Expand the state rental assistance program

The Day | Chelsea Ross & Sarah Fox

When the governor arrives at his offices in the State Capitol these days, he may notice some changes next door. There among the bandstand and statues of Bushnell Park are tents. An increasing number of people are unhoused in Connecticut, some living in tents across our state, including several tents in the park within sight of the governor’s Capitol offices.

In January, perhaps recognizing the growing crisis, Governor Ned Lamont announced the formation of the Connecticut Interagency Council on Homelessness. At the time, the governor said, “Everyone should have access to a safe, warm place to call home. State and local governments, along with our nonprofit partners, need the resources available to them to ensure that fewer people face the possibility of becoming homeless.”

The formation of the council to better coordinate responses to homelessness is welcome, but without additional resources for prevention, the crisis will persist.

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