Unpleasant encounters with apparently homeless people on Middlebury’s village green have prompted town officials and others to convene a task force to serve the homeless and solve the problems caused by their presence.
“Several local residents have told the Eagle about verbal exchanges with mentally ill individuals “camped” on the town green during the summer and autumn months. Hanley told the Selectboard that Task Force members will meet and “propose substantive solutions” to local homelessness. He noted that the new group will offer its recommendations to the PH&SC. Recommendations are for considerations before any official action is taken. According to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, “Vermont has an estimated 1,291 experiencing homelessness on any given day... Of that total, 169 were family households, 104 were veterans, 101 were unaccompanied young adults (aged 18-24), and 160 were individuals experiencing chronic homelessness.”"
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