Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program survey for stakeholders to inform annual plan

Attention Emergency Solutions Grantees & Partners: The Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant program, administered by the State Office of Economic Opportunity, provides a blend of state and federal (HUD) funding in all regions of the state for homeless shelters as well as non-profit programs engaged in work to prevent homelessness. The purpose of the Emergency Solutions Grant program is to help individuals and families quickly regain stability in permanent housing after experiencing a housing crisis or homelessness. Our vision is that Vermonters, especially vulnerable populations, live in safe and affordable housing.  The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) has always valued consultation from community providers in determining priorities and development performance measures for the Emergency Solutions Grant program. The Office of Economic Opportunity is seeking input from all stakeholders within both Vermont Continuum of Cares regarding: • Allocation of Funding – priorities for funding (within activities eligible under ESG), including justification for these priorities.  • Performance Standards Please respond to the online survey by March 6th, 2013. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XTCP9FF OEO recognizes there may be differences between state goals and local needs, and that communities meet different priorities with different resources. They also recognize that there are different perspectives in the approach to ending homelessness. The Emergency Solutions Grant program occurs within the national context (http://www.usich.gov/opening_doors/) and state context (http://humanservices.vermont.gov/boards-committees/vermont-council-on-homelessness/vermont-council-on-homelessness-plan-to-end-homelessness/view) to support work at the local level. For information about the 2012 ESG Program: http://dcf.vermont.gov/sites/dcf/files/pdf/oeo/ESG_Final_Report.pdf Please be in touch via email or phone with your questions, comments or thoughts. Contact: Paul Dragon paul.dragon@state.vt.us (802) 871-3398 Sarah Phillips sarah.phillips@state.vt.us (802) 769-6405

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