Council members welcomed testimony from Mayors Timothy Stewart of New Britain, CT and Mark Boughton of Danbury, CT, who each created and are now implementing 10 Year Plans that are jurisdictionally led, community based, and business oriented. In partnership with the Council, Mayor Stewart has initiated employment strategies with the New Britain business community, and Mayor Boughton has especially focused housing initiatives on homeless veterans. The Mayors expressed their appreciation for the collaboration and support of the Interagency Council and the federal resources being invested in their communities under their plans.
Mayor Boughton said Danbury has achieved a 49 percent drop in chronic homelessness and an overall decrease of 60 percent in the number of homeless individuals since implementing its Plan two years ago. Mayor Stewart said New Britain has seen a decrease in the number of homeless individuals of 30 percent over two years, in part to a the city's "Employer to Employer Network," which is committed to creating 50 jobs annually for homeless people. Mayor Boughton is pictured here at right, with Mayor Stewart at left.