Seasonal Overflow Shelter

Our Seasonal Overflow Shelter helps Washington County meet the increased need for shelter during the winter months.

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Good Samaritan Haven’s Seasonal Overflow Shelter Program operates from November to April. The Overflow Shelter is located at Hedding United Methodist Church and has fourteen beds for adult males. Case management, dinner, laundry and shower services are offered to guests in the program. The Overflow Shelter has been essential to help meet the increased need for emergency shelter during the winter months.

Our Seasonal Overflow Shelter is a state-funded, community based alternative to address homelessness in Washington County.

The Overflow Shelter is funded by the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity’s Housing Opportunity Porgram Grant (HOP). It is an innovative “community-based alternative” to General Assistance motel vouchers. Reliance on motels as emergency housing is extremely costly for the state –  Vermont spent $4.3 million in FY15 on GA motel vouchers. More importantly, while motels provide a temporary roof overhead, they are not good public policy for reducing homelessness.

The Seasonal Overflow Shelter operates from November – April each year.