- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 5, 2016

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) - State officials are asking various groups around Vermont to come up with new ideas to tackle homelessness.

Vermont Public Radio reports (https://bit.ly/29qUOln ) Champlain Housing Trust in South Burlington used public and private money to buy a motel and give it a makeover.

The housing trust built 19 studio apartments for the homeless. Federal housing vouchers cover monthly rents there and tenants can stay indefinitely.

The group is fighting to keep a former motel in Shelburne open, where homeless people can use state money to pay rent up to about a month.

Groundworks Collaborative in Brattleboro received grant money earlier this year to lease apartments to homeless people, who can stay up to roughly three months. The group hopes to establish a new emergency shelter there as well.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net


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