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Homeless Point In Time Count January 26, 2011

Posted December 30, 2010

The fifth official statewide homeless point in time count (PIT) will be conducted on January 26, 2011 throughout all of Vermont.

The Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care (CoC) and The Chittenden County Continuum of Care are again joining efforts to conduct the count. The Continuums of Care are comprised of local homeless & human service organizations that apply for federal funds to address homelessness in our communities. These efforts will be supported by the Agency of Human Services and the Vermont State Housing Authority.

The fifth coordinated Point-in-Time Count will collect data to be used by the Balance of State, Chittenden County, and local continuums in their funding applications to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, as well as to provide a statewide baseline for measuring the success of housing and supportive services used to reduce the number of people who are homeless in Vermont.

Local CoC’s have participated in trainings the past year to support best practices. Refresher trainings will be held on January 5, 2011 and following CoC meetings. The training meetings will focus on recent amendments required by HUD.

For a copy of the Data Collection form or for additional information and instructions on how to administer the survey and where to send it after the count please go to or contact:

Melinda Bussino      Balance of State CoC Co-Chair

Mary Ellen Mendl    Chittenden County CoC Chair 

Daniel Blankenship Vermont State Housing Authority

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Habitat house in Charlotte wins national award

Posted December 29, 2010

Source: Burlington Free Press, December 29, by Dorothy Pellett.

“Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity has won a national award for its first home under construction in Charlotte, honoring the home’s innovative character, creativity of design and affordability. [More …]

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Canal Street Veterans Housing Ribbon Cutting


Please join representatives from Housing Vermont and the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) and other dignitaries as we celebrate the opening of the Canal Street Veterans Housing Facility.

What: Canal Street Veterans Housing Ribbon Cutting

When: Monday, January 10, 2011, at 1:00 PM

Where: 120 West Canal Street, Winooski

RSVP: Email Or call Mary Beth at 864-7402, ext. 104

More information on Canal St. Project: cotsonline

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Homeless Vigil/Legislation Day Update

Posted December 28, 2010

WHEN: Wednesday, January 5th

2011 VT Annual Homeless Memorial Vigil
sponsored by the VT Coalition to End Homelessness

  • 8:00AM to 12:00PM – Meet Legislators in the Card Room (bring agency/program flyers)
  • 12:00PM to 12:30PM – Vigil on Steps of the Montpelier Statehouse with Guest Speakers
  • 1:30PM to 3:00PM – HEARTH Committee meeting at VHCB, 58 East State Street, Montpelier
  • 5:00 to 5:45PM – Barre Homeless Observance at Barre City Hall Park at 6 No. Main Street.  Sponsored by the Good Samaritan Haven (802-479-2294) with candles & prayers offered and donations accepted.

WHY: Housing is a Right! Vermont’s homeless shelters, service providers and supporters will commemorate the thousands of Vermonters who experienced homelessness this past year.

HOW: To find out how to get involved and more information contact Linda Ryan at or (802) 373-6505.  2011 Annual Homeless Vigil flyer and Barre Homeless Observance flyer can both be found at:



Governor Douglas announces $857,000 in Community Development Program grants

Posted December 22, 2010

Source:, December 22.

“Governor Jim Douglas today announced that $857,000 in Vermont Community Development Program grants are being awarded to four communities – Bethel, Randolph, Vergennes and Rochester. He made the announcement at a ceremony at the Bethel Town Hall, highlighting an affordable housing project in specially targeted for seniors and the disabled. [More …]

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First of VT Census Data Explained


Source: Housing Matters Blog, Dec. 22, 2010

The 2010 Census has released its first set of data. According to the 2010 Census data, Vermont’s total population is 625,741. Vermont’s population grew 2.8% between 2000 and 2010, that’s down from 8.2% the previous decade.

According to Chip Sawyer from the Center of Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont; these numbers are not much of a surprise, still the data is significant because it continues a trend of a slowing growth rate for the state.

Only six states grew more slowly than Vermont between 2000 and 2010 and Vermont is still the second smallest state in the country behind Wyoming. Vermont will still retain its one seat in the U.S. Congress. County and town population numbers will be released in early 2011 by the Census.

Chip and CRS are partners with VHFA in the Vermont Housing Data Web site.

Chip appeared on TV and Radio explaining these details, read more:

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Vermont OEO Shelter Census Count 2010

Posted December 21, 2010

Source: Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), December 21.

Each year, the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity conducts a survey of Vermont’s homeless shelters and services providers. Known as the one-night shelter count, the survey gauges shelter utilization and provides a snapshot of people who are homeless on that evening. Data are reported by shelters, transitional living programs and homelessness prevention or essential services programs receiving Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funding. Below is a snapshot of the data:
– There are 382 persons living in Vermont’s ESG-supported Homeless Shelters. 121, nearly one third, are children under 18.

– ESG-supported Transitional Housing programs provide housing for an additional 146 persons, 92 of whom are children (47%.)

– ESG-supported Homelessness Prevention and Social Services programs provide case-management, warm meals, assistance with back rent, emergency motel stays, or day shelter to over 500 persons each day who are currently homeless or would be without these critical supports.

Reminder:  The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness is conducting its annual Point-in-Time Count on January 26th. For more information regarding that comprehensive count of Vermonters experiencing homelessness, contact Daniel Blankenship at

Full Report available in our resource section: Vermont OEO Shelter Census Count 2010.

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$11 Million Slated for Vermont Home Heating Help


Source: The Vermont Delegation, Dec. 21.

“WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 – The Senate today cleared the way for an additional $10.8 million for home heating assistance for about 27,000 Vermont households, Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) announced. [More …]

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Event Updates

Posted December 20, 2010

Legislative Day – VT Housing & Conservation Coalition

February 16, 2011, 7:30 AM – 3:30 PM, State House, Montpelier

Please set aside Wednesday, February 16th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to your organization and the communities it serves.  Conservation and affordable housing are critical economic development investments that must remain a priority throughout the challenges of the state’s ongoing fiscal crisis.

More information: Erhard Mahnke (233-2902 or, John Shullenberger (373-2590 or, or Adam Necrason (223-9988 or

Homeless Memorial Vigil & Legislative Day

January 5, 2011
Legislative Day:  9:00 AM – 3 PM in the Card Room, State House, Montpelier
Vigil:  12:00 PM -1:00 PM on the State House Steps, Montpelier

The state’s homeless shelters and service providers will gather for their annual Legislative Day and Vigil at the State House.  The Vigil will commemorate the thousands of Vermonters who received housing and/or services this past year.  Both before and after the Vigil, advocates will discuss with Legislators the needs of Vermonters who are homeless and at risk and what can be done for those others who aren’t able to receive these services.  Sponsored by Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness

More information: Vigil Flyer, or contact Linda Ryan, Samaritan House, 802.527.0847,

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United Valley Interfaith Project Job Announcement – Lead Organizer/Staff Director


The United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP) seeks a Lead Organizer/Staff Director who has a passion for social justice and a strong desire to work with ordinary people organizing themselves as a force to that end.  The Lead Organizer/Staff Director will help UVIP leaders strengthen and grow our organization by building relationships, developing additional leaders in member groups, and engaging in effective issue campaigns to win significant gains in local and statewide social justice issues.  The Lead Organizer/Staff Director will also help leaders organize fundraising efforts, as well as write and submit grants, and actively participate in developing and overseeing the UVIP budget with the UVIP Finance Committee.

For complete job description information, click here: UVIP Job Announcement.

To Apply

We are accepting applications through January 5, 2011.  Interviews will commence in early January to mid-March, 2011.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Please e-mail your cover letter and resume to:

Ms. Gisela Jones

First Vice President

United Valley Interfaith Project (UVIP)


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