The governor said permanent housing — not temporary housing — is the ultimate solution.
About 543 households are slated to lose their rooms Thursday, according to Vermont Legal Aid.
After a month of litigation between Vermont Legal Aid and the state, Vermont Federal Judge Christina Reiss ruled that homeless Vermonters who self attested a disability can remain until litigation is resolved.
Vermont Legal Aid has been fighting to broaden eligibility under the emergency housing program for people with disabilities who are experiencing homelessness.
Residents and the task force went back and forth about whether the city should track people camping in designated spaces.
A return to regular tourism, together with new capacity limits in several towns, complicates hotel placements for people who still qualify.
Some have found housing. Some are using a $2,500 state grant to extend their hotel stays. Others have no idea where they’re going. Some plan to camp out.
An order signed by a state judge Wednesday will give residents experiencing homelessness an additional 14 days to prove that they have a disability before they have to leave hotels and motels.
The policy: Non-interference for people sleeping around the city.
As of July 1, about 700 people will no longer be eligible for the motel rooms that have been available since the start of the pandemic.