Reality on the Streets

Many families today describe themselves as living on the edge. A medical bill, job layoff or other unexpected circumstance can result in an immediate plunge from poverty to homelessness.

Addiction, mental illness and domestic abuse may also contribute. The homeless and poor have been our neighbors for decades, but their problems have become far more visible as economic challenges in our community have increased. Recent studies show:*

  • On any given night, over 1,000 people are homeless on the streets of Bridgeport, Norwalk and Stamford, and there are more than 200 homeless people in Bridgeport’s downtown area.
  • 37.6 percent of children in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
  • 16.2 percent of families in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
  • 18.4 percent of individuals in Bridgeport live below the poverty line.
*Americantowns.com; Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness; Bridgeport Child Advocacy Coalition; State of Homelessness in America

Each Year Bridgeport Rescue Mission…

Provide

Provides hot meals
365 days a year
to hungry men, women and children

Helps men and women struggling with addiction in our New Life Program

 

Offer

Offers safe shelter to hundreds of men, women and children each night

 

Distribute

Distribute warm coats to needy families through our Great ThanksGiving Project and during the cold winter months