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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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 ...

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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 ...

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