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REMINDER: Homelessness Awareness Day & Memorial Vigil – Jan 10, State House, Montpelier

Posted January 9, 2018

HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS DAY & MEMORIAL VIGIL

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018

STATE HOUSE, MONTPELIER

Your voice is needed at the State Capitol! Come to Montpelier to tell lawmakers how we can end homelessness in Vermont! Join advocates from all across the state at Homelessness Awareness Day at the State House.  We need you to engage with representatives and senators in your service area to let them know what is needed to make homelessness a brief and infrequent experience in our state. PLEASE JOIN US!

REVISED SCHEDULE

7:30 – 9:00        Coffee, muffins & meetings with legislators, Cafeteria (best time to meet with lawmakers)

7:30 – 3:00        Legislative Awareness Day (meet & greet lawmakers), Card Room

9:00 – 11:00      Joint hearing of House Human Services and General, Housing & Military Affairs Committees – Room 11

11:00 – 11:30     Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee – Room 27

12:00 – 12:30    Memorial Vigil, State House Steps

1:00 – 1:30        Reading of Legislative Resolution & Recognition of Homeless Service Providers & Advocates, House Gallery

1:30 – 2:30        Public Hearing on the Governor’s Recommended FY 2018 Budget Adjustment, House Appropriations Committee – Room 10

 

OUR MESSAGE

  • We thank Governor Scott and lawmakers for supporting all the state resources needed to help reduce homelessness, especially the $35 million housing bond, which is a *major* step forward.
  • Please continue to support the investments we need to solve our affordable housing shortage and implement the recommendations of the “Roadmap to End Homelessness,” investments that will:
    1. Create new affordable homes for Vermonters,
    2. Provide rental assistance and other financial supports to fill the gap between our high rents and what low-income Vermonters can afford, and
    3. Deliver supportive services needed for Vermonters with the greatest challenges to remain stably housed.
  • Vermont has successful programs that deliver proven outcomes. Please continue to support full funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and increased investments in the Vermont Rental Subsidy Program, Mental Health Rental Assistance Vouchers, Family Supportive Housing, Housing Opportunity Grant Program, Corrections Transitional Housing, and Housing First.


OVERVIEW

The day will kick off early at 7:30am with coffee and muffins in the Cafeteria. This will be a great time to meet with your representatives and senators to discuss the good work you and your organization are doing.  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.

People will be present in the Card Room 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. The Card Room is on the 2nd floor, on the way into the cafeteria.

From 9-11am there will be a joint hearing of the House General, Housing & Military Affairs and House Human Services Committees in Room 11, with many witnesses from the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden Homeless Alliance scheduled to speak. Click here for the schedule of witnesses.

From 11-11:30am there will be additional testimony on homelessness in the Senate Economic Development, Housing & General Affairs Committee. You may also be interested to sit in on testimony in this committee from several key housing agency heads (DHCD, VHCB, VHFA) starting at 9am. Click here for the schedule of witnesses.

At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will gather on 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.

At 1:00pm, please be seated in the House Visitor’s Gallery at the rear of the House Chamber to hear the reading of a resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the good work you do to help reduce their plight.

**ALERT** At 1:30pm the House Appropriations Committee will hold a Public Hearing on the Governor’s Recommended FY 2018 Budget Adjustment in Room 10.  DCF has proposed a $200,000 cut to the highly successful Vermont Rental Subsidy Program.  Please contact committee staff person Theresa Utton-Jerman at tutton@leg.state.vt.us or 802-828-5767 to speak against this cut.  Please also support DCF’s request to increase the Emergency Housing budget by $871,000.  Click here for more information, or contact Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.org or 233-2902.

 

TIPS FOR MAKING HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS DAY A SUCCESS

Strong Turn-Out Will Be Key – It is essential that we create a strong presence in the State House. Bring folks from your organization: board members, clients, staff, and local supporters. A strong show of support will be particularly important for the Memorial Vigil at 12 noon outside, on the State House steps, and also at 1pm in the House Chamber when your work will be recognized by the entire body.

Meetings with Lawmakers – Quality interactions with representatives and senators from your service area are critical to the day’s success. One-on-one or small group meetings are the best way to get our message across. To guarantee the most effective use of your time, please make appointments in advance, if possible. If you haven’t done so already, please CALL or EMAIL as soon as possible. Breakfast and after the Vigil at lunch are the best times to schedule your meetings.

How to Contact Your Representatives & Senators – Send them an email or call the Sergeant-at-Arms desk at 1-800-322-5616 and leave a message. Let them know that you’ll be at the State House this Wednesday and would like to meet. Their contact information is in the legislative directory.  If you can’t get an appointment ahead of time, let them know when you’ll be at the State House. If you can’t find them when you arrive, you can send a note via a legislative page. Be sure to note where you are in the State House.

An Exciting Day is Planned – Governor Phil Scott, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe, Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille, and the chairs of key legislative committees, Reps. Helen Head and Ann Pugh and Senator Michael Sirotkin, are all confirmed to speak at the Vigil.  And there are numerous committee meetings for you to sit in on.

Sign in and get a nametag when you arrive – They will be available in the Card Room (second floor, on the way into the cafeteria). Legislators appreciate name tags with your name, your organization and the town you vote in.

Parking – Is always a challenge in Montpelier. You can try on-street parking wherever you can find it. Other options include the Capitol Plaza lot off State Street, the Department of Labor parking lot on Green Mountain Drive (second left after you come off the interstate, just past the first traffic light). Also, the Capitol Shuttle runs every 20 minutes from 7:20 am – 5:20 pm. Do not park in areas designated for legislative parking – you will be towed!

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**A FINAL NOTE** The monthly Affordable Housing Coalition meeting normally scheduled for this Wednesday has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 9:30 – 12:00, at the Vermont Center for Independent Living, 11 East State Street.  The meeting time has been extended to include a special legislative advocacy training by Matt Levin of the Vermont Early Childhood Alliance.

Thanks for your help and cooperation and see you at the State House on Wednesday!

 

Joshua Davis
Groundworks Collaborative
Co-Chair, VT Coalition to End Homelessness
jdavis@groundworksVT.org

Peter Kellerman
John Graham Housing & Services
Co-Chair, VT Coalition to End Homelessness
peter@johngrahamshelter.org

Erhard Mahnke
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.org


 



Homelessness Awareness Day – Jan 10, 2018

Posted December 21, 2017

HOMELESSNESS AWARENESS DAY & MEMORIAL VIGIL

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2018

STATE HOUSE, MONTPELIER

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

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 senators 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 Wednesday, January 10th, 2018. Please join us!

SCHEDULE
7:30 – 9:00am           Coffee & muffins, Cafeteria
7:30am – 2:30pm       Legislative Awareness Day, Card Room
9:00 – 12 noon           Committee testimony
12 noon                      Memorial Vigil & Speak-Out, State House Steps
1:00pm                      Reading of Legislative Resolution, House Gallery

The day will kick off early at 7:30am with coffee and muffins in the Cafeteria. This will be a great time to meet with your representatives and senators to discuss the good work you and your organization are doing.  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.

People will be present in the Card Room 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.

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.

At 1:00pm, please gather 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.

For more information, contact Peter Kellerman at peter@johngrahamshelter.org, Josh Davis at jdavis@groundworksvt.org, or Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.  Click here for the event flyer.

All the best for the holidays and hope to see you at the State House on January 10!

 

 



FINAL REMINDER: VAHC/VCEH annual meetings TOMORROW – 9:30am, Randolph

Posted September 12, 2017

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

This is a final reminder for TOMORROW’S Annual Joint Meeting of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness, our networking lunch, and concurrent VAHC Annual Meeting and VCEH monthly meeting:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church
43 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT

Here is a link to the Final Agenda for all three meetings.

All our special guests are CONFIRMED:

  • Governor Phil Scott
  • House Speaker Mitzi Johnson
  • Senate President Pro Tem Tim Ashe
  • Representatives from all three of Vermont’s congressional offices

I hope you or someone from your organization can attend this important annual get-together!! 

DIRECTIONS:

  • Take I-89 to Exit 4 and head toward Randolph
    (right off south bound exit ramp, left off north bound ramp)
  • Follow Route 66 for about a half mile to Hebard Hill Road on your right
  • Our Lady of the Angels is on the corner on the right

Please note, we will *not* be offering our usual call-in option for this meeting.

Hope to see you tomorrow in Randolph!

 

 



REMINDER: VAHC/VCEH annual meetings – 9/13 Randolph – VIP guests confirmed

Posted September 7, 2017

Dear Coalition Members and Friends,

This is a quick reminder for next Wednesday’s Annual Joint Meeting of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness.  After lunch, the VAHC Annual Meeting and the VCEH monthly meeting will be held concurrently at the same location:

Wednesday, September 13, 2017
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Our Lady of the Angels Church
43 Hebard Hill Rd, Randolph, VT
(Directions below)

I hope you or someone from your organization can attend!!  We have some very special guests and exciting agenda items confirmed:

  • Governor Phil Scott (confirmed for 11:15)
  • Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe (confirmed for 10:10)
  • House Speaker Mitzi Johnson (confirmed for 9:40)
  • Representatives from our congressional offices will provide the latest updates from DC
  • Networking Lunch (at 12 noon, $5 donation requested)
  • VAHC Annual Meeting (12:45 – 2:00) & VCEH Monthly Meeting (12:45 – 2:00)

A detailed agenda for the meetings and background materials will go out as soon as they are finalized.

VAHC STEERING COMMITTEE & OFFICER ELECTIONS
The Coalition by-laws allow for up to nine people to serve on the Steering Committee.  We are fortunate to have six current members willing to continue serving.  As a result, there are up to three potential vacancies on the Steering Committee.  We are fortunate to have Anna Herman from the Champlain Housing Trust willing to serve.  That leaves another two potential seats open.  Steering Committee members are reaching out to other potential candidates and may have additional nominees by next Wednesday.  The by-laws also permit nominations from the floor and call for direct election of officers by the membership.

Until further interested candidates emerge, the Steering Committee recommends that members elect the following slate:

  • Ted Wimpey, Chair & Director, CVOEO Fair Housing Project
  • Sara Kobylenski, Treasurer & Executive Director, Upper Valley Haven
  • Cindy Reid, Secretary & Director of Development, Cathedral Square Corporation
  • Ray Brewster, At Large Member & Independent Consultant
  • Alison Friedkin, At Large Member & Director of Real Estate Development, Downstreet Housing & Community Development
  • Patricia Tedesco, At Large Member & Home Access Program Coordinator, Vermont Center for Independent Living
  • Anna Herman, At Large Member & Community Relations Specialist, Champlain Housing Trust

Click here for current and proposed Steering Committee bios.

DIRECTIONS TO OUR LADY OF THE ANGELS CATHOLIC CHURCH:

  • Take I-89 to Exit 4 and head toward Randolph
    (right off south bound exit ramp, left off north bound ramp)
  • Follow Route 66 for about a half mile to Hebard Hill Road on your right
  • Our Lady of the Angels is on the corner on the right

We will *not* be offering our usual call-in option for this meeting.

Hope to see you next Wednesday!

Erhard Mahnke
————————
VT Affordable Housing Coalition
802-660-9484 (wk) | 802-233-2902 (cell)
erhardm@VTAffordableHousing.org
www.vtaffordablehousing.org

 



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!

Agenda

  • 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 maryellen@unitedwaysvt.org, or Erhard Mahnke at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.

 vtha17

 



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 justin.vahc@gmail.com.

 



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.

 



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