Connecticut Becomes First State to End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, speaks to the media after signing into law HB 6801, An Act Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation in the State, at the Capitol in Harford, Conn., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The bill includes loans to small businesses, tax credits for new hires and job training. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, speaks to the media after signing into law HB 6801, An Act Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation in the State, at the Capitol in Harford, Conn., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011.  The bill includes loans to small businesses, tax credits for new hires and job training. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, speaks to the media after signing into law HB 6801, An Act Promoting Economic Growth and Job Creation in the State, at the Capitol in Harford, Conn., Thursday, Oct. 27, 2011. The bill includes loans to small businesses, tax credits for new hires and job training. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Yesterday, Governor Dan Malloy announced that Connecticut has become the first state in the country to end chronic homelessness among veterans. This announcement marks another milestone in the campaign to end veteran homelessness nationwide. With towns, cities, and states coordinating efforts across the board to identify and house homeless veterans, the United States as a whole has become a truly national coalition for homeless veterans.

“We have set a high bar – and with today’s announcement, we’re on our way to achieving it. We are truly a national leader on these issues, because our veterans deserve access to housing, quality health care, education, and career opportunities.  It’s our obligation to deliver for them, and that’s just what we’re doing as a state,” Governor Malloy said. “We established this bold goal to end homelessness among our veterans not because it’s good for our economy and makes communities stronger, but because it’s morally right.  Ending chronic veteran homelessness is just another step forward and another marker of progress towards reaching our goal of ending all veteran homelessness by the end of this year.”
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald was on hand for Governor Malloy’s announcement, stating “President Obama has made a bold goal to end veteran homelessness by the end of this year, and states and cities across the country are committed to making sure every Veteran has a safe and stable place to call home.  Here in Connecticut, you’ve responded to that challenge by helping the most vulnerable homeless veterans find permanent housing. Americans understand and believe, as I do, that no one who has fought for this country should have to fight to keep a roof over their head. This progress would not be possible without the partnerships that have been built here in Connecticut and across the nation; partnerships across the federal government, with state and local governments, with non-profit organizations and with the private sector. This is not a static challenge; it is an ongoing challenge and we will keep at it because that is what the men and women who have served our nation have earned and deserve.”
To read the full press release and view more coverage from yesterday’s historic announcement, see the latest post in Coalition Call.

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