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Homelessness

Vermont 2-1-1 assesses first year of responding to after-hours calls for emergency housing

After one year of entering into a contract with the Agency of Human Services to cover the after-hours emergency housing assistance, more than 1,300 calls were received by Vermont 2-1-1.  Of these requests for after-hours emergency housing, 329 callers were eligible for housing assistance.  Alternate shelter was found for 451 of the remaining 1,015 callers who did not qualify for emergency housing.  The majority of requests for emergency housing are from single individuals.

Read more about Vermont 2-1-1.

Funding awarded for 15 new vouchers for homeless veterans

Vermont will be able to permanently house 15 more homeless Veteran households in affordable housing with supportive services available thanks to a recent award to the Vermont State Housing Authority. The funding is from the U.S.

RFP issued for grant writing services

The Chittenden Continuum of Care (CoC) is seeking grant writing services to prepare an application under HUD’s Fiscal Year 2011 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Competition. As of the issuance of this RFP, HUD has not yet published the NOFA. However, this RFP is being issued in anticipation of the NOFA being published in the summer or early fall of 2011.  Proposals are due by 12:00 p.m., Friday, July 22, 2011.

Homelessness on Channel 3

WCAX-TV Channel 3 aired a story last week about the challenges Vermont's homeless encounter when seeking help.

Watch or read the story online.

Comment on the Governor's Housing the Homeless Summit

As a follow-up to Gov. Shumlin's June 7 "Housing the Homeless Summit," the Agency of Human Services is seeking your comments.

The Agency has created a Web site to accept your comments about the summit and the topics covered.

You'll also find a number of proposals presented at the summit available for download as PDFs.

Visit the Web site and enter your comments.

Homelessness on Channel 3

Earlier this month, Vermonters gathered at the Governor's Housing the Homeless summit in Montpelier to discuss the problem of homelessness in Vermont.

HUD: Chronic homelessness down, family homelessness up

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) this week released its "2010 Annual Homeless Assessment Report to Congress."

Homelessness summit in Times Argus

This past Tuesday's Governor's Summit on Housing the Homeless was written up in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus.

Read the article online (subscription required).

Homelessness summit draws crowd

About 140 people from across the state gathered in Montpelier for Gov. Peter Shumlin's Housing the Homeless summit yesterday.

Advocates said the state's focus should be on preventing homelessness and avoiding emergencies.

Read more about the event:

VPR interviews homelessness advocate

Vermont Public Radio aired a 10-minute interview with homelessness advocate Morgan Brown.

Morgan blogs about policy and politics that affect homeless people, and has sometimes found himself among their ranks.

Listen to the story online.

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