OEO Awards Housing & Opportunity Grants 10 40 Non-Profits

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.

For the full summary of awards click here.

Webinar: Vermont CoCs Prepare for the NOFA, July 7th & 10th

Join us for a webinar on July 7th or July 10th.  Offered twice. Marcy Krumbine Esbjerg, CEDO, Chittenden CoC Collaborative Applicant and Daniel Blankenship, VSHA, Balance of State CoC Collaborative Applicant, will present information and answer questions on the expected CoC NOFA from HUD, including options for reallocating or retooling projects.

Register for July 07, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1209173986420414209
Register for July 10, 2015 at 2:00 PM EDT: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7933240644619459073

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. View System Requirements.

To view the FFY2015 VT BoS CoC Project Funding Guide click here. To view the FFY15 VT BoS CoC Funding Proposal Letter click here.

3rd Annual White River Junction VA Medical Center Community Mental Health Summit, July 29th

The 3rd annual White River Junction VA Medical Center Community Mental Health Summit will be taking place on July 29th from 11:30 am-3:30 pm at the White River Junction VA Medical Center in Bldg. 44, Room 103 (see map).

This year’s Summit will include three plenary sessions; 1) Panel Presentation on Community Resources Available to Support Family Members of Veterans and Service Members, 2) Discussion and Q+A on Ending Veterans Homelessness, and 3) a Review and Discussion of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (CHOICE Act). For a complete agenda click here.

Please email this form to Judy.Farrell@va.gov to register so that they can be sure to accommodate all who wish to attend. Please note that food will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring a bag lunch.