Download the 2013 Point in Time report issued by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness
Connecticut Continues to Make Strides Toward Ending Veteran Homelessness
Connecticut has consistently been making progress toward ending veteran homelessness every year since 2005. The 2013 Point in Time count, which is organized and coordinated by the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, showed that trend continuing.
Nationally, the number of homeless veterans in the 2013 PIT stood at 57,849, down nearly 5,000 or 8 percent from the previous year. This year in Connecticut, there were 340 homeless veterans counted. Of those, 38 percent were chronically homeless.
The federal Affordable Care Act will greatly expand Medicaid benefits as of Jan. 1, and this should have a ripple effect of helping to reduce the rates of chronic homelessness across the country. Connecticut is already ahead of the federal mandate, said Lisa Tepper Bates, executive director of the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness.
"This is an important policy choice for everyone in our state, including for the homeless," Tepper Bates said.