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Few people have made their way to state’s last-minute temporary shelters
03-19-2024 4:26 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

Last week, Gov. Phil Scott’s administration scrambled to set up four mass shelters within a matter of days, anticipating hundreds of people would lose their eligibility for state-subsidized rooms through Vermont’s motel housing program on Friday. Yet...

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Vermont service providers brace for loss of money to keep people housed
06-14-2024 8:56 AM

By CARLY BERLIN

Four years ago, Igor Motriak hurt his back while working a construction job. The injury put him out of work, and the loss of income put his housing on the line. The 42-year-old immigrated to the Vermont from Ukraine in 2016, and because he lacked a...


Lawmakers look to limit drawn-out legal battles over new housing developments
01-29-2024 9:15 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

Nearly two years ago, the town of Putney, Vt., approved a new affordable housing development on Alice Holway Drive. The project would bring 25 energy-efficient apartments to an area the town had earmarked for growth, and was designed to preserve some...


Key House panel advances plan to extend motel program through June
01-26-2024 3:16 AM

By CARLY BERLIN

A key House panel has voted to give a temporary reprieve to hundreds of Vermonters sheltered in motels and hotels who are set to lose their state-sponsored rooms this spring.On Monday afternoon, the House Committee on Appropriations advanced a...


Facing room shortage, Vermont is turning away people seeking shelter in motels during winter weather
01-19-2024 5:55 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

When temperatures plummet across Vermont, and traditional shelters are full, the state eases eligibility requirements for its motel housing program to get unhoused Vermonters out of the cold and into a room. But this winter, many motels participating...


Lawmakers consider requiring home sellers and landlords to disclose flood risks
01-17-2024 3:26 PM

By CARLY BERLIN

After Barre City suffered extreme damage from the July 2023 floods, constituents began to approach Rep. Jonathan Williams, D-Barre City, saying they had no idea they lived in a home at risk of flooding.“That happened day after day, day after day,”...

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