Connecticut Becomes the FIRST State To End Chronic Homelessness Among Veterans

Written by on September 2, 2015 in Government, Policies with 34 Comments

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Positive news! Officials of Connecticut announced last Thursday that the state has officially become the first in the nation to provide housing for every one of its chronically homeless veterans.

No doubt national and state officials are celebrating the monumental achievement after having set a goal earlier on to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

The Connecticut Department of Housing, the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH), and other nonprofits and volunteers who spent time on the streets identifying homeless veterans played a major role in the state’s coordinated efforts.

Said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of CCEH:

This means that all known chronically homeless veterans are housed or are on the immediate path to housing and any veteran who newly enters homelessness will be rapidly put on the path to permanent housing.

Nearly 300 veterans previously experiencing chronic homelessness have now been gifted permanent – or at least temporary – housing. Chronically homeless is defined as “those with a disabling condition who have been continuously homeless for a year or have had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.”

According to a joint report conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs along with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, veterans account for 16% of all homeless adults nationwide – even though they only make up 10% of the population. It is a travesty, indeed.

But this positive news is affirmation that homelessness – especially chronic homelessness among veterans – can be eradicated. “This proves to everybody that you can do it … You can end homelessness, you just need to go one person at a time,” said Bates.

As the Hartford Courant reports, Connecticut was supplied with the means to reach it goal through significant increases in funding for permanent housing vouchers and additional funding targeted to provide rapid rehousing to veterans carried out on a federal level.

Connecticut’s state Department of Housing has also invested at least $3 million in rental subsidies and special services for Connecticut’s homeless veterans. In many states, there is no such investment.

The positive news doesn’t end there…! Government Malloy of Connecticut has set a goal to provide housing and support services for all homeless people in the state by the end of 2016.

What are your thoughts on this news? Share the positivity and comment below.

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  1.' Prakash Painoli says:


    •' Cher Schweitzer says:

      Please elaborate…..

    •' Gayle M McDermott says:

      This is such a deceiving headline!! The sad thing is HOW they are handling this………. Anyone from CT read up on the 211 system.

    •' Gerald Maher says:

      Really, I’ll believe it when I see it.

    •' Gayle M McDermott says:

      When someone is homeless and seeking shelter, they no longer can ‘knock on the door’ of a shelter. The shelter will turn them away and give them a ‘Call 211’ card. 211 in turn will ask multiple questions such as: Do you have someone you can stay with? blah bah blah….211 ‘sets up an appointment’ for you to speak with another person ( interviewer) and if they believe you are able to couch surf you are considered having an ‘address’ and you are NOT homeless. Thus, lowering the ‘homeless’ numbers down…… Seriously!!!????? Just another service to try and make CT look “good”

    •' Gayle M McDermott says:

      Gerald Maher You will not see it. Sadly

    •' Brian Cox says:

      Do you mind if I share your comment about the 211 call Gayle M McDermott with or without your name ? If you agree .. UK resident…

  2.' Robert Smith says:

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  3.' Loren Geddes Couch says:

    Life is tough when you have to do more than follow orders.

  4.' Jackie Carter says:

    Fingers crossed

  5.' Brian Cox says:

    What about the refugees. …
    What can we do?….

    The British Government TONY BLAIR Started the very expensive war to protect the people but Will not protect the people unless it involves selling and using Weapons of mass Distruction .. Redistribute the cost of Half a dozen missiles One Jet a couple of tanks to Tractors farm tools and Community housing on a couple of Golf Courses or Stately Homes.. far cheaper the jobs created will soon sort out slackers from refugees.. Most of all stop supplying Isreal Weapons and finance to incite hatred if Isreal needs protection we can protect them as we did Iraq Libya Yemen Syria…

  6.' Terry A Mitchell says:

    World, get a clue and implement new possibilities !!!

  7.' Nana Danielov says:…finally….the shift is happening…hope we can get this done stage wide

  8.' Grace Ramoso says:

    if the USA of America can spend billions of dollar for rockets to the universe of course it can spend thousand for their citizen to have roof over their heads and not shiver in the winter and look so lonely in the spring.before looking too far to first at your very doorsteps.your citizens are the ones that make your country great.

  9.' Robin Aldridge says:

    The whole country needs this commitment. Pray

  10.' John Fleming says:

    TRUMP 2016,
    DEPORT illegals, and help the Vets that fought for this Country!!!!

  11.' Bradford Davis says:

    And yet one would expect such a great, responsible act from the federal government for which all those vets risked their lives to be accountable to. Yet it’s being shown up by a small state. Amazing work, Connecticut! The federal government officially sucks!

  12.' Kate Heiden says:

    Now this is a true awakening. Helping others is the right thing to do. Listen up America and follow the state with a heart-Connecticut.

  13.' Steven Lanier says:

    only good news in my feed. Thanks Conscious Life News

  14.' Glorianna Eder says:


  15.' Christian Rodriguez says:

    Live in ct n they jus raided a spot full of homeless ppl

  16.' Daviddavid Nicholls Bailey says:

    lets hope others will follow

  17.' Diana Russell says:

    Everyone deserves a home
    🙂 🙂

  18.' Lynne Smith says:

    Well done Connecticut… lead the way..

  19.' Juan Van Zyl says:

    all governments own it to the veterance permanent housing food and medical care. Salute for the attempt.

  20.' Gaby Ajamian says:

    That’s the american spirit.well done.

  21.' Luke White says:

    It’s about time

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