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Gov. Dannel Malloy Announces Initiatives To Help Homeless Veterans

HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) -- Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is pressing forward with a goal to end chronic homelessness among military veterans by the end of 2015.

The governor announced Monday the state is investing nearly $3 million toward building new family units for veterans in Hartford, WCBS 880 Connecticut Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

Malloy also said the state is making 50 additional residential assistance program vouchers available to veterans who are currently receiving assistance under the federal HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program.

Gov. Dannel Malloy Announces Initiatives To Help Homeless Veterans

Transitioning 50 veterans to rental housing would free up new opportunities for those in need of supportive housing, the governor's office noted.

Some former military personnel live at the Connecticut Veterans Home in Rocky Hill.

As he travels around the state, Malloy said he sometimes runs into homeless veterans. He said a few days ago he spoke with a veteran who is living under a bridge in New Britain.

"He told me that he was living under a bridge because he doesn't like to live in shelters during the summertime, and he finds that that's a better place for him to live," Malloy told Schneidau.

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