NEW BRITAIN, CT – April 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) applauded the $696,000 in funding announced today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs through the HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD-VASH) program to support efforts to end veteran homelessness.
In advocating in Congress for budget priorities for Connecticut families, Esty sent a letter to the U.S. House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing, and Urban Development in support of robust funding for the HUD-VASH program. This new HUD-VASH grant will provide housing vouchers to over 70 homeless veterans across Connecticut to help connect them with permanent, supportive housing.
“Recently, I received a call from the family of a young veteran from Newtown who was living on the streets and desperately looking for help. Unfortunately, there are too many Connecticut veterans just like him who suffer from PTSD, substance abuse, or other serious and chronic medical and mental health issues and who struggle to find permanent housing. The brave men and women of all generations sacrificed so much serving our country, and they deserve a helping hand. If we can vote to send them to war, we as a country must take care of them when they return home. The new funding announced today provides much-needed resources to connect veterans with permanent housing options and support services as they put themselves on a path towards living stable, productive lives,” said Congresswoman Esty.