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Lawmaker seeks to draw support for veteran homelessness bill

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A Connecticut senator said he plans to meet with homeless veterans and advocates to draw support for legislation to combat veteran homelessness.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal will be at the New London Homeless Hospitality Center on Wednesday afternoon.

He hopes to raise awareness about the Veteran Housing Stability Act of 2015.

"This measure will address the egregious, abhorrent problem of veteran homelessness with several common-sense, effective steps to increase housing for homeless and at-risk veterans," Blumenthal said. "This statistic is staggering - 49,000 veterans are homeless in America today, one in ten of all homeless men and women - a searing failure in the greatest, strongest nation in the world's history."

Blumenthal said the law would modernize and strengthen existing Department of Veterans Affairs' housing programs for homeless and at-risk veterans. It would also increase access to safe, affordable and permanent housing options.

"We cannot allow another veteran to slip through the cracks," he said. "We must give communities the flexibility and tools they need to create housing systems that can maximize existing resources collaboratively in order to identify and sustain appropriate housing placements for vulnerable veterans."

The senator cited advocates who believe Connecticut is on track to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015.

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