- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The head of a Vermont affordable housing group is issuing some words of caution about a proposal to set aside 15 percent of publicly-funded housing for people who are homeless.

A report issued this week by the Governor’s Council on Pathways from Poverty urged that community housing trusts and others with publicly financed housing set aside 15 percent for homeless people, coupled with supports to ensure they can succeed as tenants in the housing.

Erhard Mahnke (“AIR-hard MAHN-keh”), coordinator with the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition calls that a worthy goal. But he says it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight and would require additional funding.

He says one need would be for additional rental subsidies for the lowest-income residents.

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