Emergency shelter in a motel for the homeless extended until December 31 | New England

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Vermont Gov. Phil Scott on Monday extended emergency motel housing for a portion of the homeless population until the end of the year and urged the legislature to fully fund its stimulus package. $ 249 million housing which he said includes historic funding for permanent housing for the homeless.

In July, the state extended the hotel voucher program to families with children, people with disabilities, pregnant women and other vulnerable people, and issued checks for $ 2,500 to those who do not. have more right. Scott then decided to keep the program going for these people for an additional 30 days, until October 21.

“Those at GA Emergency Housing are currently among the most vulnerable, including disabled Vermonters, families with children and households facing chronic housing instability,” Scott, a Republican, said in a written statement. “The demand for emergency housing and shelter is a symptom of the current housing crisis in Vermont. Ultimately, permanent housing solutions, not just emergency housing and shelters, are needed.”

As of last week, the Ministry of Children and Families served 950 families, representing 1,100 adults and 402 children, the administration said. Before the pandemic, the program provided emergency housing to about 2,500 Vermonters per year, officials said.

In April, Scott proposed that $ 249 million in capital funding be used for housing, forcing the Legislature to release an additional $ 179 million in federal pandemic relief funding, he said. On Monday, her administration released what she called a comprehensive plan for how the money would be spent, including longer-term motel rentals.

Vermont State Representative Tom Stevens, a Democrat who chairs the House Committee on General Affairs, Housing and the Military, said that in the past 18 to 19 months, the state had pledged more money for housing than he ever had, including $ 144 million that went to the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board to distribute for the purchase of buildings and other affordable housing related projects . It’s not as easy as just unlocking federal funds and what the governor proposed in the last plan needs to be verified, he said.

“Figuring out what these projects are and where they need to be isn’t just about unlocking money,” Stevens said. “So we will continue. We know the money exists in the American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA) funds and we will continue to look at projects and processes that will result in more housing.


CHILD CARE PROVIDERS

The Vermont Department for Children and Families is using federal COVID-19 relief money to help regulated child care providers survive the pandemic.

Child Care Stabilization Grants will cover unforeseen costs from the COVID-19 pandemic and help child care businesses stabilize their operations.

DCF Commissioner Sean Brown said an online application and tutorial would be emailed to all regulated child care providers by October 22. Prizes will be distributed monthly starting next month. If funding allows, they will continue for one year.

“They have cared for and fed our youngest residents while supporting our workforce,” Brown said in a statement. “These grants represent an unprecedented opportunity to invest, support and stabilize this essential sector of our economy.”

Some of the approved expenses include payroll and salaries, benefits, rent, personal protective equipment, and other supplies.


NUMBERS

On Monday, the Vermont Department of Health reported 202 new cases of the virus that causes COVID-19, bringing the statewide total since the start of the pandemic to more than 37,515.

There have been 41 people hospitalized with COVID-19, including 11 in intensive care.

The state has reported a total of 346 deaths from COVID-19.

The seven-day moving average of daily new cases in Vermont has increased over the past two weeks, from 177.43 new cases per day on September 30 to 218 new cases per day on October 14.

The Associated Press uses data collected by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering to measure the number of cases and deaths related to epidemics in the United States.


AP reporter Wilson Ring contributed to this report from Stowe, Vermont.

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