- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Vermont officials are highlighting a new statewide strategy to reduce homelessness, as well as a $580,000 grant for more low-cost housing in Chittenden County.

Gov. Peter Shumlin and Human Services Secretary Hal Cohen announced on Monday the strategies aimed at a goal of ending child and family homelessness in the state by 2020.

The officials say more than 1,500 Vermonters lack housing on any given night, and children make up half of all people in emergency shelters.

Shumlin and Cohen say efforts will be stepped up toward better coordination of services.

In addition, they announced the grant for 14 new affordable apartments and a way station for homeless people in Burlington.

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