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Update on General Assistance Emergency Housing – Fiscal Year 2018 Budget

Dear Coalition Members & Friends,

We were thrilled to hear from DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz this morning the good news that General Assistance Emergency Housing alternatives will be fully funded past September 30.  Further, Commissioner Schatz has indicated that he is able to do this without implementing GA policy changes this fiscal year.  For those who did not receive it, click here to read the memo. It is also posted below.

Thanks for this decision go to Commissioner Schatz and his Housing Team at the Department for Children and Families, its Economic Services Division, and the Office of Economic Opportunity, as well as to Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille and his staff for their support.  We are also deeply thankful to the lawmakers who voiced their concerns about the possible loss of this funding beyond September, as well as Coalition members and friends for their advocacy.  Especially appreciated has been Commissioner Schatz’ commitment to transparency, openness and collaboration during a time of great anxiety for those organizations and individuals directly and indirectly affected.

We look forward to continuing to work together on reducing — and hopefully one day ending — homelessness in Vermont.

2017 VCEH Local CoC Assessment Report


I am pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Local CoC Assessment Report, a year-long project that comes as a result of meetings with each Local CoC. This report details certain best practices that are happening across the Balance of State, local perspectives on the VCEH, common areas for improvement, and an explanation of some of the things that the VCEH is doing to address key issues that are covered in the report. I’d like to thank each local CoC for their cooperation and willing participation in this project, and I hope that the results will prove useful in allowing the VCEH to address local areas of need. You can find the full report and the presentation that I will be giving at next month’s VCEH meeting below.


Luke Dodge

Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Americorps VISTA
Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness
Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition

HOP Funding Updates

Hello current HOP Grantees and potential applicants!

I have some further resources for you in the preparation of your application.

They are all saved here:

Under “Application Materials”:

  1. A slightly revised Notice of Funding and Application document with the following corrections

Changes: (These are also saved separately also, for your convenience.)

  1. Updated Appendix C (pg. 29) with recently-released HUD FFY 2017 30% Median Family Income by County (extremely low income)
  2. Revised Appendix E (pg. 31) to reflect that Homelessness Prevention Services no longer have an income eligibility requirement. Homelessness Prevention financial and rental assistance activities still require annual income to be below 30% AMI.

Also saved at the above link under “Helpful Information”:

  1. A Frequently Asked Questions document with important clarifications about the application process – please review carefully.
  2. An updated report on General Assistance Community Investments funded through the HOP program in FY 2017, to reflect current funding and status.
  3. General Assistance reports for Singles and for Families on year-to-date (July 16-March 17) motel utilization by AHS District, including number of households, demographics, and number of nights provided.
  4. A link to the recorded webinar about the HOP Notice of Funding held on 4/14/17.

Thanks so much for your attention to all of this and I look forward to reviewing your applications. Please let me know if you have any questions. 241-0930.

Emily Higgins