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VA Services for Homeless Veterans

Posted May 1, 2015

The VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont State Housing Authority and Vermont Council on Homelessness are committed to the national goal of ending homelessness among Veterans. If you encounter a homeless person who may be a Veteran (served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, deployed with the National Guard or Reserve), please advise them that there are many housing resources & supports through the VA. Please feel free to contact any of the people on this list (PDF file).

For information regarding eligibility status for VA care please call (802) 295-9363 x6281 (or ask the operator for the eligibility office).

The Health Care for Homeless Veterans team (HCHV) mission is to help homeless Veterans access the full range of medical, mental health, and substance abuse treatment at the VA Medical Center and Community Based Outpatient Clinics and to provide homeless Veterans with assistance in accessing community resources, transitional housing, and permanent housing in order to facilitate opportunities for Veterans to improve their well-being.

 



Vermont Council on Homelessness Meeting Tomorrow in Montpelier

Posted June 25, 2014

The next bi-monthly meeting of the Vermont Council on Homelessness is tomorrow Thursday, June 26 from 2 pm to 4 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Pavilion, 4th Floor Conference Room on State Street in Montpelier.

Review the meeting agenda:

VCH June 2014 Agenda

 



Comment Period Now Open for VCH’s Draft of Annual Report and Action Plan

Posted May 5, 2014

Vermont’s plan to Prevent and End Homelessness was developed by the Vermont Council on Homelessness in 2012 and endorsed by Governor Peter Shumlin in January of 2013.  The full document, covering calendar years 2013 through 2017, can be read here.

Read the draft Annual Report and one-year Action Plan for 2015 covering key strategies, recommended action items to support those strategies, a summary of progress to date, discussion of challenges; and information on the prevalence of homelessness in Vermont here.

The comment period on this draft is now open and will remain so through 4:00pm on May 30.  Comments are encouraged and should be submitted electronically to angus.chaney@state.vt.us  Please type “Comments on VCH Action Plan” in the subject line of your e-mail.

 



Vermont Council on Homelessness Meeting on Thursday

Posted April 22, 2014

The next bi-monthly meeting of the Vermont Council on Homelessness is this Thursday, April 24 from 2 pm to 4 pm.  The meeting will be held in the Pavilion, 4th Floor Conference Room on State Street in Montpelier.

Materials to review for the meeting:

Tentative Meeting Agenda

Working Draft Strategy Recommendations for VCH 2015 Annual Update

Section 811 Program Fact Sheet

Draft February Meeting Minutes

 



Vermont Council on Homelessness Meeting on Thursday, February 27

Posted February 4, 2014

The next Vermont Council on Homelessness’ bimonthly meeting will take place on Thursday, February 27.  The meeting will take place from 2pm to 4pm at the Pavilion, 4th Floor Conference Room on State Street in Montpelier.  The tentative agenda is as follows:

  • Introductions and Announcements (5 mins)
  • Public Comment (5 mins)
  • Current Issues: Homeless Single Adults – Jack Kearnan (20 mins)
  • State Plan: Reviewing Progress and Planning for the Annual Update (30 mins)
  • Updates from Council Members (15 mins)
  • Poverty Council: Exploring Common Goals – Co Chairs of the Poverty Council (30 mins)
  • Continuum of Care Updates (5 mins)
    • Balance of State
    • Chittenden
  • Other Business (5 mins)

If you cannot make it to Montpelier, the dial-in number is 1-877-273-4202 and the access code is 7933586 (be advised that the speakerphone is difficult to hear).  Read December’s draft meeting minutes here.

 



Vermont Council on Homelessness Meeting on December 12

Posted December 6, 2013

Next Thursday, December 12 will be the Vermont Council on Homelessness’ bimonthly meeting.  The meeting will take place from 2pm to 4pm at the Pavilion, 4th Floor Conference Room on State Street in Montpelier.  The tentative agenda is as follows:

  • Introductions and Announcements (5 mins)
  • Public Comment (5 mins)
  • Presentation and Discussion on Tax Credit Housing – Maura Collins, VHFA (45 mins)
  • Housing First presentation – Hilary Melton, Pathways Vermont (30 mins)
  • Point In Time counts – past and present (10 mins)
  • Updates from Council Members (15 mins)
  • Continuum of Care Updates (5 mins)
    • Balance of State
    • Chittenden
  • Other Business (5 mins)

If you cannot make it to Montpelier, the dial-in number is 1-877-273-4202 and the access code is 7933586 (be advised that the speakerphone is difficult to hear).

 



Supportive Housing Surveys Now Available for Vermont Landlords and Tenants

Posted October 31, 2013

The Supportive Housing Workgroup of the Vermont Council on Homelessness has created two surveys designed to obtain information to better understand and assess the issues and challenges that may arise both for clients/tenants and for housing providers:

In December of 2012, the Vermont Council on Homelessness approved Vermont’s Plan to End Homelessness. In keeping with the 3rd of three strategies listed as critical to address in 2013, the Supportive Housing workgroup of the VCH created the following surveys. These surveys directly respond to the charge to: “Expand the capacity of programs to provide voluntary supportive services once households move into permanent housing.”

Please read the full introduction to the housing surveys.  Your participation in these voluntary surveys will assist in giving folks a better understanding of the barriers to stable housing experienced by tenants and landlords in Vermont.

Each survey should take no more than five to ten minutes to complete. Feel free to share the surveys with local housing partners and tenant groups in Vermont. To make sure your responses are included, please complete the appropriate survey no later than November 14.

If you are a housing provider, please take the survey linked here.

If you are a client/tenant , please take the survey linked here.

 



Next Thursday Vermont Council on Homelessness Meeting in Williston

Posted October 17, 2013

The next Vermont Council on Homelessness meeting will take place on Thursday, October 24 in the Agency of Human Services Training Room located at 208 Hurricane Lane in Williston.  The meeting will begin at 2pm and end at 4pm.

If you are unable to attend in person, the conference dial-in number is 1-877-273-4202 and participate access code is 7933586.

Please take a moment to review the agenda by clicking here.

 



VCH’s Plan to End Homelessness featured in NLIHC’s Memo to Members

Posted January 29, 2013

The National Low-Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) featured the Vermont Council on Homelessness’ Plan to End Homelessness in their January 25th Memo to Members. Special thanks to Maura Collins, Subcommittee Chair, primary author of the plan, and general herder of cats, and Angus Chaney, Chair of the Vermont Council on Homelessness.

“Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s efforts to address homelessness in his state continued the week of January 7 when he signed legislation authorizing the Vermont Plan to End Homelessness. The plan strengthens Vermont’s strategies to address affordable housing, under-employment, domestic violence, and mental health and substance abuse issues that have led to increased homelessness in recent years. During the first two years of his term, Governor Shumlin approved two new rental assistance programs, replenishing the federal Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing program with state funds, and increased funding for the state Housing and Conservation Trust Fund (see Memo, 6/8/12).

In January 2012, the Shumlin administration re-established the Vermont Council on Homelessness to develop and monitor the state’s 10-year plan to end homelessness. The council reports annually on progress made toward accomplishing the plan’s goals, and recommends resource, policy and regulatory changes needed to accomplish them. It is composed of state agency staff, entities engaged in preventing or addressing homelessness, persons experiencing homelessness and housing providers. Erhard Mahnke of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), an NLIHC state coalition partner, worked intensively on the plan through a council subcommittee, which included VAHC members.

“Our focus on ending homelessness has been sharpened by a week of life-threatening sub-zero weather in northern New England,” Mr. Mahnke said. “Governor Shumlin, his administration and legislative leaders deserve a lot of credit for committing additional scarce state resources to help bend the curve on homelessness as the federal government backs further away from its responsibility to help house our lowest income and most vulnerable citizens…”

Read Full NLIHC Memo to Members Article

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