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Homeless get two more weeks in motels

The Fairbanks Inn in St. Johnsbury is among the many Vermont hotels and motels converted into housing for the homeless. Under pressure from Vermont Legal Aid, the State of Vermont extended free housing for two weeks, starting today.

The State of Vermont will extend for two weeks its free hotel-motel housing of the homeless.

The deadline was set to expire today. But a Vermont Legal Aid suit claiming housing program beneficiaries hadn’t had enough time to find alternative housing resulted in the two-week extension.

“I am pleased that this morning the parties in Gray-Rand v. Vermont Agency of Human Services agreed to a Stipulated Temporary Order that will allow Vermonters enrolled in the General Assistance Emergency Housing Program an additional 14 days to gather documentation needed to demonstrate that they meet the new rule’s definition of “disability,” Brown said in a June 30 press statement. “This agreement, approved by the Court, provides recipients of this benefit the time needed to demonstrate eligibility under the new definition. Current beneficiaries who would prefer a monetary payment may still elect a $2,500 one-time payment.”

As for the lawsuit filed by Vermont Legal Aid, “the Agency of Human Services and Department of Children and Families will be responding to the underlying complaint in the coming weeks.”

I am pleased that this morning the parties in Gray-Rand v. Vermont Agency of Human Services agreed to a Stipulated Temporary Order that will allow Vermonters enrolled in the General Assistance Emergency Housing Program an additional 14 days to gather documentation needed to demonstrate that they meet the new rule’s definition of “disability.”

This agreement, approved by the Court, provides recipients of this benefit the time needed to demonstrate eligibility under the new definition. Current beneficiaries who would prefer a monetary payment may still elect a $2,500 one-time payment, Brown said.

The State has spent more than $70 million housing up to 300 homeless families/individuals per night during the pandemic. The program was deemed necessary because existing shelters could not meet the need due to social distancing requirements. The State’s transitional program is prepared to spend up to $8000 per person in rental assistance, phones, and other other services.

The Agency of Human Services and Department of Children and Families will be responding to the underlying complaint in the coming weeks.

Individuals looking for information about whether they qualify for the General Assistance Emergency Housing Program may contact the Department’s Benefits Services Division at 1-800-479-6151 or walk into local district offices located throughout the state.

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  1. What “alternative housing”? Oh yes, the encampments they can set-up with the “outdoor equipment” they’ll be given from the taxpayers’ hard-earned money.

    The extra 14 days is needed so as to not infiltrate the West African, Not American Independence of 4th of July, in Montpelier. Because the encampments would start to form as of today if not for the extension and they don’t want anything to impede on such a meaningful celebration to America’s Independence from British Rule.

    Also need more time to coordinate the busloads of illegal aliens coming in the cover of night (like they are in other states) to join the encampments, so another 14 days to finalize that too. Oh and don’t forget to coordinate with the drug dealers for the needed drugs and alcohol.

    Hope the residents and businesses of Montpelier have a lot of plywood, gates and fences to start boarding up their stores and homes. Oh wait, the price of lumber is sky high as well.

    Seems like all the puzzle pieces are fitting in nicely to create a third-world Vermont very soon.

    Take a look at this video from California, soon to come to Vermont.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-housing-the-homeless-is-failing-in-california-andy-bales_3881869.html

    Entitled: “Why Housing the Homeless is Failing in California”

  2. Oh, and wait for their Finale, guess who will be the “savior” to jump in and “save the day” for Vermont. You got it, The Government (yes, your own money is funding your own demise)! That’s how they want to takeover and rule over you. It’s the biggest scam playbook that goes all the way back to the beginning of Marxist Agenda. Create a chaos and then go in and “save the day”. The people will give up their rights to the Government for a “new normal”. That’s their plan. No property rights for you, you don’t own one thing, and you’re a slave to them.

    Does anyone want to live that way?

    America is the Land of the FREE and the Home of the BRAVE!

    Wake up People, you are being played.

    Liberty is from God not men.

  3. Vermont is a welfare state. Our border interstate signs should now read, Welcome to New California.

  4. My math is questionable but $70,000,000 for 300 individuals/families, i think is $233,333 per unit . Please correct if I am in error. Some how, if this money was coming out of their own pockets, the welfare folks could find a way to accomplish the task, for many less dollars. They could try more imagination and creativity. Welfare funds are not a bottomless pit.

  5. Can someone please cite where in statutory or civil law or in the Constitution it is written that anyone has the right to demand that the public treasury be used to provide them with lodging/housing? Vermont’s “progressive” media seems to feed this narrative by implying this obligation and making all us taxpayers feel guilty because all we are providing people who claim to be homeless are inadequate, basic hotel rooms instead of a house on the lake in Charlotte…

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