February 19th: 16th Annual Homelessness Marathon Taking Place in Brattleboro

The 16th Annual Homelessness Marathon will be taking place on Wednesday, February 19.  The Marathon has previously been broadcast from places such as Detroit, Kansas City, and Mississippi, and this year will be live from Brattleboro, Vermont.

The Homelessness Marathon’s mission is to raise consciousness about homelessness and poverty in America and around the world. More fromhomelessnessmarathon.org:

The broadcast also takes calls, so people living in their homes can talk with people living on the streets.  It will originate from in front of the First Baptist Church of Brattleboro, at 190 Main St. The First Baptist Church provides the space for Brattleboro’s overflow shelter, operated by theBrattleboro Drop-In Center.  A few years ago, the church sold its prize possession – a Tiffany stained glass window – so that it could continue its mission, including its service to the poor.

The 16th Annual Homelessness Marathon will start at 7 p.m., EST. Wednesday, February 19th and will run for six hours until 1:00 a.m. Its audio signal will be available for free to all radio stations over the Public Radio Satellite System, the Pacifica Ku-band and Pacifica’s Audioport. Live video of the broadcast will be carried by Free Speech Television (FSTV), starting at 8:00 p.m., EST on Feb. 19th. FSTV has channel 9415 on the Dish Network and channel 348 on DirecTV as well as a webcast.

The broadcast is being hosted in Brattleboro by community radio WVEW-LP, 107.7 FM

For more information, contact Jeremy Alderson at 607-546-2084.

ICYMI: Leahy Editorial Spotlights Perils Facing Vermont’s Homeless Children

In case you missed it, earlier in the month Senator Patrick Leahy wrote an editorial highlighting the perils facing Vermont’s homeless children and some of the efforts being done to curb the problem.  From the Burlington Free Press:

The frigid New Year weather that has gripped Vermont and much of the nation is a challenge to each of us in our everyday lives. At times like these we can begin to imagine the day by day, life-or-death perils facing the homeless children and adults in our communities.

We think of those young Vermonters among us who may not have families to go home to, or warm places to escape the bitter cold. It is a sad reality that here in Vermont and in urban and rural communities across the country, rates of homelessness are on the rise. We must redouble our commitment and our efforts to helping those less fortunate than we are, including support for the most vulnerable among us, homeless children.

We can be proud of all that Vermonters do to help all of our children, including the great work of the Vermont Coalition of Runaway & Homeless Youth Programs (VCRHYP), which has been serving homeless young people for the last 32 years. In 2012 alone, 825 youths in Vermont were able to find shelter, totaling 25,024 nights. I am thankful that we have such talented and dedicated professionals here in Vermont providing these vital services.

Read the full article online here or in PDF format.

Friday, January 24: Final Point-In-Time Webinar Training

The final scheduled webinar for individuals to become trained and ready for this year’s Point-In-Time (PIT) Count will take place tomorrow.  The actual count will take place in one week on January 28-29.

The training tomorrow will take place from 10am to 11am.

Here are the directions to participate in Friday’s training:

1.  A few minutes before 10am, please join the meeting by clicking here: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/join/145683887

2.  Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP).  Or, call in using your telephone (recommended).

United States: +1 (626) 521-0017
United States (toll-free): 1 877 309 2070

Access Code: 145-683-887
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting

Meeting ID: 145-683-887

Review the Point-In-Time Survey Form.
Check out the 2014 Point-In-Time User Guide.
Review the slides of the presentation here.

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.