HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut is providing more than $1 million to combat homelessness.
Democratic Governor Ned Lamont said last week that the additional $1.1 million in funding will support the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness' efforts to help families and individuals on the verge of homelessness.
He said the funds will complement last year's $2.5 million donation from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Day 1 Families Fund to the Hartford-based nonprofit.
Homelessness in Connecticut decreased nearly 24% from January 2018 to January 2019, according to a recently released U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report.
Lamont says the added funds will come from the state Department of Housing's current operating budget.
“Increasing the availability of housing for those who are most vulnerable of becoming homeless results in stronger, safer, and more stable communities where families thrive and businesses grow,” he said in a statement. “By having supports in place for those who are on the verge of becoming homeless, we can rapidly respond to the situations they are facing.”