Gov. looks to end veterans’ homelessness

 The governor’s news release said Malloy highlighted one initiative in his budget proposal, a Veterans’ Opportunity Pilot, which provides $600,000 for grants to area housing agencies to hire job placement specialists trained to understand the employment challenges and advantages unique to veterans. The specialists will work with veterans to actively seek opportunities for veterans to reenter the workforce. The pilot program will also designate a statewide coordinator from the Department of Labor (DOL) to manage the complex network of employment services for veterans. The governor also will increase the availability of the state’s security deposit assistance program by adding funding to the program and prioritizing homeless veterans – a move that could help around 100 veterans get over the first hurdle of finding a home.

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