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Hello Community Partners,

The Agency of Human Services Americorps volunteers would like to express our excitement in launching the 2017 AHS Homelessness Programs Improvement Project.  We would like to emphasize the following points:

  • We will be collecting forms from now until the end of February. These forms should be filled out with individuals who are both literally homeless by the HUD definition and precariously housed by the AHS definition (i.e., couch surfing).
  • While partners are encouraged to begin obtaining these surveys in conjunction with the PIT count, they are not required to do so.
  • The Americorps VISTAs will be attending local Continuum of Care and Housing Review Team meetings to answer any questions and collect any completed surveys over the coming weeks.  Please note that all surveys should be filled out and turned in, in hard-copy form to the Americorps VISTA serving your Continuum of Care.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us.  We look forward to collaborating with you in the future.

Best,

Alexa Collesides, Americorps VISTA (Chittenden, Franklin, and Grand Isle Counties)

Brandyn Arnold, Americorps VISTA (Windham, Windsor, and Orange Counties)

Theresa Kehne, Americorps VISTA (Lamoille, Washington, Orleans, and Caledonia Counties)

Andrea Hurley, Americorps VISTA (Bennington, Rutland, and Addison Counties)

 

Brattleboro’s Lamplighter Inn May Get New Life As Supportive Housing

From VPR: A housing group in Brattleboro wants to purchase a motel and build a supportive housing development with 22 new apartments. Eleven of those units would be devoted to long-term housing for homeless individuals.

The Lamplighter Inn sticks out like a battered sore thumb among the newer chain motels that have opened up along this commercial strip in Brattleboro. The 60-year-old motel has seen better days.

But Connie Snow, executive director of the Windham & Windsor Housing Trust, sees a future for the Lamplighter.

“The plan is to create 22 micro-apartments,” Snow said. “Each one will have a kitchen and bath. We will build a community building … and then offices for supportive services.”

Click here to listen to the story from VPR.