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Veterans Get Big Boost From Malloy

 

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy told a packed press conference at The Lyceum Monday that the state will make 50 additional Rental Assistance Program vouchers available to veterans currently receiving federal homelessness assistance so that they will be able to pay for homes in their communities. Malloy, who has pledged to end veterans homelessness in Connecticut by 2015, said he expected to be able to offer 50 more vouchers in the spring.

The RAP certificates are designed to help veterans who, under the federal Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, are able to live in supportive housing with services but who can transition, with the rental assistance, to other homes. The 50 new RAP certificates will allow the federal Department of Housing and Urban development to use the 50 VASH certificates to help another 50 homeless veterans.

“We can, and we must, end chronic homelessness among veterans,” Malloy said.

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The Governor was joined at the press conference by Greg Behrman, director of the Connecticut Heroes Project, who commended Malloy for his help to veterans and said the new RAP certificates will not only provide them with safe, secure, affordable homes, but further impact their quality of life by, for example, improving their overall health and reducing their healthcare costs by 34%. Housing Commissioner Evonne Klein noted that, in addition to the RAP certificates, the Department of Housing has taken other steps, including a requirement that a portion of new housing developments subsidized by the department include housing units for veterans.

Malloy in turn commended CT Heroes Project, the Partnership for Strong Communities and others for their coordination of the effort. In 2013, the Reaching Home Campaign, an initiative of the Partnership for Strong Communities, and the CT Heroes Project worked together to establish the Veterans workgroup with the task of developing a plan to end veterans homelessness in Connecticut by 2015. Launched in late 2013, the plan is now being implemented and has:

  • Improved outreach to veterans. Several months ago, over 100 veterans in shelters were reported disconnected to key services; that number has since dropped to a few dozen.
  • Improved tracking and analysis of HMIS data allow for more accurate counts of veterans experiencing homelessness and the services accessed.
  • Helped coordinate the providers of Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) to enhance key rapid re-housing services for veterans.

The Malloy  Administration has endorsed the mission, providing over $1 million and launching a new employment services initiative for veterans. The efforts, together, have helped reduced homelessness among veterans by 6% between FY 2013 and 2012.

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