Malloy Says that CT has Eliminated Veteran Homelessness

There is no denying the fact that our veterans have been underserved and, in many situations, completely abandoned by the government that so willingly sent them off to war. When the soldiers who survive return home, they are frequently returning with shattered bodies and minds that require medical, psychiatric, and emotional support. The government hasn’t provided this and because of it, these veterans frequently run into problems when it comes to reintegrating into society, finding jobs, and finding housing. Add to this that their medical and psychiatric needs are rarely met, and it’s no surprise that a large number, if the the majority,¬†of homeless people in the country are veterans of one of America’s many overseas wars. However, there is good news.

Today, Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy officially announced that there are no more homeless veterans in the state. That’s right, Connecticut is now home to a fully housed veteran population, the first step on reintegration and helping these brave men and women get the support they need and deserve. While there are more issues facing homeless populations in Connecticut, having stable housing and a roof over their heads is a major step in helping them. According to Malloy, the state reached this goal on February 17th and it’s heavily due to the work of the Connecticut Housing department which didn’t exist before he took office.

The effort to home every homeless veteran began in 2014. According to advocates and research, there were 500 homeless veterans in the state who needed help. With over $1 billion earmarked for the building of housing and outreach programs, the state managed to hit this goal in one year. While this doesn’t mean that Connecticut will never have another homeless veteran, it does mean that all of the infrastructure to reach out and quickly help is in place and proven to be effective. Hopefully any other homeless veterans will be quickly given housing and support. With Connecticut being the second state in the country to solve veteran homelessness (Virginia was the first), hopefully other states take notice of how it happened and begin to implement programs like this too.

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