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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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.

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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. - Mahatma Gandhi

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 ...

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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.

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