The Bridge: Homelessness Takes Center Stage

Homelessness is a persistent and largely hidden problem in Montpelier and Washington County as a whole. This was evident during a meeting held on May 16 at Christ Church hosted by the City of Montpelier Housing Task Force and the Good Samaritan Haven of Barre. The goals of the meeting, billed as a “Community Conversation,” were to frame the problem, describe individual experiences with homelessness, outline efforts currently underway to assist homeless persons and brainstorm ways to address the ongoing challenges.

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An open door, a roof above, safe homes for all, in the power of love. - Vermont Interfaith Action Prayer

Rock City – Rock and Soul Benefit Concert – A Huge Success

A huge thank you to everyone who turned out to support the Good Samaritan Haven at the Rock City concert last night! Nearly 200 people were in attendance at the event, which took place at the Barre Elks Club. We especially appreciate all the fantastic performers who kept the crowd rocking, as well ...

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Times Argus: Event highlights push to end homelessness by 2020

By Eric Blaisdell April 28,2016 MONTPELIER — Members from local churches filled the Christ Episcopal Church in Montpelier met Tuesday night to talk about ending homelessness in Washington County by 2020. The event was put on by Vermont Interfaith Action, a nonprofit coalition working toward social justice and compassion. People who have experienced homelessness talked about their experience.Sarah Shettleroe choked back tears describing a situation that left herself and her two daughters without a home in January. Shettleroe said she has a college degree ...

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Gov. Shumlin Highlights Success in Reducing Homelessness and Re-Confirms Commitment to Ending Family Homelessness by 2020

SOUTH BURLINGTON – April 20, 2016 – A year after establishing a commitment to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020, Gov. Peter Shumlin today announced a 28 percent decline in homelessness in the last year and issued a new Executive Order to increase access to affordable housing. The Order calls for owners of housing that receive state funds to make available at least 15 percent of their portfolio of housing units to Vermonters experiencing homelessness. By aligning supportive services, rental subsidies, and state investments in affordable housing, the State and ...

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Times Argus: Homeless shelter gets a garden

BARRE — Things are going to be a bit greener at central Vermont’s only homeless shelter. Members of Daisy Scout Troop 30048 took advantage of the warm spring weather Saturday to plant herbs and vegetables at the Good Samaritan Haven, a project that is both part of a larger statewide initiative and a great way for the girls to learn about the importance of public service. “I love that the kids get to be a part of the community as a whole, instead of just focusing on themselves,” said Susan Vanderhoof, of Barre, as her 6-year-old daughter, Cayleigh Vander...

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Vermont’s Annual Point In Time Count of Homelessness Shows Improvement

The Vermont Statewide Point-in-Time (PIT) Count is an unduplicated count of persons experiencing homelessness in both unsheltered and sheltered (in a homeless program) places on a single night. The PIT Count allows local communities and state policy makers to understand current problems of homelessness, target limited funding to appropriate housing and services, and track progress. As stipulated in the HEARTH/McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, the PIT Count also allows us to secure funding from HUD Continuum of Care & Emergency Solutions Programs, HHS Runaway ...

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Guest Interviews at Good Samaritan Haven

Interviews with former guests in Good Samaritan Haven homeless shelter in Barre, VT.  

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Grants Allow for Homeless Medical Exemptions in Barre

Fox 44 News; By Staci DaSilva | sdasilva@nexstar.tv Published 02/19 2015 05:46PM Grants Allow for Homeless Medical Exemptions in Barre: http://www.mychamplainvalley.com/news/vermont/grants-allow-for-homeless-medical-exemptions-in-barre Joan Amell completed drug rehab more than 3 months ago. "November 4th,” said Joan Amell. “I slept in the park that night. November 5th I came here." While recovering from opiate addiction, Joan has been staying at Good Samaritan Haven in Barre, but at the time, she couldn't stay there during the day. “When I came ...

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Can Homelessness be Solved?: John Maceri at TEDxUCLA

John Maceri talks about an issue that is lingering across the US that unfortunately fails to be addressed on a daily basis.

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