March 23, 2012 | last updated June 1, 2012 1:27 pm

CT OKs $33M to house the homeless

Connecticut has approved an initial $32.6 million to establish and operate 179 units of housing for the long-term homeless in Hartford, New Haven and three other communities, the governor says.

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy today announced Friday the state's Interagency Committee on Supportive Housing approved funding for the housing that also will be built in Bridgeport, New London, and Waterbury.

Supportive housing combines affordable shelter with individualized health, support and employment services. The housing can save the state money by reducing more costly interventions, such as emergency room visits, homeless shelter stays, and encounters with the criminal justice system.

In Hartford, the housing units will be built by nonprofit Chrysalis Center Inc.; in Bridgeport by the Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust Inc.; in New Haven by Columbus House Inc.; in New London by Connection Fund; and in Waterbury by Francis Xavier Plaza Inc. and the Waterbury Housing Authority.

Groundbreakings are expected later this year.

Under the current fiscal year's budget, $30 million in capital funding was provided to develop affordable supportive housing, coupled with an annualized $2.6 million for operating and support services, the governor said.

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