Middlebury homeless shelter getting more paid staff

Middlebury’s Charter House Emergency Shelter is expanding its services and transitioning from a mostly volunteer-driven organization to professional one, with paid staff.

Restaurant workers help bring joy to homeless shelters

Recently eight local restaurants participated in an effort provide Christmas cookies to homeless shelters around the state.

Local affordable housing eyed for $5M in repairs

John Graham Housing & Services is planning a $5 million overhaul of several of its affordable housing projects in Vergennes, Middlebury and Bristol.

Local shelters fill up as temperatures dip

Addison County’s two emergency homeless shelters are already full and carrying waiting lists as bone- chilling temperatures, sleet and snow once again take center stage in the Champlain Valley.

Motel voucher guidelines for the unhoused

These are the current rules governing eligibility for hotel-motel vouchers for homeless households through the state’s general Assistance Emergency Housing Program.

Letter to the editor: Zoning can help housing issues

Our unhoused neighbors are our neighbors. They deserve our attention, our action and our admiration, not our fear or disdain.

‘Gotta Go’ card links the homeless to vital services

Where can those, who have the least, go to find employment opportunities, a free meal, health care, or simply a restroom when it’s late at night and everything is closed?

Group seeks a public loo in Middlebury

Middlebury residents and officials have long lamented the paucity of public restrooms in Addison County’s shire town.

Charter House director to give talk on homelessness

As part of its 2021-2022 speaker series, The American Association of University Women (AAUW) invites the community to the second event of the series on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 7 p.m., at Ilsley Public Library.

Supporting homeless vets and helping others

Middlebury American Legion Post 27 on Saturday, Nov. 13, will collaborate with a local radio station to raise donations for the Dodge House, a Rutland-based shelter for homeless veterans that’s in urgent need of new furniture, bed linens and other basic h … (read more)

A new homelessness challenge lies ahead

MIDDLEBURY — Under normal circumstances, Anne Heather — who is homeless — wouldn’t have the wherewithal to stay even one night at the Courtyard By Marriott Hotel.She recently marked her one-year anniversary as an accidental guest at the Middlebury hotel, … (read more)

Charter House shelter gears up

MIDDLEBURY — The Charter House Coalition’s (CHC) warming shelter at 27 North Pleasant St. is pushing through this nasty winter stretch with a new leader, added professional staff and a dedicated corps of volunteers who are ensuring homeless folks from all … (read more)

Distressing case in Middlebury reveals cracks in system

MIDDLEBURY — Folks walking past the Middlebury police station off Seymour Street during the night of Jan. 12-13 caught an unusual and disturbing sight. A woman camped out in a snow bank, just a few feet away from warmth, nourishment and companionship. It’ … (read more)

Shelter pivots to help homeless this winter

VERGENNES — Vergennes-based John Graham Housing & Services (JGHS) is busy preparing itself, and its clients, for an arduous Vermont winter during which homeless people will have the added challenge of finding services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortuna … (read more)

College student helps feed Middlebury homeless

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College sophomore Jack Eschert has been helping others for about as long as he can remember. It probably started when, at age 5, he joined the Cub Scouts in his hometown of Avon, Conn. “That experience opened my eyes to a lot of th … (read more)