Housing

COTS hosted its Annual Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 27, at the First Congregational Church of Burlington. The event is an opportunity to honor the extraordinary contributions by volunteers, community partners and local businesses that support COTS work to end homelessness. The recipients were chosen for their outstanding service and commitment to assist and advocate for our neighbors struggling with homelessness or those who are marginally housed….

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Gov. Phil Scott was recognized for his work proposing, advocating, and supporting the $35 million housing bond included in this year’s state budget. This initiative will result in 550-650 new units of housing over the next two three years, creating rental opportunities and homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income Vermonters. The bond addresses the significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, and will help alleviate homelessness and create workforce housing….

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BURLINGTON – COTS and Housing Vermont were joined by Congressman Peter Welch, Governor Phil Scott and Mayor Miro Weinberger to mark the re-opening of the COTS building at 95 North Avenue following extensive renovations. COTS and Housing Vermont partnered on the capital project to rebuild a permanent home for the COTS Daystation, the nonprofit’s daytime center for homeless adults to connect with services; create 14 affordable apartments; and renovate COTS’…

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  Rita Markley, COTS executive director, gave the following speech on April 3, 2017, at the ribbon-cutting event that celebrated the completion of the 95 North Avenue renovation. This project has never been just about a building, but about what happens within it. We are bringing together in one location four vital resources for struggling Vermonters: new affordable housing units on the second floor, case management services, our Housing Resource…

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BURLINGTON – The 28th Annual COTS Walk kicks off Sunday, May 7, with thousands of origami butterflies to celebrate the new beginnings made possible through your support of COTS as we work together to end homelessness: Inspire hope. Empower transformation. Guests at the COTS Daystation, children staying in COTS family shelter, students, volunteers, supporters, and staff are busy folding butterflies – and the COTS’ offices are beginning to overflow with…

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We recently asked our staff to share some of the stories of the people they work with every day — parents, children, and individuals facing the crisis of homelessness in our community. These stories are the reasons we will walk at at the COTS Walk on May 1st. Please join us: Register today. … For the single mom who called crying … She had good news to share on housing and…

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BURLINGTON – Gov. Peter Shumlin and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger joined COTS and Housing Vermont on Tuesday, March 29, 2016, to kick off the redevelopment of the COTS building at 95 North Avenue.  When completed in early 2017, the new facility will offer 14 affordable apartments and a new permanent home for the COTS’ Daystation program, while also enabling COTS to make its program space for family services and homelessness prevention more accessible…

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On a blustery January day in 2010, COTS’ Canal Street Veterans Housing officially opened. In the five years since, this two-year transitional housing program for formerly homeless veterans and their families is among COTS’ most successful programs. The U.S. Veterans Administration recently conducted its annual review of Canal Street, where our program exceeded all performance measures for the previous year. Among the 2015 outcomes worth celebrating: 87% of residents who…

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COTS recently completed a weatherization project at the Main Street Family Shelter. The project’s goals: to make the shelter more comfortable and livable for its guests, and to lower COTS’ annual energy expenses. The partnership and generous support of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) Champlain Valley Weatherization, Commons Energy, and Consumer Construction made this project possible. We are very grateful! The project began with a thorough energy audit,…

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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…

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