Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s FY 2015 budget contained funding for several initiatives that advocates across the state have supported as effective solutions to homelessness, including, but not limited to:
- $650,000 for rapid re-housing activities,
- $2.2 million for new scattered-site supportive housing,
- $50,000 increase in security deposit assistance for homeless veterans,
- $800,000 for enhanced residential options and supportive services for veterans, and
- $600,000 for a Veterans’ Employment Opportunity Pilot that will enable housing agencies that serve veterans to actively seek opportunities for veterans to re-enter the workforce.
These initiatives further Opening Doors – CT’s goals to end chronic homelessness and homelessness amongst veterans by 2017, and homelessness amongst families with children by 2022. As advocates, we know:
- Rapid re-housing works. Three years after receiving rapid re-housing support from the federal stimulus bill, 95% of families have not returned to a Connecticut shelter. According to Opening Doors – CT, we need 1,290 rapid re-housing interventions by 2016 to remain on track to ending homelessness among families with children by 2022
- Permanent supportive housing is a proven, cost-effective solution to chronic homelessness that not only saves money, but also saves the lives of some of Connecticut’s most vulnerable populations. Ending chronic homelessness by 2017 would require an additional investment in a little over 2,700 units over 4 years
- Ending homelessness amongst veterans is an attainable goal that can be achieved in the next couple of years, setting an example of how to put systems in place that make instances of homelessness rare, brief, and non-recurring.
Governor Malloy’s proposals, combined with last year’s unprecedented investments in capital funding for affordable housing and in bonding for the revitalization of the state public housing portfolio, mark a welcome shift of attention to the importance of housing stability in improving the quality of life for all of Connecticut’s residents. Moreover, these investments lay a foundation for Connecticut to address the affordable housing crisis that drives homelessness and housing instability.
Click here to read the Governor's Housing Initiatives from the budget.
Click here to read a two-page summary of the Reaching Home Recommendations for FY 2014-2015.