The old judiciary room in the State Capitol building was packed with more than 300 people from all over the state, including homeless and Supportive Housing residents.
They all came to rally in support of the creation of 650 additional units of permanent Supportive Housing -- where individuals can live affordibly and access community services.Â
Jonathan Rucker is currently homeless and is living at the Immaculate Conception Shelter in Hartford. Rucker says living in a shelter is demeaning.
"It's been a long time since I've been a productive member of society, you know what I mean? I feel that even if I didn't help myself, I've helped someone else get into a house or an appartment, all right, so that they can live like a normal human being."Â
Senate Minorty Leader John McKinney says that building more Supportive Housing units could end homelssness in Connecticut in the next ten years.
"We've seen throughout Connecticut that permanent Supportive Housing is the cure to homelessness. We can start with 650 units of Supportive Housing, but beyond that we need to make a long-term commitment."Â
Mckinney says he's unsure unsure if funding for all 650 units will be provided this year, but advocates are building momentum for next year's budget. Some developers who want to build Supportive Housing units have been turned down due to a lack of funding.