New Operator Will Run Burlington's Low-Barrier Shelter

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The low-barrier homeless shelter at Burlington's former Champlain Inn will have new management this fall.

On October 2, the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity will take the reins from ANEW Place, the nonprofit that has owned and operated the Shelburne Road shelter for the past four years. The Champlain Housing Trust will assume ownership of the building and manage the property.

The shelter model is shifting, too. It will be staffed 24-7, instead of just overnight. And in place of the drop-in system used now — where people line up for a bed but aren't guaranteed one, and must share a room with others — guests will be assigned their own room for six months at a time or longer.