House Resolution Honoring Melinda Bussino This Friday, April 20th, 9:30AM at the Vermont State House
The Vermont House of Representatives will be reading a resolution in honor of Melinda Bussino this Friday morning, April 20th at 9:30am. Melinda’s family will be present and we hope that all that are able to come will attend. The House Resolution will be sent out next week for those that are unable to attend. “It was with great shock and sadness that we learned of the passing of Melinda Bussino, one of our state’s best known and most effective advocates for homeless and vulnerable Vermonters, passed away after suffering from a massive heart attack. Melinda was known for her dedicated service in many positions to Vermont’s affordable housing and homelessness community and for being a tireless activist and advocate for the homeless. In the words of Larry Smith, president of the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center board, she was truly an “army of one.” Melinda was an inspiration for us all. Her passing is a tremendous loss. For those who may not have known her well, Melinda was the founder and long time Executive Director of the Drop-In Center, as well as the Governor’s appointee on the HUD Consolidated Plan Committee and the Vermont Interagency Council on Homelessness. She was the most recent co-chair of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and a previous chair for the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition. She continued to work closely with us on many important issues throughout the years. She also served for many years as chair of the Windham Regional Commission. In 2008, Melinda won the Housing Hero award at the biennial Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. Melinda believed that a shelter should be more than a place to sleep; it should feel like a home for those that did not have one. Hers was a steady, effective voice that told the story of homeless Vermonters far more powerfully than all the statistics.” We hope to see you all on Friday at 9:30am at the State House for the reading of the resolution honoring Melinda.
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