On Thursday Feb. 18th, Connecticut Governer Dannel Malloy announced that it has become the second state to have officially ended veteran homelessness. This follows the lead of Virginia who became the first state to end homelessness for veterans in November. Gov. Malloy credited the success to a cooperative effort between state housing agencies, shelter workers, community groups, and a partnership with the department of veterans affairs. “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.
Over the past 12 months the state has found or built homes for over 280 veterans across the state. With all veterans in the state now housed the state has set goals for dealing with incoming veterans in the future. They have vowed that any veteran who is homeless will be placed in temporary housing within 30 days and have a permanent home within 60 days. This is largely due to the $1 billion the state has committed to housing construction. The 16,000 homes they have committed to build over include many affordable low-cost homes.
The state also plans to expand the fight against homelessness to youth and families. Using the housing first approach to eradicating homelessness among veterans, they hope to end homelessness for these groups by 2017.
As you celebrate your father today, also think of the countless active duty service members and veterans who sacrificed time with their children to serve our country during Father’s Day. Today is a happy time but also difficult time for many families around the country who are celebrating fathers overseas or the memory of those who have passed while serving our nation.
Watch this Huffington Post Live segment about issues facing enlisted parents and the challenges facing new veterans returning to families they have left at home. We want to wish a very Happy Father’s Day to all the great fathers out there who support and love their children every day.