The number of people in households with children who are becoming homeless also rapidly grew — by a stunning 36%.
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Gov. Phil Scott vetoes child care bill
The governor does support further investments in child care but he strongly objected to the payroll tax that would partially fund the measure.
What Vermont can learn from its forgotten motel voucher crisis of 2013
“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.”
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.