuse and with his mental health, has been chronically homeless in New Haven for over five years.

The friend he saw on Tuesday night was Stephanie DeMusis, a case manager in outreach and engagement at Columbus House who used to work with the man before he left her care and fell out of touch.

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