NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Dannel Malloy was in Washington D.C. Monday for a summit at the White House. The governor addressed Connecticut’s efforts to end homelessness among veterans.
Veterans Day was Friday, but any day is a good day to talk about supporting our nation’s veterans. Especially when there’s good news to report, and that news is, Connecticut has no more homeless veterans.
That is the official word from the federal government. In fact, it has now certified that Connecticut has ended chronic homelessness among military veterans. That’s what Governor Dannel Malloy and First Lady Michelle Obama spoke about at a White House summit on veteran homelessness. Chronic homelessness is defined as being homeless 4 times in 3 years. Connecticut has put the systems in place to keep that from happening.
The state has the resources to find those vets, get them off the street and put a roof over their heads. The idea is then to provide them with health care, education, and employment opportunities so that they are never homeless again.
The first and second ladies, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, teamed up to make this a priority five years ago. Monday’s White House summit celebrates that five year mark, and Governor Malloy will be there to talk about the success here in Connecticut. In the last two years, the federal government spent more than half a billion dollars on grants to nonprofit groups trying to improve things for US veterans.
How well is the nationwide effort to end veteran homelessness going?
Connecticut is one of only three states certified to have ended it, but nationwide, it’s down by about a third. We had around 76,000 homeless vets in 20009. Now that number is down to around 50,000.