The number of people without a home dropped by 4 percent since last year, setting a new low for homelessness in the state, according to a recent survey conducted by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.

The 2020 Point-in-Time Count, an annual volunteer census of the homeless population in the state, saw decreases in the overall number of individuals experiencing homelessness and the number of veterans experiencing homelessness in the state.

The count identified 2,904 people experiencing homelessness in Connecticut, representing a 4 percent decrease since 2019 and a 35 percent decrease since 2007. This includes 1,947 adults, 305 family households and 560 children.

The coalition said it was the lowest count ever recorded in Connecticut.

“We applaud the work of our Connecticut partners in achieving a 35 percent decline in homelessness since 2007,” said David Tille, New England regional administrator at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. “Connecticut has been an innovative leader in their work to end homelessness, and we applaud their efforts and look forward to continuing our work together.”

The count also found 45 individual veterans staying in emergency shelters, a decrease of 9 percent from 2019.

Families experiencing homelessness, however, increased slightly this year with two more families (305 in total) staying in shelters compared to last year, according to the survey. One family was found not in a shelter, the survey found.

“This report outlines the dedication and good work of the housing and homeless service providers throughout Connecticut and illustrates some very encouraging trends,” said Commissioner Miriam Delphin-Rittman, of the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. “We still have work to do, but this year’s PIT shows that we have been on a positive course.”

Results of the Youth Outreach and Count, a separate census for youths between the ages of 13 and 24, will be released in a separate report, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness said.

Nearly 600 volunteers in January canvassed local census blocks in teams to identify people experiencing homelessness for the 2020 Point-in-Time Count.