[Hpn] Gov. Douglas to Highlight Efforts to End Homelessness

Morgan W. Brown morganbrown@gmail.com
Tue, 18 Dec 2007 06:08:24 -0500


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Date: Dec 17, 2007 5:39 PM
Subject: Fwd: Gov. Douglas to Highlight Efforts to End Homelessness
To: morganbrown@gmail.com


 JAMES H. DOUGLAS

            GOVERNOR



State of Vermont

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR* *

*For Immediate Release:*

Monday, December 17, 2007

* *

*Contact:  Jason Gibbs*

(802) 828-3333

* *

Gov. Douglas to Highlight Efforts to End Homelessness * *


Montpelier , Vt. =96 Gov. Jim Douglas will designate Dec. 17 - 2 3 "Homeles=
s
Awareness Week" to highlight assistance available to those who become
homeless and the state's coordinated efforts to prevent it. **



Gov. Douglas will sign the proclamation during a Vermont Coalition to End
Homelessness vigil in front of the Bethany Church, Main St., Montpelier on
Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m.



Gov. Douglas is also proposing to increase this year's funding for the
General Assistance program by $300,000 in the Budget Adjustment for 2007.
In addition, his administration through the Agency of Human Services is
asking the Legislature to remove the $150,000 cap placed on this emergency
funding for homelessness.



"Vermont has strong commitment to assisting the homeless and working to
eliminate it," Gov. Douglas said. "We must work together to provide
affordable and safe housing for all of our residents. The State of Vermont
needs to leverage resources in our communities, including social service
organizations, shelters, and faith-based organizations in a common effort t=
o
end homelessness."



While Vermont has a very small number of homeless individuals when compared
to other states, it is an issue that affects every community in Vermont at
one point or another, the Governor said.


"The truth about homelessness contradicts the stereotypical
characterization," Gov. Douglas said. "Studies show that between 35-40
percent of people experiencing homelessness are families and children."



The Douglas Administration is also working on a plan to support individuals
while maintaining their housing and encouraging more preventative measures
rather than reactionary measures.



Vermonters from all walks of life are encouraged to volunteer or make a
donation to one of the local programs working to help solve the problems
faced by homeless people, while Vermonters in the private and public sector=
s
continue to work toward a long-term solution, the Governor added.

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* *





Jason Gibbs

Governor's Communications Director

109 State Street =A8 The Pavilion =A8 Montpelier, VT 05609-0101 =A8
www.vermont.gov/governor

Telephone: 802.828.3333 =A8 Fax: 802.828.3339 =A8 TDD: 802.828.3345


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<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"3"><span style=3D"font-size: 12pt=
;">JAMES H. DOUGLAS</span></font></p>
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ont><font size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-size: 8pt;">GOVERNOR</span></font>=
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oman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 10pt;">State of Vermont</span></=
font></p>
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oman" size=3D"3"><span style=3D"font-size: 12pt;">OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR</s=
pan></font><b><font size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-weight: bold; font-size:=
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<p><b><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-weight:=
 bold; font-size: 9pt;">For Immediate Release:</span></font></b></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-size: 9pt;=
">Monday, December 17, 2007</span></font></p>
<p><b><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-weight:=
 bold; font-size: 9pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></b></p>
<p><b><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-weight:=
 bold; font-size: 9pt;">Contact:&nbsp; Jason Gibbs</span></font></b></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-size: 9pt;=
">(802) 828-3333</span></font></p>
<p><b><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"1"><span style=3D"font-weight:=
 bold; font-size: 5pt;">&nbsp;</span></font></b></p>
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Gov. Douglas to Highlight Efforts to End Homelessness
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: 12pt;"><br></span></font><font color=3D"black" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"=
font-size: 11pt; color: black;">Montpelier</span></font><font color=3D"blac=
k" size=3D"2">
<span style=3D"font-size: 11pt; color: black;">
, Vt.</span></font><font color=3D"black" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-siz=
e: 11pt; color: black;"> </span></font><font size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font=
-size: 11pt;">=96 Gov. Jim Douglas will designate Dec. 17 - 2</span></font>=
<font size=3D"2">

<span style=3D"font-size: 11pt;">3</span></font><font color=3D"blue" face=
=3D"Arial" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt; color: blue; font-fam=
ily: Arial;">&nbsp;</span></font><font size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size:=
 11pt;">&quot;Homeless Awareness Week&quot; to highlight assistance availab=
le to those who become homeless and the state&#39;s coordinated efforts to =
prevent it.
<b><span style=3D"font-weight: bold;"></span></b></span></font></p><div cla=
ss=3D"Ih2E3d">
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&nbsp;</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">Gov. Douglas will sign the proclamation during a Vermont Coalition to En=
d Homelessness vigil in front of the Bethany Church, Main St., Montpelier o=
n Dec. 18 at 11:30=20
a.m.</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&nbsp;</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">Gov. Douglas is also proposing to increase this year&#39;s funding for t=
he General Assistance program by $300,000 in the Budget Adjustment for 2007=
.&nbsp; In addition, his administration through the Agency of Human Service=
s is asking the Legislature to remove the $150,000 cap placed on this emerg=
ency funding for homelessness.
</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&nbsp;</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&quot;Vermont has strong commitment to assisting the homeless and workin=
g to eliminate it,&quot; Gov. Douglas said. &quot;We must work together to =
provide affordable and safe housing for all of our residents. The State of =
Vermont needs to leverage resources in our communities, including social se=
rvice organizations, shelters, and faith-based organizations in a common ef=
fort to end homelessness.&quot;=20
</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&nbsp;</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">While Vermont has a very small number of homeless individuals when compa=
red to other states, it is an issue that affects every community in Vermont=
 at one point or another, the Governor said.=20
</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;"><br>&quot;The truth about homelessness contradicts the stereotypical cha=
racterization,&quot; Gov. Douglas said. &quot;Studies show that between 35-=
40 percent of people experiencing homelessness are families and children.&q=
uot;
</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&nbsp;</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">The Douglas Administration is also working on a plan to support individu=
als while maintaining their housing and encouraging more preventative measu=
res rather than reactionary measures.&nbsp;=20
</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">&nbsp;</span></font></p>
<p><font face=3D"Times New Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-size: 11pt=
;">Vermonters from all walks of life are encouraged to volunteer or make a =
donation to one of the local programs working to help solve the problems fa=
ced by homeless people, while Vermonters in the private and public sectors =
continue to work toward a long-term solution, the Governor added.=20
</span></font></p>
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w Roman" size=3D"2"><span style=3D"font-weight: bold; font-size: 11pt;">###=
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