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Homelessness Awareness Day & Memorial Vigil – Jan 15, State House, Montpelier




Every year in January concerned citizens, housing and homeless service providers, and people with lived experience gather at the State House in Montpelier. Those gathered engage their representatives and senators to renew the commitment to end homelessness in Vermont and bring awareness to all those in our state without a place to call home. This year, the annual Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil will take place on Wednesday, January 15th, 2020. Please join us!

DRAFT SCHEDULE7:30 am – 9:00 amCoffee & muffins, Cafeteria7:30 am – 2:30 pmLegislative Awareness Day, Card Room9:00 am – NoonCommittee testimonyNoonMemorial Vigil & Speak-Out, State House Steps1:00 pmReading of Legislative Resolution & Recognition of Vermonters with lived experience, homeless service providers & advocates, House Gallery

The day will kick off early at 7:30am with coffee and muffins in the Cafeteria. This will be a great time to meet with your representatives and senators to discuss the work you and your organizations are doing.  To make your time at the state house most effective, please be sure to reach out to lawmakers prior to the event to ask them to meet with you.

People will be in the Card Room all morning and afternoon to educate lawmakers about the work being done around the state, the strategies that are working, and what still needs to be done to help end homelessness in Vermont. There will also be portraits from the Voices of Home project on display.

At noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for the annual Memorial Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe, affordable, and secure housing.

At 1:00pm, please gather in the House Gallery to hear the reading of a legislative resolution recognizing those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness, the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. For more information, contact Ellen Hender (,  Rebeka Lawrence-Gomez ( or Travis Poulin (

Click here for the event flyer. Please post the flyer and forward this notice to your network.

Wishing you all the best for Thanksgiving and hope to see you at the State House on January 15th!

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