Malloy pledges to end homelessness for veterans

Sign outside state Department of Veterans' Affairs in Rocky Hill.

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coalition of groups seeking to eliminate homelessness among Connecticut veterans is cheering Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget proposal for setting aside money for a new security deposit program to help homeless vets.

Malloy’s budget, released Thursday, also sets aside $500,000 for a review of state facilities to put them to the best use for veterans.

VIDEO: Malloy’s 2014 State of the State Address

During his State of the State Address, the Democrat pledged to help end homelessness for the state’s military veterans by the end of 2015, saying it’s “unacceptable” for the state to have more than 500 homeless veterans.

Greg Behrman of Fairfield, founder of the Connecticut Heroes Project, said his and other advocacy groups have been meeting with Malloy’s office for several months, hoping to persuade the administration to sign on their action plan.

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