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Is there a double standard for new Community Resource Center?

This commentary is by Paul Dragon, executive director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity.

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Please fill out this form before overdosing

Please fill out this form before overdosing

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Housing Letter to Lawmakers

Housing Letter to Lawmakers

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Sears Lane encampment stories

There has been a lot of media activity around the Sears Lane encampment situation. Here is a list of stories published in our local media

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Celebrating Robert Ostermeyer

It is with broken hearts that the Franklin Grand Isle Community Action team of CVOEO shares that our Director, Robert Ostermeyer, has died.

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Statement on Sears Lane and Encampments for People Experiencing Homelessness

CVOEO opposes the forced removal of encampments where individuals and families experiencing homelessness live.

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Because of the housing safety veto, people are at risk

This commentary by Paul Dragon was published in VT Digger on 10/24/21. The Housing Safety Bill (S.79) would have made much-needed changes in how health and safety is enforced in rental housing by shifting health inspections from mostly volunteer, town-based town health officers to the State Division of Fire Safety.

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Policies should recognize poverty-environment linkage

The work connecting poverty relief to environmental justice is undeveloped and nearly nonexistent. We need a new paradigm in our traditional anti-poverty and social service thinking to include a focus on the environment, and environmental organizations need to include people living in poverty as they develop their thinking and practice.

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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

These past months of the pandemic have driven home the point that we can and need to do much better as a society for people who are homeless and living in deep poverty. We realize that the people who work in shelters and emergency housing facilities play a vital role in medical prevention, medical care and public health, but this is something that the medical community and most of society by and large neglect to acknowledge.