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Homelessness proposal preview

Our friends at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) have posted six proposals that will be presented at the June 7 Governor's Summit on Housing the Homeless:

Gov. Shumlin convenes homelessness summit

Gov. Peter Shumlin has called for a Governor’s Summit on Housing the Homeless to be held June 7 at the Statehouse in Montpelier.

A focus on people who're homeless has been a priority for Shumlin and his Agency of Human Services since he took office. The Governor's convened this opportunity for housing providers to hear and respond to specific proposals a collaborative group of stakeholders will present based on models of how to successfully house people who are homeless.

COTS Walk coming Sunday

Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is holding its annual COTS Walk fundraiser Sunday.

About 1,500 people are expected to take the three-mile trek to raise money and help draw attention to the needs of the homeless. The route follows the path a homeless person might travel to receive shelter and services in the Queen City.

HUD awards $216 million to help homeless

The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) awarded more than $216 million to nearly 700 new homeless programs across the country. The grants are $26 million more than last year’s, and, combined with renewal funding announced earlier this year, represent the most homelessness assistance ever awarded by HUD.

Vermont will receive $128,400 in "Shelter Plus Care" (S+C) funds.

Report: Homelessness calls to Vermont 2-1-1 up 30%

Vermont 2-1-1's analysis of calls to the helpline in 2010, shows calls related to homelessness were up 30 percent over the previous year.

Some other findings from the organization's recent report:

Homelessness radio marathon coming next week

WGDR 91.1 FM in Plainfield will air the 14th Annual Homelessness Marathon, Feb. 23-24.

Housing Vermont honors Stewart, Martinez

Housing Vermont presented two awards at its September meeting of its Board of Directors: Paul Stewart received the Michael M. Richardson Award; Marty Martinez received the Mile Jensen Award.

The Michael M. Richardson Award recognizes outstanding leadership, volunteer commitment, and the contribution of resources that enhance Housing Vermont’s ability to provide permanently affordable housing for Vermonters.

VHFA to write state plan to end homelessness

VHFA has been hired by the Vermont Agency of Human Services (AHS) to write the state's 10-year plan to end homelessness.

VHFA expects to spend five to six months researching, writing, soliciting feedback and making final revisions to the report. We plan to release it during the next legislative season.

Report: Homelessness rises in 2010

The number of people served in Vermont’s shelters rose by 8% during state fiscal year 2010, when compared to 2009, according to Emergency Shelter Grant program figures released this month by Vermont’s Office of Economic Opportunity.

This was the largest jump of the decade, up to a total of 3,834 people, 22% of whom were children.

Read the report.

HUD: Family homelessness continues to rise

The number of homeless families in the U.S. rose for the second year in a row, according to The 2009 Annual Assessment Report to Congress recently completed by HUD.

This rise shows the impact of the economic downturn “on the housing stability of low-income and vulnerable Americans,” the report explains.


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