DCF Says New Program Cuts Down On Homeless Motel Vouchers
This week, the Vermont Department for Children & Families released a Budget Adjustment Report on Housing and Shelter Assistance to the Vermont Legislature. To view the report, click here. Below is commentary from VPR on the report:
State efforts to reduce the number of people who use motels for emergency housing have been effective, according to a report released this week by the Department for Children and Families. Last winter, the state saw a significant increase in the number of people who were forced to use the motel voucher program for emergency housing. Since then, the state put resources into developing alternative housing options across the state, and alternative shelters were set up in Burlington, St. Johnsbury and Middlebury. Those efforts, according to the report, led to sharp reductions in traffic and significant savings. Data for all of this winter are not yet available, but if projections hold, the state will spend about $3.9 million this winter, compared to the $4.3 million it spent last year. The unusually mild winter also might have contributed to the decrease, the report says. The state is putting resources into alternative housing programs across the state, and it hopes to broaden the services even further next year.
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