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Times Argus: State saving on motel vouchers

MONTPELIER — The state’s General Assistance and Emergency Housing Program has seen a reduction in costs so far in the current budget year, according to a report from the Department for Children and Families. Lawmakers requested the report in the annual mid-year budget adjustment bill to gauge the effectiveness of new community-based alternatives to the motel voucher system the state uses to house the homeless or others in emergency situations. According to the report, which goes through February, the state has spent $2,281,321 on emergency housing — a 15.7 percent decrease through the same time period from the 2015 fiscal year. The ...

Boston Globe: In Cambridge, a haven for the young homeless

By Dugan Arnett Globe Staff March 18, 2016 CAMBRIDGE — The guests began arriving after dark, shouldering frayed backpacks, lugging skateboards or guitars. Some arrived quietly, slipping through the side door of the First Parish church in Harvard Square. Others lingered in the chilly night air, pulling from cigarettes and making small talk. Eventually, however, they all made their way inside, down a flight of stairs, past a jovial and thorough security guard, and into a basement where the city’s unlikliest social experiment was playing out: a shelter designed for homeless millennials. The brainchild of a pair of recent Harvard graduates, ...

NY Times: Matthew Desmond’s ‘Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City’

Lamar, his sons and some other adolescent boys from their Milwaukee neighborhood are sitting around, playing cards and smoking blunts, when there is a loud and confident knock on the door, which could be “a landlord’s knock, or a sheriff’s.” Mercifully it is only Colin, a young white man from their church, who has come to read them passages from the Bible, most of which Lamar knows by heart. The subject wanders off to God and the Devil, with Lamar adding, “And Earth is hell.” “Well,” Colin corrects him, “not quite hell.” An awkward silence falls.

PATH Program

Good Samaritan Haven's PATH Program provides outreach and case management services to link clients to vital supports such as shelter, health care, mental health treatment, financial assistance...and ultimately stable housing. SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a core component of the PATH Program. SOAR increases access to Social Security disability benefits for people with behavioral health issues experiencing homelessness. It can be a challenge for people experiencing homelessness to gain access to Supplemental Social Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) benefits. For those individuals who ...

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You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Support Services & Basic Needs

Each evening, Good Samaritan Haven offers a nutritious, home-cooked meal provided by community members or churches. We also provide for basic needs, including laundry detergent and grooming supplies. The shelter offers support services to all guests including housing and employment assistance, case management and referral services, assistance obtaining mainstream benefits, financial support to lease or maintain a unit, and essential goods support. Support Services Within three days of intake, a Case Coordinator meets with each "guest" to assess the client's needs and to develop an individualized service plan. The Case Coordinator works ...

VPR – Report: Homelessness On The Rise In Vermont

By Taylor Dobbs • Nov 22, 2013 A new survey released today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said there were 25 percent more homeless Vermonters this year than in 2012. While the number of homeless people in Vermont went up from 1,160 to 1,454, the number of “unsheltered” homeless Vermonters (those who aren’t in emergency shelters or transitional housing) went down from 223 to 184. With decreased federal assistance – Department of Children and Families Commissioner Dave Yacavone said Vermont lost 774 Section 8 vouchers – state and local services have to do more to keep up. One of those services is the John ...

Barre Shelter Forced To Turn Away Homeless

For the first time ever, the Good Samaritan Haven grapples with the tough decision of turning away those in need. The shelter is the home for dozens of adults, many who were hit hard by the down economy.