OEO Awards Housing & Opportunity Grants to 40 Non-Profits in Vermont

29 June 2015

The Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) — part of the Department for Children and Families (DCF) — announced today that more than $4.6 million in federal and state funding was awarded to 40 non-profits across Vermont through the Housing & Opportunity Grant Program.

These funds will be used to:

  • Provide emergency shelter and services;
  • Operate transitional housing;
  • Rapidly re-house homeless families and individuals into permanent housing; and
  • Prevent individuals and families from becoming homeless.

“There are many dedicated programs and talented individuals working in our communities to make sure everyone has a safe place to sleep and can find permanent housing,” said Agency of Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen. “The Agency of Human Services, Department for Children and Families, and Office of Economic Opportunity will continue working with our community partners to provide a seamless ‘continuum of care’ to Vermonters who are homeless or at risk of being homeless.”

In this year’s granting process, a new emphasis was placed on strategies that have had proven results in communities across the nation. Collectively, the grantees will provide:

  • Year-round and seasonal emergency shelter;
  • Services and safety for victims fleeing violence;
  • Financial and rental support for those experiencing a housing crisis;
  • Landlord-tenant mediation;
  • Tenant education and support; and
  • Transitional living programs for youth.

OEO works in close partnership with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden Homeless Alliance to ensure state and federal resources are targeted to have the strongest collective impact.  Last year’s grantees served more than 10,000 Vermonters in every area of the state.

“Many would agree that we need more housing in Vermont,” said DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz. “Our challenge is to provide a strong safety net, clear the pathway to housing, and connect individuals and families with the supports they need to keep their housing.  The Housing & Opportunity Grant Program provides our communities with resources to do just that.”

For more information about the work of the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity, go to http://dcf.vermont.gov/oeo.

Housing & Opportunity Grants Were Awarded To:

  • Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless, Bennington
  • BROC – Community Action in Southwestern Vermont, Rutland and Bennington
  • Capstone Community Action, Barre, Morrisville and Randolph
  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Burlington, St. Albans and Middlebury
  • Charter House Coalition, Middlebury
  • Circle, Barre
  • Clarina Howard Nichols Center, Morrisville
  • Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), Burlington
  • Dodge House for Veterans, Rutland
  • Fair Haven Concerned, Fair Haven
  • Friends of Veterans, White River Junction
  • Good Samaritan Haven, Barre
  • Greater Falls Warming Shelter, Bellows Falls
  • Groundworks Collaborative, Brattleboro
  • Homeless Prevention Center, Rutland
  • HOPE, Middlebury
  • John Graham Shelter, Vergennes
  • Northeast Kingdom Community Action, Newport and St. Johnsbury
  • Northeast Kingdom Youth Services, St. Johnsbury
  • Open Door Mission, Rutland
  • Our Place Drop In Center, Bellows Falls
  • Project Against Violent Encounters (PAVE), Bennington
  • ReSOURCE, Burlington
  • Rutland County Women's Network & Shelter, Rutland
  • Safe Harbor at Community Health Centers of Burlington
  • Safe Passage Shelter at Sexual Assault Crisis Team, Barre
  • Samaritan House, St. Albans
  • Southeastern Vermont Community Action, Brattleboro, White River Junction and Springfield
  • Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Burlington
  • Springfield Family Center, Springfield
  • Springfield Supported Housing, Springfield
  • Springfield Warming Shelter, Springfield
  • Umbrella, St. Johnsbury
  • Upper Valley Haven, White River Junction
  • Vermont Coalition of Runaway and Homeless Youth Programs, Statewide
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence, Statewide
  • Windsor County Youth Services, Ludlow
  • Women Helping Battered Women, Burlington
  • Women's Freedom Center, Brattleboro
  • Youth Services, Brattleboro

Released: June 29, 2015