ALERT: Sign on to letter supporting VT-211

Vermont 211 has had to cut back their after-hours referral service. In response, we have written a letter to legislative leaders asking them to address this critical issue during the upcoming FY 20 State budget adjustment process. Please join us in signing our letter supporting Vermont 211.

Vermont 211 is an essential part of our safety net for vulnerable Vermonters.

Due to an increase in service charges from a partner 211 agency contracted to respond to after-hours calls, together with State budget constraints, as of October 1st, VT 211 is no longer able to answer calls between 8:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M. or on weekends or holidays.

In addition to providing information about health and human services, the service also provides emergency housing vouchers when Economic Services district offices are closed. This has been a critical, life-saving service after-hours. Emergencies don’t necessarily occur during normal business hours, and the ability to receive housing vouchers after 8:00 P.M. in cases of domestic violence or extreme weather has undoubtedly saved the lives of many Vermonters.

We urge you to sign this letter of support for 211, asking legislators to address the reduction in hours by making up for the budget shortfall.

Here is the complete AHS notice. And here is the Press Release from VT-211.

Click here to read the letter.

Click here to sign. We are asking for organizational signers onlyDeadline: Wednesday, October 30.

Thank You!

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