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July 18, 2023

Efforts to address unsheltered homelessness continue in tandem with recovery response

Waterbury, Vt. – As Vermont focuses on recovering from this month’s storms, the Agency of Human Services and Department for Children and Families are moving their weekly housing updates to an online-only format to keep the public informed and report progress on these efforts.

Each week, DCF posts information about households in the General Assistance housing program on the department’s website:

The data will likely be augmented as more information is gathered about the impact of the storm. AHS is aware the storm has increased the number of Vermonters who are displaced. In tandem with the State Emergency Operations Center, the State will merge data to better understand and address the increased pressures the storm placed on both the unsheltered and the state’s housing stock.

There is substantial emergency shelter capacity available across the state. As of July 18, there are more than 1,000 total shelter beds at four emergency shelters, and fewer than 60 are occupied. The shelters at the Barre Auditorium, Rutland Senior High School, Northern Vermont University in Johnson, and Fox Run Golf Club in Ludlow, are open and available to everyone.