“It’s disheartening that you could almost use the same quotes I had from 10 years ago about what’s going on right now,” one advocate said this month while reflecting back on a continuing lack of enough shelter space. “We collectively haven’t made much progress.”
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Burlington City Council confirms Jon Murad as police chief
More than a year after rejecting Murad for the role, the council voted 8-4 in favor of giving him the job. He will be the city’s first official police chief since December 2019.
Burlington asks state to fund new emergency shelter, motel stays
Local officials and advocates want to convert a mostly-vacant state office building in downtown Burlington into a 50-person emergency shelter with a daytime drop-in center for up to 75 people.
Phil Scott signs ‘HOME’ bill, legalizing duplexes statewide and tweaking Act 250
“We will continue to focus on turning the tide of this housing crisis,” the governor said in a statement. “More important work lies ahead, but this bill is a great start.”
Vermont state rep’s home vandalized after first round of motel program evictions
“Isn’t it nice to have a home” was painted in red letters on the garage door of Democrat Martin LaLonde’s house in South Burlington, according to Police Chief Shawn Burke.
After last-ditch legal effort fails, hundreds of unhoused Vermonters are evicted from motel program
Thursday marked the first of several waves of evictions planned for this spring and summer, as the state winds down pandemic-era programs that have sheltered an estimated 80% of Vermont’s unhoused population in motels.
Phil Scott signs retirement savings bill, vetoes 2 others
A bill that would have restricted law enforcement’s use of certain interrogation tactics against children in custody was one of the latest to get a veto.
‘They were bad choices’: Balint votes reluctant yes on debt ceiling
A deal struck between President Joe Biden and Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy raised the nation’s borrowing limit, allowing it to pay its bills and avoid an economically catastrophic default — but also includes a laundry list of GOP policy demands.
Phil Scott allows gun control bill to go into law without his signature
“(K)nowing that my constitutional concerns will be addressed through the legal process, I will allow H.230 to become law without my signature, and await the judicial branch to decide the fate of waiting periods,” the Republican governor said Thursday.
Judge denies effort to delay evictions from motel program
Depending on their eligibility criteria, about 2,800 are due to lose their shelter in several waves over the spring and summer — starting today.