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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. 

HUD program helps homeless veterans find affordable housing

A program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH) helps homeless veterans, such as Joseph Tomasello, find affordable housing. Today's New York Times describes how Mr. Tomasello's life took an unexpected downturn after his service in the air force, how he found himself homeless, and about his scramble for jobs and space in New York area homeless shelters.

Sept. 28 - VAHC Annual Meeting, VAHC/VCEH Joint Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting

September 28 is the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition’s Annual Meeting, as well as its annual joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), and the VCEH’s monthly meeting. As always, this year’s agenda is packed and exciting:

Feedback about new security deposit and renter risk pool

The State of Vermont is proposing systematic changes in its delivery of housing services to the homeless population. Two potential programs that may stem from these changes are a state-funded security deposit guarantee program and a renter risk pool.

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.


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