Bristol Legislators Show Bipartisan Support for Vets Housing Bill

February 7, 2011

Bristol State Senator Jason Welch, the ranking member of the legislature’s Committee on Veterans Affairs, today announced that a Tuesday, February 8 public hearing will be held on a bill which would give preference to veterans who apply to state programs for affordable or subsidized housing.

Senator Welch, who served his country in both the United States Coast Guard Reserve and Army National Guard, noted that a lack of affordable housing is a primary catalyst for homelessness among all veterans according to a 2007 study by the National Alliance to End Homelessness. About 800 veterans are homeless in Connecticut on any one day.

“Our servicemembers have gone overseas and put their lives on the line for our freedom,” Senator Welch said. “But many times, our vets return to Connecticut with disabilities and find an uncertain housing situation. That uncertainty can quickly lead to a downward spiral which results in homelessness. We cannot continue to allow this to happen. This bill addresses that housing uncertainty and puts veterans first when it comes to affordable housing. We urge the public to join us in backing this bill,”

“Homelessness among veterans is a real problem that we can address by providing better access to affordable housing,” said Bristol State Representative Frank Nicastro, who is Vice-Chair of the Committee on Veterans Affairs. “We should do all we can for the men and women in the armed services because they have done so much for all of us and continue to do so.”

The public hearing on Bill # 293 will be held on Tuesday at 10:00 AM in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building.