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Connecticut Delegation Announces More Than $3 Million to Prevent Veteran Homelessness

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] —Today, Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), Congressman John Larson (D-1), Congressman Joe Courtney (D-2), Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-3), Congressman Jim Himes (D-4), and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-5) announced more than $3 million in federal grants under the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program to prevent veteran homelessness in Connecticut. The grants will provide access to critical services to help very low-income veterans’ families avoid homelessness.

“We must keep faith with the brave men and women who served our country by ensuring that we leave no veteran without a place to call home,” the delegation said. “Our state met a proud milestone last year by announcing an end to chronic homelessness in veterans—but this is a victory that demands constant vigilance to maintain. We applaud these federal funds, which will help sustain this vital effort by supporting the tireless, sustained efforts of advocates who made Connecticut’s initial achievement possible.”

Last year, Connecticut announced that it had become the first state in the country to end chronic veteran homelessness, meaning that all known veterans experiencing chronic homelessness are either housed or are on an immediate path to permanent housing, and that the state will be able to rapidly place any additional veterans experiencing chronic homelessness on the path to permanent housing.

Grant recipients include:

· Community Renewal Team received $534,633 to support veterans in Hartford, Middlesex, New London, and New Haven counties;

· The Workplace received $1,294,440 to support veterans in Fairfield and New Haven counties;

· Columbus House received $1,532,160 to support veterans in New Haven, Middlesex, and New London counties;

· Veterans, Inc. received $2 million to support veterans in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maine.