Grant to help homeless veterans awarded to Community Renewal Team

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Aug. 5, 2011
A new federal grant will enable the Community Renewal Team of East Hartford to help veterans facing homelessness. Pictured: Rep. John Larson at a recent event to hire military veterans. Photo by Frances Taylor.
A new federal grant will enable the Community Renewal Team of East Hartford to help veterans facing homelessness. Pictured: Rep. John Larson at a recent event to hire military veterans. Photo by Frances Taylor.

Community Renewal Team, Inc. (CRT) has received a $349,389 grant from the Department of Veterans Affairs to help low-income vets and their families obtain and keep affordable housing.

The aid is part of a new Supportive Services for Veterans' Families (SSVF) program aimed at non-profit groups like CRT that support veterans needing help finding or keeping permanent housing.

U.S. Rep. John B. Larson (D – 1st District) and U.S. senators Joseph Lieberman (I) and Richard Blumenthal (D) wrote a letter to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki urging the SSVF to consider CRT for grant assistance.

“The brave men and women who have put their lives on the line to serve our country in wars past and present deserve the best support network possible throughout their lives if they fall on hard times,” Larson said in a recent statement. “It is truly a national shame that those who have sacrificed so much for us experience homelessness. Throughout the First Congressional District and state there are a number of groups that are doing terrific work to ensure no veteran goes without a roof over their head. This grant recognizes the hard work of Community Renewal Team in East Hartford and will help them continue to serve those who have served us.”

Lieberman said, “Thanks to the Community Renewal Team, and with help from this grant, we are helping to ensure that Connecticut’s veterans have the sense of security that they so rightfully deserve.''

“While we can never fully repay our service men and women for their sacrifice and service to our country, we have a responsibility to them to provide them with the resources necessary to adjust to daily life upon returning from active duty, particularly in the difficult search for affordable housing,” Blumenthal said in a recent statement. “In the face of an already cumbersome housing market, this grant will serve a much-needed purpose of helping our brave service men and women find homes.”


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