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Effort afoot to end homelessness among Conn. vets

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) There's a new effort underway to try to eliminate homelessness among Connecticut's veteran population over the next two years.

Last week, a coalition of groups agreed to a statewide action plan. It was the result of six months of brainstorming and research. By filling in gaps in services and better coordinating existing resources, advocates hope the roughly 400 homeless veterans on a single night in Connecticut can have housing by the end of 2015.

The Connecticut Heroes Project, founded by Greg Behrman of Fairfield, spearheaded this effort to better coordinate services for veterans in order to address the homelessness problem. He said the action plan is one of the most detailed in the nation.

Advocates say they're optimistic because there is currently more federal funding for veterans' housing programs.

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