Governor’s plan to end family homelessness by 2020

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Plan to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020

Gov. Peter Shumlin announced plan to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020.

With more than 1,500 Vermonters without housing on any given night and families with children now making up half of all people in emergency shelters, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen made an announcement at COTS regarding a statewide strategy for ending child and family homelessness in Vermont by 2020. The governor and secretary made the announcement while celebrating a grant of more than a half-million dollars to support the development of the new 95 North Ave, which will be used in part to rehabilitate and increase the number affordable housing units in Chittenden County, helping to relieve a shortage that affects all of those who face homelessness.

The three-part plan includes adoption of the “Family Connection” framework developed by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; greater coordination of rental subsidies with services for people experiencing homelessness; and a host of measures designed to increase the number of apartments affordable to Vermonters with extremely low incomes.

The administration’s initiative emphasizes close collaboration between programs operated by the Agency of Human Services, federal programs providing housing and shelter assistance, and local organizations – collectively termed the “Continuum of Care” – who provide shelter, housing and services to Vermonters who are homeless and at-risk.

COTS is so proud to have the support of the community. As we look forward to beginning construction on our new home for the Daystation and creating affordable housing, we are hopeful that family homelessness in Vermont will become a thing of the past.

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