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GA Emergency Housing Working Group


Our goal is to reach agreement on a plan to transition from expanded emergency housing to a sustainable emergency housing program by the end of fiscal year 2022.

Workgroup Members

  • AHS Secretary Mike Smith - Group Leader
  • AHS Deputy Secretary - Jenney Samuelson
  • AHS - Andrea DeLaBruere
  • Committee on Temporary Shelter - Rita Markley
  • BROC Community Action- Tom Donahue
  • Champlain Housing Trust - Margaret Bozik
  • Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity - Paul Dragon
  • DCF Business Office - Sarah Truckle
  • DCF Economic Services Division - Trish Tyo
  • DCF Office of Economic Opportunity - Sarah Phillips
  • Department of Housing and Community Development - Josh Hanford
  • Department of Housing and Community Development - Shaun Gilpin
  • Groundworks Collaborative - Josh Davis
  • Upper Valley Haven - Michael Redmond
  • Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness - Kara Casey
  • Vermont Legal Aid - Jessica Radbord
  • Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence - Kara Casey

The group will have administrative, technical, and legal assistance from the Department for Children and Families.


The Transition Plan

The group will develop a transition plan that includes:

  1. A strategy for using federal funds.
  2. Policy changes required to the GA Housing Plan and a budget and timeline for implementation.
  3. Consideration of the capacity of organizations and communities to implement.
  4. Proposals for addressing identified constraints.
  5. Consideration of prioritizing vulnerable populations, including those facing catastrophic situations.

On or before April 30, 2021, the DCF Commissioner will submit an interim report on the development of the working group’s transition plan to the House Committees on Appropriations and Human Services and the Senate Committees on Appropriations and on Health and Welfare.


Recordings of Meetings


Client Data


Client Survey

The working group would like to include the voice of the people we serve in our work. We urge all people currently staying in a motel/hotel with a GA voucher to complete our survey. The more people that complete it, the better.

Contact Us

Sarah Phillips, Director
Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT - 05671-1050
Phone: (802) 241-0935

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