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HUD and VA Award Funds for Veteran Homelessness Initiative

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans (VA)

On April 20, 2015, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Veterans (VA) awarded $700,000 to support the state’s work to end Veteran homelessness. The funding announced is being provided through the HUD -Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program, which plays an essential role in providing housing and support services to veterans experiencing homelessness. Agencies funded include the Connecticut Department of Housing, Hartford Housing Authority, West Haven Housing Authority, and Norwalk Housing Authority.

In January 2015, Connecticut was selected to participate in Zero: 2016, a national initiative to ending veteran and chronic homelessness. Connecticut has increased its efforts to achieving this goal, through Opening Doors-CT, the statewide plan to prevent and end homelessness. This funding award will help Connecticut make significant progress in reaching the goal of ending Veterans homelessness by the end of 2015.

According to Governor Malloy, “to build an economy for the future, we need to make smart choices on housing. Our nation’s veterans, whether they are just returning home or have been out for years, deserve access to quality housing, good health care, and career opportunities. We have done more on housing over the past several years than Connecticut has done in decades – and it’s because we’re building a brighter tomorrow by making smart choices today. We have an opportunity to make a significant impact to improve the lives of those who have given so much for their country, and I am confident that we can reach our goal of ending chronic homelessness among veterans.”

Click here to read the HUD press release.

Click here to read Governor Malloy’s press release.





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