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Action to End Homelessness in Washington County Launches Campaign

Congratulations to VIA of Central Vermont, which kicked off a “Housing First” campaign to end homelessness in Washington County by 2020. Their Action on April 26 featured commitments from seven housing and mental health advocates to join forces with the faith communities in Montpelier and Barre to obtain the necessary resources and support staff to provide housing for those who are currently homeless. The Times Argus ran a story on their front page about the Action, which you can see here. A video of the 80-minute event can also be seen on ORCA media. Pathways to Housing is the lead organization in Vermont that urges a housing first model, which focuses on providing housing for those in need before attempting any other services, and then combines that housing with supportive treatment in the areas of mental and physical health, substance abuse, education, and employment. VIA will sponsor a workshop, “Housing 101”, to prepare those interested in participating in an organizing campaign. The workshop features a presentation by Hilary Melton, Executive Director of Pathways VT, about the Housing First model, as well as trainings by VIA leaders on Building People Power, Growing Relationships through Intentional Conversations, Continuing the Conversation on Social Media and Sharing and Collecting Stories. They will end the workshop with break-out sessions to brainstorm strategies in bringing this vision to reality. Click here to reserve your space! Day and Time: Saturday, June 4th, 2016, from 9 am to 12 noon. Address: Old Labor Hall, 46 Granite St. Barre, VT 05641. For questions, contact (802) 651-8889 or melissa@viavt.org.

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Please visit our new Housing & Homelessness Alliance of Vermont website at www.hhav.org!

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