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November 10, 2014

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night, with an additional 1.4 million veterans at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and substandard living conditions.

 With a veteran population of more than 1.7 million in the communities served by People’s United Bank, People’s United Community Foundation awarded $48,000 to nonprofit organizations in 2014 that provide veteran support programs in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

 Nonprofit organizations included Applied Behavioral Rehabilitation and Research Institute (Homes for the Brave) in Connecticut, Broc-Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, Fish Friends in Service to Humanity of Northwestern Connecticut, Habitat for Humanity of York County in Maine, Harbor Homes in New Hampshire, Safe Harbors of the Hudson in New York, Worcester Community Housing Resources in Massachusetts, and Veterans Support Foundation in Connecticut.

 The funding from People’s United Community Foundation will support housing counseling and financial education, a Habitat for Humanity veteran home build, supportive housing, and case management, among other programs and services for veterans.

 “Veterans who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness face a number of challenges,” said Vincent Santilli, Executive Director of People’s United Community Foundation. “It is one of our top priorities to honor and thank veterans who have served our country by helping to provide the support services they need to obtain a decent and affordable home and live a healthy and productive life.”

 Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The Foundation places special emphasis on programs designed to promote economic self-sufficiency, education and improved conditions for low-income families and neighborhoods. The funding priorities of the Foundation include affordable housing, community development, and youth development.

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