January 9: Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil at the State House

Every year in January concerned citizens and homeless service providers from across Vermont gather at the State House in Montpelier for a day to engage their representatives  and to renew their commitment to end homelessness in our state.

On Thursday, January 9 the Annual Homelessness Memorial Vigil and Awareness Day will kick off early at 8:00am in the Card Room. Folks will be present there all day from 8 to 2:30pm to share information, connect with their representatives, see the work being done around the state, and to be a part of the conversation on which strategies are working in reducing homelessness and which ones still need work.

At Noon community members, elected officials, and advocates will take to the State House steps for a Vigil to remember our friends and neighbors who have died without homes, and to bring awareness of the struggles of those still searching for safe and secure housing.

At 9:30am 1:00pm [Update: New Time] be in the House Gallery to hear the House read a Resolution and recognize those experiencing homelessness and the work being done by homeless service providers and advocates.

Please print and distribute the updated flyer below.

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More information will soon be released.  VCEH is proud to be a co-sponsor, along with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, of the day’s activities.

For more information, please contact Linda Ryan by email or phone at 802.373.6505.

VCEH, AHS, VSHA Sign Memorandum of Agreement

A Memorandum of Agreement designed to strengthen our HUD Continuum of Care Homeless Assistance Application and to clarify roles and responsibilities within the Vermont Balance of State Continuum has been fully signed by all parties.

The agreement was signed by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (CoC Primary Decision-Making Group), Vermont Agency of Human Services (HMIS Lead); and the Vermont State Housing Authority (CoC Collaborative Applicant).

After much effort and several years of dialogue, collaboration, and drafting, the agreement will now come into being.  We thank all involved in the work to reach this agreement.

The next steps will be to formalize policies and procedures to detail topic-specific responsibilities and timelines and to discuss potential inclusion of non-CoC specific AHS grants and relationships.

Read the MOA online here.

CHALENG 2013 Survey Now Open to All Homeless, Formerly Homeless Veterans

The CHALENG 2013 survey is now open to all homeless and formerly homeless Veterans, VA and community partners on the CHALENG site: http://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/chaleng.asp.

In 1994, the VA launched Project CHALENG (Community Homelessness Assessment, Local Education and Networking Groups) for Veterans, a program designed to enhance the continuum of care for homeless Veterans provided by the local VA and its surrounding community service agencies. From the VA:

The guiding principle behind Project CHALENG is that no single agency can provide the full spectrum of services required to help homeless Veterans become productive members of society. Project CHALENG enhances coordinated services by bringing the VA together with community agencies and other federal, state, and local governments who provide services to the homeless to raise awareness of homeless Veterans’ needs and to plan to meet those needs.

This survey helps to provide feedback from Veterans and community partners on the services that are needed in the area. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and the feedback does help to better the coordination of services. Please take the survey today to provide the much needed feedback to better serve Veterans in our community.

The CHALENG 2013 survey can be taken 24/7 from now until January 31st, 2014.

The Veterans access to a computer for some could be challenging, possible solutions could include:

  • Libraries
  • Schools
  • Internet cafes
  • Drop in centers
  • Residence
  • Community partners
  • Computer resource labs
  • DOL One Stop Centers
  • Outreach Centers
  • Telephone/ipad

VA and Community partners would most likely have more access to computers and are encouraged to help aide those Veterans they are working with in the area.

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.