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Gov. Malloy Announces CT Could End Veteran & Chronic Homelessness by End of 2016

 

Over 160 people gathered at the Lyceum on Wednesday, January 21 to hear Governor Dannel Malloy announce that Connecticut is within reach of ending Veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homelessness by the end of 2016. Connecticut is part of Zero: 2016, a national effort led by Community Solutions.

Across the state there are about 1000 Veterans and 2400 people with disabilities who have been homeless for a long period of time (chronically homeless). We know who these individuals are and can use strategies like assessing their level of need to best match to services and housing. To that end, Governor Malloy also announced $1.1 million for services for 176 units of supportive housing to provide the critical support needed to house our state’s most vulnerable persons.

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Bob Pulster, regional coordinator at the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, cited the city of New Orleans’ recent end to Veteran homelessness as evidence that collaboration, strong local leadership, use of a common assessment tool, and support of federal partners can result in getting to zero. Alicia Woodsby, executive director at the Partnership for Strong Communities, echoed Pulster’s comments saying, “zero can become a reality.” Woodsby thanked the Governor for his continued and unprecedented support of housing and expressed the need for 1000 units of permanent supportive housing over the next biennium to achieve these goals. Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the CT Coalition to End Homelessness, recognized the work of our non-profit partners and noted that providers are serving clients better than they ever have before.

Homelessness affects all aspects of society. Reaching zero will required continued collaboration of local, state, and federal partners through Opening Doors-CT, the nation’s first state-wide plan to prevent and end homelessness. On behalf of Opening Doors-CT, we thank Governor Malloy, Lt. Governor Wyman, Department of Housing Commissioner Klein, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services Commissioner Rehmer, and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Perkins for their commitment to ending homelessness in our state. 

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