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VPR’s Vermont Edition Covers Emergency and Transitional Housing Issues

Posted November 5, 2013

This afternoon’s Vermont Edition took a look at problems of homelessness in Vermont and the difficulty of finding affordable and safe emergency housing for families in need.  The program focused on the new Harbor Place temporary housing facility, spending issues with emergency housing vouchers, as well as discussing other issues concerning emergency and transitional housing.

VPR’s Jane Lindholm spoke spoke with Michael Monte of Champlain Housing Trust, Commissioner Dave Yacovone of the Vermont Department for Children and Families, and Elizabeth Ready of the John W. Graham Shelter.

Listen to the program in its entirety here.


New grant awarded for innovative model to help families move beyond shelters and overflow motels

Posted June 4, 2013

Last week, the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) announced the Family Supportive Housing Grant, which will provide more housing options for Vermont families. The $130,000 grant, which combines public funding and private foundation support, was awarded by the Agency of Human Services, and will unite the Champlain Housing Trust, the Howard Center, and COTS in providing 12-15 families with transitional housing. By providing homes, these organizations are making it possible for families to move out of motels and shelters into more stable and supportive housing.

Description of how the program works, provided by COTS:

“5 units of housing will be provided by the Champlain Housing Trust at Winchester Place in Colchester.  COTS will master lease these units on behalf of families who are homeless and regaining housing through this program. These families will pay COTS a program fee in lieu of rent to develop a housing payment track record. These funds will then be used to subsidize the cost of rent in the second year of the program.

A master’s level, clinically trained mental health clinician from the HowardCenter, called a “Family Supportive Housing Coordinator,” will provide intensive services to families throughout their first year of housing.  The FSH Coordinator will collaborate with COTS staff and other service providers to provide a high level of support to participating families.

COTS Housing Resource Center will help families with the lease agreements, assist with credit repair, and regaining financial stability. COTS’ HRC will administer the “Pay It Forward Fund,” described below. COTS staff also will search for additional rental units to add to this program.

Families will be provided with a host of resources to help them become financially stable. These include connection to financial literacy programs, budgeting, assistance with banking arrangements, and tax filing.”

Link to COTS website for more information

Read more about this project in the news:
Burlington Free Press


OEO one-night shelter count 2012

Posted January 24, 2013

The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) has released their annual One-Night Shelter Count. The count reflects the number of people using shelters and demographics of the homeless population of Vermont. Emergency shelters, transitional living programs, and other prevention and programs provided the data for the count.

View the 2012 OEO Shelter Count Report