The Montpelier City Council is considering whether to allow a homeless shelter to open early this year, In response to concerns about growing numbers of homeless people in the state’s capitol city. Does increasing access to transitional housing help solve the problem? Or is it a band-aid for a bigger problem? What ARE to solutions to homelessness?
"The Good Samaritan Haven in Barre has 30 beds and operates year-round. It's funded by the state to run two other overflow shelters, with one in Barre and one at the Bethany Church in Montpelier. Those shelters are only open from Nov. 15 to April 15. It's estimated to cost between $7,000 and $10,000 to open the Montpelier shelter early."
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