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Fairfield's Sen. Hwang Praises State For Ending Homelessness For Veterans

State VFW Commander Robert Bailey and state Sen. Tony Hwang
State VFW Commander Robert Bailey and state Sen. Tony Hwang Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- State Sen. Tony Hwang attended Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s announcement at the State Armory in Hartford on Thursday, Feb. 18, that the federal government has certified Connecticut as having effectively ended homelessness among veterans.

Hwang commended the governor and state officials for their work in making Connecticut just the second state in the nation to accomplish this milestone. Hwang serves on the state legislature’s Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is the ranking member of the Housing Committee.

Hwang, a Republican, represents the 28th Senate District, which includes Easton, Fairfield, Newtown, Weston and Westport.

“This milestone is a major one – we have been a national leader on so many issues and today is yet another reflection," Malloy said at the announcement. "We have a responsibility to take care of our veterans, to ensure that veterans have access to housing, quality health care, education, and career opportunities. We’re proud to have achieved this ambitious goal.”

"Just a few years ago, there was no Department of Housing in Connecticut," Malloy added. "Today, we’re being recognized for reaching the high goals that we’ve set. We’ve built the infrastructure, through a network of partnerships and investments, to the point at which our housing and supports delivers a home to every veteran in our state. I am incredibly proud of our federal and state agencies, our nonprofits, and our community providers on the frontlines. But we will not stop here – we will keep working to end chronic homelessness in Connecticut by the end of this year.”

In a letter to the governor, first lady Michelle Obama, who has spearheaded the Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness, congratulated the State of Connecticut on the accomplishment.

“As we discussed at the President’s State of the Union Address, I want to thank you and the people of Connecticut for your determined efforts on behalf of our military families,” the first lady wrote. “I am so proud of your state’s commitment and resolve to reach this milestone, and I am grateful for all you have done for America’s heroes.”

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