Dreams of Home: An Evening of Community Dialogue on the subject of Homelessness

Tomorrow, Thursday, October 25, the Brattleboro Retreat is sponsoring an event with Anna Luepnitz, PhD, who will be discussing her work with the homeless population in Philadelphia as well as Philadelphia’s highly successful program for the homeless called Project HOME. This will be followed by a panel discussion which will include advocates in Windham County who work with our own homeless population. This is also an opportunity to learn what volunteer opportunities exist in various organizations in the area.  Check out the details:

Visiting presenter Deborah Anna Luepnitz, Ph.D., will discuss her work with the homeless in Philadelphia by first sharing a video about Project HOME, considered to be a highly effective organization for ending homelessness in the United States. She will then discuss her own inspiration, an association of therapists who provide free counseling to the homeless.

Dr. Luepnitz will be joined in a panel discussion by Windham County leaders who advocate for the homeless. Panel members include: Knowles Wentworth, community outreach program coordinator for Healthcare & Rehabilitation Services; Pastor Lise Sparrow from the Guilford Church; Lucie Fortier, executive director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center; and Joshua Davis, executive director of Morningside Shelter.

The event will take from 5:30 pm—7:00 pm in the Brattleboro Retreat’s Education Conference Room.  Free and open to the public and no registration required.  Refreshments will be served!  We hope to see you there.

HUD Launches Affordable Care Act Resource Library Page

HUD has announced the launch of the Resource Library Page for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the OneCPD Resource Exchange. The webpage has been designed to help housing and homeless services providers, clients, and advocates easily access information about health reform as it relates to housing. The site includes:

  • General and state-specific information on the implementation of the ACA and Medicaid reform
  • An overview of ACA and Medicaid Reform
  • Specifics related to ACA and housing and homeless services
  • Links to important enrollment sites for clients
  • A searchable ACA Resource Library
  • Regularly updated state surveillance information

Provider agencies and advocates, including Continuum of Care (CoC), Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) funded agencies, should use the site to assist people to gain access to health insurance, learn about the impact of ACA, and develop agency-level strategies for client enrollment and accessing possible funding opportunities. The information is also intended to provide topical information for people who are homeless, living with HIV/AIDS, and uninsured.

If you have questions about the ACA Resource Library page, please email info@onecpd.info.

See alsoAffordable Care Act State and Territory Profiles

Warning a Vote: VCEH-AHS-VSHA Agreement

Earlier this week at VCEH’s monthly meeting the draft of the memorandum of agreement between the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness, the Agency of Human Services, and the Vermont State Housing Authority was discussed.

The only change to the original draft was approved by AHS (Angus Chaney) for inclusion under AHS duties “h” on page 5: “..ensure the HMIS is administered in compliance with requirements perscribed by HUD and other relevant federal law, including the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) 2013.”

By the next VCEH meeting, taking place on Tuesday, November 19 at the Vermont Tech Enterprise Center in Randolph, eligible voters of the coalition will vote on approving the agreement.

The draft of the agreement can be read online here.

Update: Minutes from the October meeting are now online.

The mission of the Coalition is to end homelessness in Vermont through sharing information, developing resources, providing a forum for decision-making and to promote decent, safe, fair, affordable shelter for all.