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Can Vermont End Homelessness?

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We're talking about a new study that assesses Vermont's approach to homelessness and recommends future steps.

Is it actually possible to end homelessness in Vermont? A new report prepared for the legislature looks at whether the state is on the right track in tackling the problem, and maps out what it would take to make homelessness a thing of the past.

We're looking at the report's conclusions, the progress that's been made, and what's still to be done.

We're joined by Larry Oaks, who led the team from the Corporation for Supportive Housing that prepared the report. And by Vermont Secretary of Human Services Al Gobeille.

And VPR's Howard Weiss-Tisman has a report on a group in Brattleboro planning to buy a motel and turn it into a supportive housing development.

  • Find more reporting from VPR on homelessness here.

Also in the program, the first Syrian refugees have arrived in Rutland. VPR's Nina Keck updates on the latest.

Broadcast on Thursday, January 19, 2017 live at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Jane Lindholm is the host, executive producer and creator of But Why: A Podcast For Curious Kids. In addition to her work on our international kids show, she produces special projects for Vermont Public. Until March 2021, she was host and editor of the award-winning Vermont Public program Vermont Edition.