Homelessness down, but still too high, say advocates

Activists stood in the 27-degree weather to call for further action.

Bennington nonprofit gets homeless programs back on track

The Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless is about to open a new shelter and add staff, and its budget for next year is increasing roughly 50 percent.

As need expands, so do escape routes from domestic violence

In Rutland County, the number of nights spent in motels by victims of domestic violence through the voucher program increased by more than 2,000 from fiscal year 2015 to fiscal 2016.

Champlain Housing Trust Exceeds Governor’s Goal for Housing People Experiencing Homelessness

News Release — Champlain Housing Trust Sept. 16, 2016 Contact: Chris Donnelly Director of Community Relations Champlain Housing Trust (802) 861-7305 direct (802) 310-0623 cell (802) 862-6244 main Burlington, VT – The Champlain Housing Trust announced today it had exceeded a benchmark set by Governor Shumlin to house more people who are without a home. […]

Motels used less for emergency housing in fiscal 2016

However, numbers show an increase in people seeking shelter because of domestic violence, according to human services officials.

HUD chief in Burlington to grant $3 million for affordable rentals

Housing advocates aired their concerns to Secretary Julian Castro, including funding cuts that have left some Section 8 vouchers unusable and rules that essentially block rural areas from programs.

Local Faith Communities Spearhead Campaign to End Homelessness in Washington County by 2020

News Release — VIA April 22, 2016 Contact: Debbie Ingram, Executive Director of VIA, (802) 651-8889 (office), 310-4625 (cell). On Tuesday, April 26, 2016, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier (64 State Street), the congregations of Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA) will ask seven local service providers to join with […]

Gov. Shumlin Highlights Success in Reducing Homelessness

News Release — Department of Housing and Community Development April 20, 2016 Contact: Noelle MacKay, Commissioner, Department of Housing and Community Development [email protected] 802.282.5216 Re-Confirms Commitment to Ending Family Homelessness by 2020 SOUTH BURLINGTON – A year after establishing a commitment to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a […]

National Life Group Foundation Commits $100,000 to COTS

News Release — National Life Group April 18, 2016 Contact: Ross Sneyd, corporate communications, National Life Group, 802.229.3866 Becky Holt, Development Director, COTS, 802.864.7402 ext. 204 Grant Will Support 95 North Project and Ongoing Programs Montpelier, Vermont – A $100,000 grant to COTS from the National Life Group Foundation will support the state’s largest homeless […]

Annual ‘snapshot’ finds homeless population down 28 percent

Advocates are optimistic about the 2016 point-in-time count of homeless Vermonters, while calling for continued investment in housing.

Martha Maksym: Why hospital support for housing makes sense

The University of Vermont Health Network proposed continuing its support for local housing, substance abuse, mental health and dental services when it presented its fiscal year 2015 budget adjustment plan.

Nonprofits Kick Off Redevelopment of COTS Building

News Release — Housing Vermont March 29, 2016 Contacts: Kenn Sassorossi, Housing Vermont (802) 355-8009 or [email protected] Becky Holt, COTS (802) 864-7402 x 204 or [email protected] 14 New Affordable Apartments and Improved Facilities for COTS BURLINGTON – Governor Peter Shumlin and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joined COTS and Housing Vermont today to kick off the […]

People’s United Community Foundation awards $10,000 to Vermont’s COTS

News Release — People’s United Community Foundation February 26, 2016 Contact: Kathleen L. Schirling 802.660.1363 Fax: 802.660.1577 [email protected] BURLINGTON, VT – The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, announced today that it has awarded $10,000 to the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) of Burlington. Focusing on long-term solutions to end […]

Homeless man living at ski area gets help from shelter

Editor’s note: This article is by Tim Camerato, of the Valley News, in which it was first published Feb. 25, 2016. LEBANON — John Caswell, a homeless man who was living in a tarp shelter he built on Storrs Hill, is now receiving help at the Upper Valley Haven. The 60-year-old Lebanon native said that […]