Homelessness

A federal judge ruled Friday afternoon that the city of Burlington can take down a homeless encampment.

The encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city this week. A judge ruled Friday to block the city from taking down another encampment on Monday.
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A federal judge Friday temporarily blocked the city of Burlington from taking down a homeless encampment.

The encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city. The city decided to take down the camp after reports of domestic violence and drug use.
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The city of Burlington took down a homeless encampment in the city's south end on Thursday, an action that was plan for last week but then delayed.  

The encampment on Sears Lane in Burlington was taken down by the city this week. A judge ruled Friday to block the city from taking down another encampment on Monday.
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This week the city of Burlington is planning to close a homeless encampment in the city's south end. We spoke to some members of the homeless community to get a sense of what they think of the decision.

The city of Burlington says it has the "authority and the need" to disband a homeless encampment in the city.

James Douglas is homeless and he says he panhandles around Brattleboro. Douglas says he has beeen collecting less money since the selectboard began a townwide dialogue on panhandling.
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A conversation in Brattleboro about panhandling has led to some tough debates over homelessness, mental illness, drug addiction, but there's still no consensus on what to do about people in the street asking for money.

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One year ago, two nonprofits and a county planning commission set out to add 3,500 new homes to Chittenden County’s housing stock within five years.

The cost of providing emergency housing for the homeless continues to go up, despite the state's attempt to move away from paying for people to stay in motels.

A fight in Burlington's City Hall Park led to a man being stabbed in the neck in August. We're talking about whether criminal penalties for repeated civil violations could stem this type of violence.
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Incidents of violence in downtown Burlington - including two recent stabbings - have led the police chief and others to call for criminal penalties for racking up too many civil violations, like public drunkenness. On Monday, the city council passed a resolution taking a step in that direction.

Critics say it's a step along the path to criminalizing poverty and homelessness. We're hearing the debate.

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Officials say a late-January snapshot of the homeless population in Chittenden County counted 291 homeless people, a 12 percent decrease since January 2016. Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger says that shows progress toward ending homelessness, but some advocates say the data don’t show the whole story.

The annual Point-in-Time Survey on Tuesday night will attempt to chronicle the number of homeless people in each county around the state.  

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A housing group in Brattleboro wants to purchase a motel and build a supportive housing development with 22 new apartments. Eleven of those units would be devoted to long-term housing for homeless individuals.

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Is it actually possible to end homelessness in Vermont? A new report prepared for the legislature looks at whether the state is on the right track in tackling the problem, and maps out what it would take to make homelessness a thing of the past.

The University of Vermont Medical Center is funding the purchase of a Burlington motel as a way to reduce health care costs.

The City of Lebanon, New Hampshire, has passed an ordinance that will ban overnight parking. Those caught violating the ban will be given 48 hours to vacate or face a $100 fine.

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A motel that provides shelter for the homeless can remain open after the Shelburne Development Review Board this week said the facility's zoning permit was valid.

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The number of homeless individuals and families in Vermont has been dropping steadily and the state has increased the amount of emergency housing for those in need.

But the flip side is that there is still a need for temporary and transitional shelter in Vermont. And the number of individuals and families needing shelter because of domestic violence has not dropped.

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Just three years ago, the state spent more than $4.5 million on emergency housing for the homeless. Since then, there's been a shift toward investing in warming shelters, and other programs in communities around the state.

Months after postponing the passage of an ordinance that some say criminalizes homeless, the city of Lebanon, New Hampshire is bringing the ordinance back up for consideration.

The city of Lebanon, New Hampshire is revising a proposed ordinance that would ban overnight parking in the city.

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