My Champlain Valley: Barre Shelter Looks to Extend Hours as Winter Rolls In

BARRE, VT A homeless shelter in Barre is turning people away all because of an old law. With winter rolling in, the Good Samaritan Haven wants to change it as soon as possible. Finding a place to warm up in the Granite City for a few hours is hard enough, let alone all all day. "It's scary not knowing where you're going to go at 7 in the morning. A lot of places aren't even open," says Dustin Kennett. The Good Samaritan Haven is only legally open to house people overnight, or between 6:30 PM and 7 in the morning. That meant for a few months last year Dustin ...

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Vermont continues to invest in homeless emergency housing

Vermont is continuing to make investments to expand emergency community housing for the homeless to reduce its reliance on more expensive motel rooms. This year, Vermont has spent $1.5 million supporting the addition of 101 emergency shelter beds, 18 shelter rooms for homeless families, and 17 short-term stay apartments for families and for other programs. Some of the apartments and rooms were new projects last year that the state is continuing to fund. That’s on top of $700,000 spent last year on expanding capacity.

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Macklemore – City Don’t Sleep (ft. Don-P)


Patrick Leahy: Housing is not a political issue, it’s a moral issue

Last week President Obama’s chief housing officer, Secretary Julián Castro of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, accepted my invitation to visit Vermont. In his first visit to the Green Mountain State since he took office in 2014, he remarked how surprised he was “to see so much green.” In fact our uniquely rural nature is why I had invited him to our state and why I had gathered a panel of Vermont’s housing partners and homelessness advocates to discuss the array of successes and challenges of achieving affordable housing in our state and rural America. Vermont is a state where affordable housing is not a slogan, but a real priority.

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Using Shelter Strategically to End Homelessness

[United States Interagency on Homelessness: by Katy Miller, Regional Coordinator 04/01/2016] It is clear there are significant geographic differences in the progress toward ending homelessness that we’re seeing in communities. While some communities are documenting significant reductions in their annual Point-in-Time counts, other communities are faced with increasing numbers of people living unsheltered. Such communities are not only looking critically at strategies to address the immediate health and safety concerns of those living outside, but are also working quickly ...

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Rusty Dewees: The Logger and Friends! Comedy and Music Benefit for Good Samaritan Haven

[BARRE, VT – October 5, 2016] Rusty Dewees: The Logger! will perform a benefit show for Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter on Saturday, October 1st at the Barre Elks Club. Enjoy a fun-filled night of comedy and music, while helping end homelessness in Central Vermont. Doors open at 7:00PM and the show begins at 7:30. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at Next Chapter Books, Hunger Mountain Coop, Espresso Bueno, or at the door. Rusty Dewees is one of the region’s most well known entertainers. He will be joined by Emmy winner, Peter Wilder on guitar; IN-Caho...

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Good Samaritan Haven Receives $50,000 Grant from the Walmart Foundation

For Immediate Release: Barre, VT (Aug. 10, 2016) Good Samaritan Haven is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation. The funds will support the organization’s Emergency Shelter and Basic Needs programs by increasing capacity to provide charitable meals and store perishable food. Good Samaritan Haven is Central Vermont’s only homeless shelter, providing short-term emergency shelter and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness. Good Samaritan Haven operates an Emergency Shelter program with ...

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UVM Medical Center: Housing is Health Care

At the University of Vermont Medical Center, it has always been an important part of our mission as a nonprofit hospital to use our resources to benefit our community. But today, doing the right thing also happens to be an increasingly smart investment, as the health care system moves away from a model that pays hospitals and physicians for the number of procedures they perform to a model that rewards keeping people as healthy as possible. Over the past two years, we have invested in two housing-focused programs with our community partners. This investment is ...

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Vermont Housing and Conservation Board Day of Service at the Shelter

The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board hosted its annual VHCB AmeriCorps Community Service Day on June 22, 2016. To recognize community service and National NeighborWorks week, more than 50 volunteers, including 25 Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) AmeriCorps members, came together to revitalize and restore neighborhood properties and nearby recreational areas. VHCB staff and AmeriCorps members had volunteer crews at several sites including Good Samaritan Haven, the Vermont Foodbank, the Cross Vermont Trail Association, Heaton Woods, and Central ...

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National Life Foundation Donates $7500 to Good Samaritan Haven’s Emergency Shelter Program

Good Samaritan Haven would like to extend a HUGE thank you to the National Life Foundation for its recent $7500 donation to our Emergency Shelter Program. This funding is essential to allow the organization to continue to provide shelter for individuals experiencing homelessness in Central Vermont.

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