MOLINARO CALLS FOR ERADICATION OF VETERAN HOMELESSNESS IN NEW YORK BY 2020
Releases Plan to Improve Services to
800,000 New York Military Veterans
New York, Oct. 18…New York gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro today called for the eradication of veteran homelessness in New York State by 2020, as part of an ambitious and detailed blueprint to streamline and improve services to New York’s 800,000 military veterans and their family members.New York State has the fifth largest veteran population in America, Mr. Molinaro noted at a Syracuse news conference at which he released his plan.
“Serving Those Who Served: Supporting and Embracing New York State’s Veterans and Their Families,” includes proposals to:
- Eradicate veteran homelessness in New York State by 2020;
- Increase the capacity of the New York State Division of Veterans Affairs to set goals and drive strategic level policy;
- Increase investment in local Veteran Service Agencies (VSAs) and provide them with primary authority of providing direct services with the State playing more of an administrative/leadership role;
- Expand access to behavioral health services and guaranteed access to a Veterans Treatment Court for all qualifying New York State veterans;
- Deliver improved career training and reintegration programs, and eliminate licensing barriers, and
- Create a stable funding source for congressionally chartered veteran service organizations, among other things.
Mr. Molinaro’s plan highlighted the tremendous need for mental health services for New York’s veteran population:
“Many members of our armed forces return home bearing the scars of the hardships and dangers they faced overseas,” Mr. Molinaro said. “Too often they don’t receive, or even have access to, the behavioral health services they deserve, and end up falling into the traps of despair, addiction, and homelessness. New York State has the resources to help these veterans and their families; veterans just have to be prioritized, and that’s sadly not happening now. This state wastes billions of dollars on failed ‘economic development’ programs that serve only to line the pockets of our ‘America-was-never-that-great’ governor. Those dollars must be directed to helping populations with real needs.”