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Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil – January 5th, State House

Posted December 28, 2016

Every year in January concerned citizens and housing and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives and to renew the commitment to end homelessness in our state. This year, the annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will take place on Thursday, January 5th, 2017. Please join us!


  • Legislative Awareness Day, Card Room: 7:30 AM-2 PM
  • Reading of Legislative Resolution and Recognition of Homeless Service Providers and Advocates, House Gallery: 9:30 AM
  • Memorial Vigil, State House Steps: Noon

The day will kick off early at 7:30am in the Card Room. People will be present all morning and into the afternoon to educate lawmakers about the work being done around the state, about which strategies are working, and what still needs to be done to help end homelessness in Vermont. Please use this time to meet with legislators and discuss the good work you and your organization are doing in your region. To make your time at the state house most effective, please be sure to reach out to lawmakers prior to the event to ask them to meet with you.

At 9:30pm be in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.

At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for the annual Memorial Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe, affordable and secure housing.

Please circulate our flyer to your networks to help raise awareness about the day and increase turnout. Please note that it is also Governor-elect Scott’s inauguration day, and so it would be best to arrive in Montpelier as early as possible to account for the special security measures at the State House that day. We hope to see you there!

For more information, contact MaryEllen Mendl at, or Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.



HUD Awards $2.3 Million for Local Homeless Programs in Vermont

Posted May 3, 2016

Yesterday, HUD announced the final Tier 2 awards for Continuum of Care Programs with both CoCs (Balance of State and Chittenden) in Vermont approved for all submitted applications including:

  • All CoC renewal projects
  • All CoC reallocated projects (two new ICA/HMIS grants, new CVOEO/Coordinated Entry project, and a new VSHA Permanent Housing/Rapid Rehousing project in Franklin/Lamoille/Washington counties)
  • Two new Permanent Housing/Rapid Rehousing BONUS projects:
    • $131,542:  State of Vermont (AHS); “Domestic Violence – Housing First”.
    • $415,845:  Vermont State Housing Authority; 37 units/62 beds to serve literally homeless families, individuals, youth, veterans and victims of domestic violence in the counties of Addison (John Graham Shelter), Bennington (BROC), Orleans (NEKCA), Rutland (BROC & HPC), Washington (Capstone), and Windsor (UVH).

For the full press release and further information, click here.

For a guide to Vermont CoCs, click here.


Gubernatorial Candidates Scott Milne and Governor Peter Shumlin Address VAHC and VCEH at Annual Meeting

Posted October 2, 2014

If you were not able to attend, on September 16th the VAHC annual meeting and joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness took place in Randolph, VT. This being an election year, we invited the two major party gubernatorial candidates to speak. We were pleased to have both Governor Peter Shumlin and Republican Nominee Scott Milne join us to discuss their views on issues related to housing in Vermont.  Each candidate had been provided with a set of questions in advance that coalition members asked them to address during their remarks.

To view the addresses and following Q&A segments from both candidates see the embedded video below or click here.


Joint VAHC/VCEH & VAHC Annual Meetings – Tues, Sept 16 – Gov. Shumlin & Scott Milne Confirmed

Posted September 8, 2014

The Coalition’s annual meeting, and joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), as well as the VCEH’s monthly meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 16 from 9:30AM – 2:00PM at the Baptist Fellowship Church in Randolph.

This being an election year, we have invited the two major party gubernatorial candidates to speak. Both Governor Peter Shumlin and Republican Nominee Scott Milne are confirmed.

Given the recent high level changes at the Agency of Human Services and Department for Children and Families, we have also invited AHS Secretary Harry Chen and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz. In the event that Secretary Chen and/or Commissioner Schatz are unable to make it, we plan to have a progress update and follow-up discussion on the Access to Housing for the Homeless round table held last April.

The joint meeting will conclude with a networking lunch, followed by the VAHC annual meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting. Here is the overall agenda for the day:

9:30-12:00 VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting
12:00-12:45 Networking Lunch ($5 donation requested)
12:45-2:00 VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting

We’ll send out the detailed agenda, as well as background materials later this week. Please note: there will be no call-in option for this meeting.

The next regularly scheduled monthly VAHC meeting will be on Wednesday, October 8, 9:30AM at VCIL in Montpelier.

Hope to see you next Tuesday in Randolph!


October 15: HMIS Workflow Workshop

Posted October 1, 2013

On Tuesday, October 15 the Single HMIS Exploration Committee, a joint committee of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Continuum of Care, will be hosting a workshop to identify the needs and requirements of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS).

The goal of the workshop is to provide a brief, non-€technical overview of the purpose and goals of a HMIS, briefly discuss the overall process of selecting and implementing an HMIS solution, and identify what HMIS is and how it can be used at attendee’s agencies.  A key part of the workshop includes a definition of what a workflow process is, why it is important to any agency’s successful operations, how it is a critical piece of HMIS software selection, and how to map it.  Participants will work together to conduct a workflow analysis that will teach attendees how to document their own workflows for intake, enrollment, and service delivery. Attendees will then be able to use this information within their own organizations to understand how the HMIS can positively impact their work and data flow and identify ways in which the process could be improved by an HMIS.

This will be a valuable opportunity for homeless service providers across the state to begin working together to identify how HMIS is currently used and how it could be used to improve service delivery, facilitate coordinated assessment, and support performance measurement while supporting the everyday program tasks.

The workshop will focus on issues that are relevant to agency leadership, program managers and case managers or other staff that use HMIS on a daily basis.  Because the goal is to understand existing and desired process, it is especially important for non-€technical people who are familiar with provider processes to attend.  The details:

~ Tuesday, October 15, 2013 ~

11:30 AM to€“ 3:30 PM

VT SBDC Technology Center,

1 Main St, Randolph, VT

For more information, and to send in your RSVP, please email Justin Henry at


Point-in-Time Count of Homelessness in Vermont

Posted September 18, 2013

The next Point-in-Time (PIT) count of Vermont’s homeless population will take place on January 29, 2014.  The PIT Count allows local communities and state policy makers to understand current problems of homelessness, target limited funding to appropriate housing and services, and track progress.  It also serves to highlight the need to ensure all Vermonters have safe, adequate, physically accessible, and affordable housing.

The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness will be discussing preliminary planning of the 2014 Point-in-Time at their next monthly meeting on October 15 in Randolph.

See also: Summary by county of the 2013 Point-in-Time.


Updated Agenda for VAHC & VCEH Meetings on Wednesday

Posted September 9, 2013

We are just a couple days out from our annual meeting to be held in Randolph from 9:30am to 2pm Wednesday, September 11 (driving directions). VAHC in the morning will have a joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness.  After lunch, the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting will be held concurrently in different rooms at the same location. Here are some of special guests confirmed to be attending:

  • Elizabeth Miller, Chief of Staff, Governor Shumlin’s Office
  • Representative Therese Taylor (D-Barre), Assistant House Majority Leader
  • Susan Elliott, Community Liaison, Office of Congressman Peter Welch
  • Mike McNamara, Vermont State Director, U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development
  • Kathleen Berk, Director of Housing Program Administration, Vermont State Housing Authority
  • Chris Curtis, Staff Attorney, Vermont Legal Aid

At the VAHC annual meeting, members will be electing a Steering Committee and officers for the 2013/14 year.  We are fortunate to have all eight current members willing to serve another year. The Steering Committee asks that you elect the following slate.  Nominations from the floor are also always welcome:

  • Ted Wimpey, Chair and Director, CVOEO Fair Housing Project
  • Chris Donnelly, Vice-Chair and Director of Community Relations, Champlain Housing Trust
  • Julie Lowell, Treasurer and candidate for Ph.D. in Social Work, former Case Manager/Advocacy Coordinator, Committee on Temporary Shelter
  • John Broderick, At Large Member and Executive Director, Regional Affordable Housing Corporation
  • Sara Kobylenski, At Large Member and Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
  • George Mathias, At Large Member and Chief Operating Officer, RuralEdge (formerly Gilman Housing Trust)
  • Terry McKnight, At Large Member and Executive Director, Addison County Community Trust
  • Harold Nadeau, At Large Member and Home & Community Access Program Manager, Vermont Center for Independent Living

Lunch will be catered by the Upper Valley Haven Healthy Eating Program for a suggested donation of $5 a person.  The menu will include Caesar salad, homemade vegetable soup, three kinds of wraps (Asian chicken, grilled veggie and tuna salad), homemade chocolate chip cookies and fruit salad with homemade fresh whipped cream.  

Take a look at the updated full agenda for the day here.  We’ll see you on Wednesday!



Wednesday, Sept. 11: VAHC Annual Meeting with VCEH

Posted September 4, 2013

The Coalition’s Annual Meeting, annual joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH), and the VCEH’s monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 11 from 9:30 am2:00 pm at the Baptist Fellowship Church in Randolph.  As always, this year’s agenda will be packed with remarks from high level state policymakers, information and lively discussions.

We have invited representatives from the Governor’s Office, legislative leadership, and the congressional offices to provide their perspectives on issues affecting affordable housing and homelessness over the coming year. As well, there will be updates and discussion on issues that members of both coalition’s have been grappling with over the last year. The joint meeting will conclude with a networking lunch, followed by the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting. Here is the overall agenda for the day:


  9:30-12:00        VAHC & VCEH Joint Meeting

12:00-12:45        Networking Lunch

12:45-2:00          VAHC Annual Meeting & VCEH Monthly Meeting


As a reminder, the Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition (VHCC) will hold its annual meeting at 2:30 at the Capitol Plaza in Montpelier. The VAHC and VCEH meetings will conclude in time for folks who want to attend VHCC to make it to Montpelier in time.

We will see you on the 11th!


TIMES ARGUS – Counting our homeless: Vermont struggles to pinpoint needs

Posted July 30, 2013

By Eric Blaisdell. Reposted from the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, July 28, 2013.

“It’s anyone’s guess how many people are actually homeless in Vermont.

They aren’t exactly lining up to be counted, and the ones who have been identified represent only a fraction of the total homeless population.

The lack of reliable data has undermined the efforts of advocates for the homeless while providing political cover for policy makers, experts in the field say.

Moreover, the incomplete count has made it more difficult to secure adequate funding to combat the problem, and direct aid to where it’s needed most.

However poor the data, the problem is undeniably severe.

Surveys of the homeless population show a sharp climb in recent years, coinciding with the onset of an economic recession that began taking its toll in 2008. Tropical Storm Irene dealt another blow in 2011, when residents of devastated communities lost access to shelter…”

PDF of Full Times Argus Article


Recruitment Opportunities at the VAHC & VCEH

Posted May 17, 2013

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is seeking two new AmeriCorps VISTA members for the 2013-14 year!

A*VISTA Communications & Outreach Coordinator
This position will serve the VAHC & VCEH jointly. The VISTA Member will disseminate information to each coalition’s members and the general public, help convene monthly membership meetings, manage electronic, social and print media, provide outreach to member organizations and community, provide support to the Steering Committee, research and write grants, assist with conference and training planning, coordinate activities that increase awareness of housing and homeless needs, and meet requirements of the VYT program.

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A*VISTA Resident Organizer
This position will serve the VAHC. In response to a growing need for resident engagement and organizing in affordable housing properties, VAHC is working to organize and build leadership among residents living in subsidized housing. The goal of this position is to help organize & support resident associations. The member will provide logistic & communication support (plan resident meetings, create fliers, etc.), create resources for resident leaders & organizers, strengthen the network of resident associations and leaders, identify & promote leadership development opportunities for residents, provide outreach to the media & broader community, and meet requirements of the VYT program. 

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For more information, and to apply, please fill out an application at AND send resume and cover letter to:

Jenny Montagne (note: electronic submission preferred)
275 Northgate Road
Burlington, VT 05408




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