Connecticut Ends Veterans Homelessness While LA Delays Goal

CT Ends Chronic Vet Homelessness With Partnerships
L.A. Pushes Back Ending Vet Homelessness Goal

Connecticut end Veterans Homelessness While LA Delays Goal

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy speaks at a veterans’ housing development Thursday in Newington, Conn. Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald and U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy joined him.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy declared on Thursday, August 27, 2015, that his state had found housing for its remaining 41 chronically homeless veterans, effectively ending chronic veteran homelessness in the state.

Joined in the announcement by Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald and Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, the governor said Connecticut is committed to ending homelessness among all veterans by the end of 2015 and providing housing and services to all people experiencing homelessness in the state by the end of 2016.

“We established this bold goal to end homelessness among our veterans not because it’s good for our economy and makes communities stronger, but because it’s morally right. Ending chronic veteran homelessness is just another step forward and another marker of progress towards reaching our goal of ending all veteran homelessness by the end of this year.”

Said Governor Malloy.

“Today we are celebrating what can happen when federal, state and communities work together to better care for our citizens. VA CT and its homeless programs have been and are pleased to be working with such a rich array of accomplished and committed partners to address the disgraceful issue of homelessness among our country’s Veterans.”

Said Dr. Laurie Harkness, Founder and Director of VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s Errera Community Care Center.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that his city has pushed back its goal for Ending Veteran Homelessness. After committing earlier this year to ending veteran homelessness by the end of 2015, Mayor Garcetti now says the city could take until the summer of 2016 to reach that goal, citing “a significant change in the scope of the problem.” As of the 2015 Point-in-Time Count, more than 4,000 homeless veterans were living in the L.A. region. That represents a 6 percent increase over 2014.

Click here for Governor Malloy’s press release.

Click here for coverage from the L.A. Times on Mayor Garcetti’s recent announcement.