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Upper Valley winter shelters kept dozens warm and dry
04-23-2024 8:00 PM


LEBANON — Organizers of two new emergency shelters, which kept dozens of Upper Valley residents off the streets this winter, are reflecting on the season and sorting out how to continue the service.Earlier this month, Lebanon’s emergency shelter for...

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Upper Valley communities say Supreme Court ruling won’t change approach to homelessness
07-12-2024 6:01 PM


HARTFORD — A recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing communities to arrest and fine people for sleeping outside in public spaces has drawn the ire of Upper Valley social services providers and skepticism from local law enforcement and municipal...

Jim Kenyon: Measuring the problem of homelessness in Lebanon
01-26-2024 10:00 PM


They trudged across fields blanketed with fresh snow to check out abandoned buildings. Under a cold drizzle, they stepped cautiously through parking lots coated with black ice in search of occupied vehicles. As day turned into night and winds picked...

Lebanon pushes back opening of emergency shelter
01-10-2024 8:01 AM

LEBANON — Due to construction delays, the opening of the city’s emergency shelter has been pushed back a couple of weeks. Director of Human Services Lynne Goodwin said the winter shelter at 160 Mechanic Street will open the week of Jan. 22. The...

Hartford to review low-barrier homeless shelter proposal
10-30-2023 8:50 AM


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hartford Planning Commission will consider a site plan application next month from Upper Valley Haven, which seeks to convert the former “25,000 Gifts” building on North Main Street into a 20-bed homeless shelter. Upper...

Plans for Mechanic Street shelter in Lebanon taking shape
09-12-2023 5:18 PM


LEBANON — Over 40 city residents attended a community meeting on Monday to voice their questions, concerns or support for a proposed seasonal emergency shelter for unhoused individuals. Opponents who raised objections focused on public safety and...

Jim Kenyon: Playing catch-up
07-02-2023 6:40 PM


With the first half of 2023 in the books, it’s time to catch up on what’s happening with some Upper Valley residents whose stories I’ve shared in the past.After two surgeries and a monthlong hospital stay, Daniel Diaz is back making pizzas and riding...

Hartford to consider shutdown of Wilder Park and Ride following complaints
05-19-2023 4:28 PM


WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Selectboard will decide this month whether to close the Wilder park-and-ride commuter lot due to ongoing complaints from neighbors about illegal or nuisance activities.At Tuesday’s Selectboard meeting, acting Town Manager...

Jim Kenyon: Victim in Hartford fire still recovering months later
05-01-2023 10:45 AM


The day after Keith Gokey was hospitalized in December with third-degree burns over 40% of his body, a Hartford police officer wrote in her investigative report that it was believed “due to the extent of his injuries, he will not survive.” Four and a...

Jim Kenyon: Digging his way up
04-16-2023 6:15 AM


On paper, Ben Goodwin doesn’t seem like a safe bet as a new employee. He’s been in and out of jail since he was a teenager. Until about four years ago, he was losing the battle of substance use.And as I wrote in a recent column, Goodwin is also...

Jim Kenyon: Moving day for Lebanon’s homeless
04-02-2023 2:54 PM


Ben Goodwin found the one-page letter — in essence an eviction notice — under the door of his room early last week. He had until Sunday morning to “exit,” the letter stated.The Quality Inn on Route 120 in Lebanon has been Goodwin’s home for nearly...

Jim Kenyon: Not a lot of simple answers to homelessness 
03-26-2023 1:32 AM


Almost a year ago, David backed his 30-year-old travel trailer into the corner of a large vacant lot behind a fast-food restaurant on Route 12A in West Lebanon.He’s lived there ever since.Compared to other homeless people living in the Upper Valley,...

As Hartford breaks up encampments, homeless people have nowhere to go
10-23-2021 9:39 PM


Just about a year ago, Keith Gokey moved into a new home in Hartford. It wasn’t much. A 6-by-10-foot cabin with walls made of water-resistant foam sheets and a wood floor raised slightly off the ground to help ward off the elements. A small propane...

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