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Fair Housing Project Launches New Striving for Equity Project

CVOEO’s Fair Housing Project is excited to announce our newest initiative, the Striving for Equity Project.

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Paul Dragon: Our unhoused neighbors — out of sites, out of minds

This is a horrible situation for us as an organization, a humiliating one for the people we are serving, and ultimately an intolerable one for us as a society.

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‘We’re all connected.’; A look at the fight against homelessness

Every day, it’s getting harder to help people experiencing homelessness in St. Albans. To better help, Ben Kaufmann needs more affordable housing. With few residential vacancies in the state, the people he serves – Vermont’s homeless population – can’t always find an affordable place to stay even if they have the funds.

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Vermonters living outside face barriers to access cool shelter in hot weather

Vermont has programs that shelter people during the coldest of winter days, but to keep people safe during the hottest days of summer the state’s plan is still a patchwork.

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Food shelf sees record need as Burlington’s homeless population surges

Social service organizations across the Champlain Valley are feeling the crunch as the housing crisis continues. That includes the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Feeding Chittenden and Community Resource Center where they are breaking records with the number of people walking in the door.

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Feeding Chittenden eats away at food insecurity in Champlain Valley region

The organization collects more than 2 million pounds of food and feeds more than 12,000 people a year. But its vast array of offerings is what separates it from other food relief operations in the area.

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Pride Month: a moment to celebrate and renew our commitment

The recent assault we see on LGBTQ+ rights around the country will only compound the tragedy of poverty and homelessness in the United States.

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A Walk in Their Shoes: How Franklin and Grand Isle Community Action helps those experiencing homelessness

On Saturday, June 10, community members are encouraged to learn what it’s like to be homeless in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. “A Walk in Their Shoes” aims to educate the broader community about homelessness by offering an opportunity to see and hear about the daily challenges unhoused neighbors encounter. Starting at 1 p.m., Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity staff will guide participants on a three-mile walking tour of emergency service and food providers in St. Albans.

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A Walk in Their Shoes: How Spectrum helps homeless youth in St. Albans

On Saturday, June 10, community members are encouraged to learn what it’s like to be homeless in Franklin and Grand Isle counties. “A Walk in Their Shoes” aims to educate the community about homelessness by offering an opportunity to see and hear about the daily challenges unhoused neighbors encounter.

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‘In our words, in our community’ shares stories of those experiencing homelessness

A new project presenting the stories of individuals facing homelessness and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity advocates who help them is traveling to several towns in Franklin County this summer. Produced by Vermont Folklife, the exhibit made its first stop in Burlington’s City Hall Park on Saturday, May 13. ‘In our words, in our community,’ holds space for 15 community members' stories through photographed portraits and audio recordings of interviews. Each person’s story is displayed on a yard sign, with a portrait on one side and a QR code leading to audio recordings of their story on the other.