On Thursday Governor Dannel Malloy said Connecticut has become the first state in the country to match all the people it has identified as chronically homeless with housing.
Malloy says all people in the state who have struggled to stay in secure housing because of mental or other health issues now can find a place to stay within 90 days. He says it’s part of a year-long effort to offer 17,000 affordable housing units to chronically homeless people.
“I think I can honestly say that there’s not a state government that has a bigger commitment to housing than we do, and getting housing right. And we’re also very innovative in finding the most cost-effective ways to do that and we’re going to continue that work.”
Malloy says ending homelessness helps cut costs of delivering social services in the long run.
Malloy recognized non-profits that work with the homeless at the site of a new mixed-housing development in Meriden. The building is part of his transportation plan to create more housing near train stations.