Hartford-Governor Malloy announced today at the State Armory that Connecticut has ended homelessness among the state’s veteran population.
“Today’s confirmation of Connecticut’s success in ending veteran homelessness is a tremendous and positive step forward in our efforts under the Zero: 2016 Initiative,” said Zero: 2016 co-leads Alicia Woodsby, Executive Director of the Partnership for Strong Communities, and Lisa Tepper Bates, Executive Director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.
The Zero: 2016 initiative is part of a national effort to end veteran homelessness and chronic homelessness, the long-term homelessness of people living with disabilities, by the end of 2016. Connecticut is one of only four states accepted into the effort through its Reaching Home Campaign, the statewide campaign for preventing and ending homelessness in Connecticut.
Save the Date: May 12, 2016
The 2016 Annual Training Institute (ATI), “Ready for Zero: Innovation and Sustainable Solutions for Housing” is Connecticut’s premier capacity-building event for organizations working to prevent and end homelessness. At this event, CCEH provides training and information on best practices, national and state-level policy changes, and changes in major systems as they relate to ending homelessness.
This year’s ATI workshops are designed to assist attendees at a critically important point in time as we push toward ending the long-term homelessness of people with disabilities (“chronically homeless”) by the end of 2016. This push will follow on the momentum of Connecticut celebrating the end of all forms of veteran homelessness.
Connecticut is a national leader in the effort to end homelessness. In August of 2015, Connecticut made history when we became the first state to end the long term homelessness of veterans with disabilities. We are also on track, through the Governor’s Zero: 2016 initiative, to end the long-term homelessness of all Connecticut residents with severe disabilities by the end of this year.