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State spending on hotels for the homeless doubles

Morgan Brown, longtime advocate for the homeless, at a Statehouse protest. Photo by Roger Crowley

By: Alicia Freese. Reposted from, January 16, 2013.  “The cost of Vermont’s temporary housing program for the homeless has doubled. The Department of Children and Families, which provides emergency housing to eligible applicants for a limited period of time, has requested a budget adjustment of $2.2 million to prevent more Vermonters from becoming homeless. That’s on top of the $2 million lawmakers appropriated for the new program in last year’s appropriations bill. The rising costs are “the caboose that is getting jolted because of a problem happening further up in the train,” said Angus Chaney, director of housing for AHS. The predicament, Chaney said, is that homeless shelters are filling up and affordable housing options are scarce. This means more people are placed in motels — a temporary and costly fix…” Link to Full VTDigger Article  View PDF of Full VTDigger Article

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