NEWPORT — Pathways Vermont has received over $1,000,000 in funding to combat homelessness in 7 counties around the state.
This venture is being made possible utilizing CARES Act funding facilitated by the Vermont Office of Economic Opportunity in order to provide housing and services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness, many of which have been sheltering in motels around the state since mid-March.
This grant will end the experience of homelessness for over 140 households around the state in Bennington, Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Orleans, Washington, and Windham Counties.
Pathways Vermont will be taking the lead in a collaboration with a number of other Chittenden County service agencies including Community Health Centers of Burlington, COTS, Champlain Valley of Economic Opportunity, and Steps to End Domestic Violence.
This will involve coordination of services in order to maximize impact, avoid duplicative actions, and ensure program success.
“We are encouraged by this new funding opportunity and are thrilled to be collaborating with our peer organizations who are engaged in such important work,” said Executive Director Hilary Melton. “It is clear that Housing is Healthcare and that access to safe, independent housing can end the experience of homelessness for Vermonters. We are so grateful to our partners at the state and local levels for investing in these vital services.”
Pathways Vermont states they are dedicated to their pursuit to end the experience of homelessness in the state while providing compassionate, non-judgemental, and peer-driven mental health services.
They say these new initiatives are a hopeful step in the right direction, ensuring that more folks have a safe place to call home during the pandemic.