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August 15, 2011

Lakeview Group Home Residents Move into New Home

IMG_2730 Today was moving day for 16 residents of a group home formerly located in a single-family home at the former diocesan property on North Avenue.

Their new home is on St. Paul Street, in a newly renovated building next to Smalley Park. The building is owned by Champlain Housing Trust and has been under extensive renovations this summer.

Earlier this year, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Burlington asked a Vermont judge to expedite its eviction process in hopes of getting the residents moved out of the North Avenue home by June.

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June 07, 2011

2011 Count Shows Fewer Homeless in VT — But Some Question the Numbers

DSC09735 As housing advocates converge on Montpelier today for the Governor's Summit on Housing for the Homeless, newly released data offer a ray of hope for Vermont's vexing homelessness problem.

The 2011 Point in Time Homeless Survey, a 24-hour count of the homeless conducted every January, shows that Vermont's homeless population on that day dropped 12 percent as compared to the January 2010 count — from 2782 individuals to 2450.

The count was conducted on January 26, 2011, but delays in getting Chittenden County totals stalled the report's release until last week. (To download the report, sans Chittenden Co. data, click here.)

In Chittenden County, the number of homeless and precariously housed individuals — people who are couch surfing, bunking with relatives or sleeping in garages and basements — fell from a record high of 907 last year to 707 this year. The number of homeless children age 18 and under also decreased in the count, from 256 in 2010 to 182 in 2011.

Rita Markley (pictured), executive director of Burlington-based emergency shelter provider COTS, sees an unmistakable trend — one she attributes to the modest economic recovery and money pumped into homeless prevention programs over the last few years.

Others, like Burlington Housing Authority executive director Paul Dettman, see "spin" and numbers that "don't pass the straight-face test."

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June 06, 2011

Faith Coalition: UVM Can Deliver a College Degree in Four Years But No Affordable Housing

0010 As if University of Vermont's outgoing president, Dan Fogel, doesn't have enough on his plate to give him indigestion: On Monday night, members of the 11 religious congregations represented by Vermont Interfaith Action will call out the UVM prez for his failure to deliver on a promise made four years ago to build more affordable housing in Burlington.

And rest assured, those VIA members, more than 3000 strong, will be anything but quiet as church mice.

As Seven Days reported back in June 2006, a broad cross-section of Vermonters in Chittenden County, including seniors, the disabled, low- and moderate-income families and people transitioning back to the community from prison, have a very difficult time finding affordable housing in Burlington. And each fall, that problem is only exacerbated by the Queen City's enormous influx of UVM students.

Housing advocates consider a home "affordable" if its residents spend no more than 30 percent of their household income on the rent or mortgage. By that standard, roughly half of all Burlington residents live beyond their housing means.

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