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Number of Homeless Families Doubles in 3 Years
The hotel rooms are provided by a state run emergency program that was expanded in 2008 to help families, the elderly and disabled who are homeless when the shelters are full. Initially, federal stimulus dollars helped to fund the program, but Vermont is no longer getting help from the federal government to cover the bill. Advocates for the homeless say the money could be better spent on things like providing more affordable housing and preventative maintenance that could help families with unexpected expenses. Experts say in most cases it's only a few hundred dollars that sends families on the downward financial spiral that ends with them losing their homes. Vermont Spent $1.4 Million On Hotel Rooms For The Homeless Last Year
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Number of Homeless Families Doubles in 3 Years
The hotel rooms are provided by a state run emergency program that was expanded in 2008 to help families, the elderly and disabled who are homeless when the shelters are full. Initially, federal stimulus dollars helped to fund the program, but Vermont is no longer getting help from the federal government to cover the bill. Advocates for the homeless say the money could be better spent on things like providing more affordable housing and preventative maintenance that could help families with unexpected expenses. Experts say in most cases it's only a few hundred dollars that sends families on the downward financial spiral that ends with them losing their homes. Vermont Spent $1.4 Million On Hotel Rooms For The Homeless Last Year
Date: 3/6/12
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