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Nov 5, 2016 5:58 PM

Vermont continues to invest in homeless emergency housing

The Associated Press

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is continuing to make investments to expand emergency community housing for the homeless to reduce its reliance on more expensive motel rooms.

This year, Vermont has spent $1.5 million supporting the addition of 101 emergency shelter beds, 18 shelter rooms for homeless families and 17 short-term stay apartments for families and other programs. Some of the apartments and rooms were new projects last year that the state is continuing to fund.

Officials say in community-based shelters, people can connect with support and services rather than be isolated in motel rooms.

In neighboring New Hampshire, the director of the New Hampshire Coalition to End Homelessness said shelters like New Horizons, in Manchester, the largest one helping single people, have done a good job meeting demand but the need from homeless families isn't going away.

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