Council Recommends Fighting Poverty with Affordable Housing

From VT Digger: “For the second year in a row, the Council on Pathways from Poverty has proposed a new $2 per night occupancy fee on people staying in hotels and motels so the state can use the money revenue to fight homelessness. The measure didn’t pass in the last biennium. The Council on Pathways from Poverty called the fee one of its top priorities in its November 2016 report, saying the state has “failed to fully appreciate how deeply housing is implicated in the creation of poverty.” Shumlin created the all-volunteer council in December 2013, and it is set to expire Jan. 15. The volunteers want Gov.-elect Phil Scott to extend the council for several more years or make it permanent.” Read the full article here.

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