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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.

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.

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