Many who would be directly affected by the loss of the state’s pandemic motel housing program are pushing back on the state’s arguments for ending it.
New eligibility requirements are too narrow, Vermont Legal Aid says, and will leave homeless Vermonters with disabilities without housing after July 1.
The phaseout of the emergency motel program is alarming advocates and community service providers, who say that the transition is too abrupt, and will leave some without a place to live.
Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille said departments generally are not allowed to spend more than the Legislature budgeted, but that the administration is allowing it in this situation.
News Release — Department for Children and Families Feb. 17, 2016 Contact: Sarah Phillips, Chief Administrator, Office of Economic Opportunity, Department for Children and Families, (802) 769-6405 Essex, VT – The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) — part of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) — announced today that approximately $785,000 in grants […]
The cold weather exemption that allows homeless people to stay on motel rooms when shelters are full was in effect for 69 straight days, not including March.
Bad weather, an increase in the number of homeless families, and rising prices of hotel and motel rooms are putting pressure on the state’s temporary housing budget.
Homelessness Awareness Day event focuses on causes, cures and the Vermonters who live without reliable housing options.
Housing trust buys former Econo Lodge in Shelburne to provide transitional services for homeless Vermonters.
DCF officials and advocates are trying to figure out how to comply with the Legislature’s seemingly contradictory mandate to cap expenditures at $1.5 million and provide housing for Vermonters when shelters are full.
Lawmakers cut the amount the state can spend on emergency housing for the homeless.
This year, the department has put more homeless Vermonters up in motels — intended as a last-resort option when shelters are full — than ever before.