Thursday, October 13, 2016 (Issue #1)
by Jessica Joseph, Housing Editor
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Connecticut is on track to see a decline chronic homelessness according to the Department of Housing (DOH) and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness (CCEH). On Sept. 26, 2016, the DOH and CCEH co-sponsored an event at Saint Vincent DePaul Shelter in Waterbury to celebrate the newfound, positive data, which sees Connecticut reaching its year-end goal.
In 2014, Governor Dannel P. Malloy signed the Zero: 2016 initiative, whose goal is to end chronic homelessness by the end of 2016.
“Connecticut has been a national leader in our efforts to end both veteran and chronic homelessness and we are proud of the significant role our state has played in helping the nation reach this major milestone,” Malloy said.
“It is our responsibility to ensure the brave men and women who have served our country have all the support they need upon returning home, including access to housing, healthcare, and career opportunities. Ensuring and delivering housing for our most vulnerable is critical to building stronger communities for everyone, everywhere.”
This year, 981 people have been placed in permanent housing, whereas last October, 43 individuals dealing with chronic homelessness were permanently housed in the greater Waterbury and Litchfield county region.
According to DOH commissioner Evonne M. Klein, Connecticut has been nationally recognized for its efforts to prevent and eliminate homelessness.
“These numbers show that our efforts are paying off. We’ve effectively ended veteran homelessness thanks to our coordination and collaboration, and because of that, we will end chronic homelessness too,” Klein said.