Gov. Shumlin Highlights Success in Reducing Homelessness and Re-confirms Commitment to End Family Homelessness By 2020

Yesterday, Governor Shumlin signed an Executive Order related to Publicly Funded Housing for the Homeless. Below is an excerpt from the official press release that discusses the Order and progress being made to end homelessness in Vermont:

A year after establishing a commitment to end family homelessness in Vermont by 2020, Governor Peter Shumlin today announced a 28 percent decline in homelessness in the last year and issued a new Executive Order to increase access to affordable housing. The Order calls for owners of housing that receive state funds to make available at least 15 percent of their portfolio of housing units to Vermonters experiencing homelessness. By aligning supportive services, rental subsidies, and state investments in affordable housing, the State and private partners are working to ensure a continued focus on assisting vulnerable Vermonters.

“Vermont is a special place, a place where we take care of each other and with this Executive Order we are solidifying, formalizing and building upon the good work that has been done,” said Gov. Shumlin. “This Executive Order is taking a smarter, more cost effective approach to ending Homelessness in Vermont.”

The announcement comes as evidence is growing that the state’s focus to end homelessness is paying off. The recently released Annual Point in Time Count (PIT) Report shows for a second year in a row that the number of homeless Vermonters has declined. The 2016 Report showed an impressive 28% decline in the total number of Vermonters experiencing homelessness compared to the 2015 count.

To continue reading the full press release, click here.

The Executive Order can be found here.

SAVE THE DATE – Vermont Collective Impact Conference – November 2-3, 2016

2016 Vermont Collective Impact Conference
Two-day conference: November 2-3, 2016
Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center, Stowe, Vermont

We are pleased to share the good news that the 2016 Vermont Collective Impact Conference will be held on November 2-3, 2016. This statewide, two-day conference will build on the momentum of the 2015 Collective Impact Conference and will provide opportunities for teams of stakeholders to learn and work together in furthering emerging or existing Collective Impact efforts. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend with existing partners; teams may include community leaders, business leaders, nonprofits, policy makers, government at all levels, funders, advocates and other stakeholders working together to achieve common priorities through Collective Impact.

Rooms will be available for conference participants at the Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center. Stay tuned for more details and registration information – and feel free to forward this news to anyone you know who may be interested in attending. Visit www.vermontcollectiveimpact.org for more information over the coming months.

Conference sponsorship opportunities are available; for more information contact Amy Carmola amy@unitedwaycc.org.

2015/2016 Membership Form and Other Updates

As a reminder, the VCEH 2015-16 membership form is now available. Membership in VCEH is open to any individual or organization interested in participating in this grassroots effort, and you can learn more about the VCEH at www.helpingtohousevt.org. Suggested organizational membership dues are based on the annual operating budget, or in the case of a multi-purpose organization, the housing program’s budget. Individual memberships are welcomed and encouraged!

To download the form, click here. Contact dawn butterfield at 802-477-5124or dbutterfield@capstonevt.org with questions regarding your membership.


Other information discussed at yesterday’s meeting:

2016 VAHC State Legislative Priorities with Updates

Point-in-Time Count Coverage: