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Angus Chaney joins AHS Secretary's office

Angus Chaney is joining the office of Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine to focus on an integrated approach to housing and homelessness.

Unemployment is most common cause of homelessness

An annual survey of municipal officials in 29 large U.S. cities found unemployment at the top of the list of homelessness causes, according to  a recent report from the The U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Task Force on Hunger and Homelessness.  Respondents were asked to provide information on emergency food assistance and homeless services provided between September 1, 2010 and August 31, 2011.

Strategies to combat homelessness in Vermont

Citing three deaths of people who were homeless this winter, Governor Peter Shumlin re-instituted the Vermont Interagency Council on Homelessness (ICH) at a press conference yesterday. Angus Chaney, Agency of Human Services (AHS) Director of Housing, has been named chair and will work with the 22-member Council to:

Homelessness in the news

Today’s Burlington Free Press had two articles regarding homelessness in Vermont: 

The first discussed yesterday’s vigil in Montpelier where shelter and homeless service providers described the persistent needs among Vermont families and individuals facing homelessness.   Highlighting the success of programs that seek to prevent homelessness, officials at the vigil called on Vermont lawmakers to recognize these successes by focusing future efforts in this area. Read more.

Federal funding continued for local homeless programs

HUD announced this week the renewals of Vermont's homeless assistance grants. A total of $3.6 million will be provided for 22 projects statewide during FY2012.

Read the full list of Vermont awards.
Read HUD's press release.


COTS candle light vigil tonight

Please join the Committee for Temporary Shelter (COTS) in a candle light vigil tonight  at 5:30.   The vigil will be held on the steps of Burlington City Hall.  




Homeless man's death highlights range of services needed

Paul O'Toole's recent death in Burlington demonstrates the challenges faced by people who are homeless and who do not meet the sobriety and other restrictions of area shelters.  Read more in today's front page story in the Burlington Free Press

Vermont's annual Homeless Memorial Day January 4

On January 4, 2012, the state's homeless shelters and service providers will commemorate the thousands of Vermonters who received housing and/or services this past year.    A memorial vigil will be held at noon on the State House steps in Montpelier. 

Managing the needs of VT's homeless on VPR at noon

Jane Lindholm at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) will discuss Vermont's homeless today at noon and again at 7PM.  

Resources for Vermont veterans

The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness has assembled the following list of resources for Vermont's veterans. 


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