Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy has been lauded for the positive results Connecticut saw following his efforts to increase gun control regulations. Now, he can add eliminating veteran homelessness to his record.
Malloy told interviewers Thursday morning on WNPR that Connecticut had achieved this milestone: “By the end of  we had ended homelessness amongst veterans on a statewide basis.” The Department of Housing and Urban Development confirmed this.
Malloy had originally agreed to a federal Opening Doors Initiative in 2014, which pledged that his state would end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015. Fantastically, he achieved the promise.
Since 2011, he has invoked numerous resources and funds to accomplish this. “We’ve committed $1 billion to get housing built, including many, many affordable units. The most important thing you can do for a family is to give it a safe home, give it a decent home, a home you can sustain yourself and your family in,” he said.
As ThinkProgress reports, “That means the 282 homeless veterans in the state as of early last year should all have housing or be on their way to it. It of course doesn’t mean that no veteran will ever become homeless again — but any who do can get into temporary housing within 30 days and permanent housing within 60.”
Virginia was the first state to end veteran homelessness in November 2015, and Connecticut is now the second to follow suit.
The Opening Doors Initiative Malloy pledged to has larger goals as well. It seeks to “finish the job of ending chronic homelessness in 2017, prevent and end homelessness for families, youth, and children in 2020, and set a path to end all types of homelessness.”
Hopefully, after seeing the results yielded from Malloy’s incredible efforts, other states will work with increased diligence to end this very serious problem afflicting our veterans.
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