Dannel P. Malloy last week announced that Connecticut "has been
designated by the federal government as being the first state in the
nation to have
ended chronic homelessness among veterans."
Malloy last year
announced several initiatives "aimed at combatting veteran
homelessness with the goal of ending homelessness among veterans by the
end of 2015. The state has since made major investments in housing,
becoming a national leader for its work,'
according to a release.
Also in the release: "Ending
chronic homelessness among veterans is a milestone for Connecticut in
its efforts to end homelessness entirely among veterans by the end of
the year. Connecticut is one of
just a handful of states designated for, and participating in, the
Zero:2016 initiative, which aims to end all chronic homelessness by the
end of next year. Today’s announcement means 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 veteran who newly experiences chronic
homelessness on the path to permanent housing. Chronic homelessness is
defined as an individual with a disability
who has been homeless for a period of at least one year or has
experienced four separate episodes of homelessness in the past three