In an Op-Ed published in the Connecticut Mirror on May 16th, Alicia Woodsby – Executive Director of Partnership for Strong Communities – warned of the threat to Connecticut’s housing programs posed by federal and state fiscal turmoil.
Connecticut is a national leader in the fight to end homelessness. We have made veterans’ homelessness rare and brief in Connecticut and have matched the vast majority of chronically homeless persons with a home and services. We have built a system that will now give us a good shot of ending homelessness among youth and families.
The structure we have built over more than a decade is producing outcomes, saving lives and public dollars at the same time.
But, Connecticut’s successes are threatened by changes in Washington and fiscal storms in Hartford. President Trump has threatened to reduce the budget of the Department of Housing and Urban Development by 13 percent, and the General Assembly must close a $5 billion deficit projected for the next biennial budget.
Our state policymakers recognize the effectiveness – and cost-effectiveness – of efforts to prevent and end homelessness in Connecticut. Woodsby calls on state policymakers to continue their support of critical housing programs.
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