Brat's OWS Herds Homeless Tents Into Hinsdale.
Posted in the Brattleboro Forum
#1 Oct 27, 2013
So here is my bona fides:
#2 Oct 27, 2013
"Town officials passed a camping ordinance in reaction to a group of activists who were camping on the Common and housing advocates say the Brattleboro Police Department has been using it to remove homeless people from their camping spots around town."
#3 Oct 27, 2013
Within the last few weeks two tents have popped up on Island Park. Where they getting the new free tents...brattleboro.
This area they just had a volunteer cleanup!
#4 Oct 27, 2013
Brattleboro overflow shelter to open early this year
By HOWARD WEISS-TISMAN / Reformer Staff
POSTED: 10/26/2013 03:00:00 AM EDT
BRATTLEBORO -- In the middle of this past summer it became clear that this was going to be an especially tough winter for the homeless in Brattleboro.
Town officials passed a camping ordinance in reaction to a group of activists who were camping on the Common and housing advocates say the Brattleboro Police Department has been using it to remove homeless people from their camping spots around town.
The Vermont Legislature at the end of the 2013 session made changes to how motel vouchers can be used to help the homeless and towns now have fewer options during emergency housing situations.
Ever shrinking federal dollars make it harder to offer assistance when families and individuals find themselves without a place to stay.
And now winter is approaching.
With all of that in the forecast supporters of the Brattleboro Overflow Winter Shelter have decided to open the shelter up one month early this season.
The shelter will open Nov. 3 to help meet what Lise Sparrow, Pastor at Guilford Community Church, called an urgent need to keep people warm and safe.
"It was clear earlier this year that were going to have less funding to help more people," Sparrow said. "It’s already cold at night and the need is there."
Organizers approached church officials in September and the church only decided last week that it would be bale to accommodate the shelter an extra month.
Now, Sparrow said, the rush is on to train volunteers, get food cooked for the daily dinners and get the systems in place for the winter.
The shelter is run entirely by volunteers and is held at the First Baptist Church on Main Street.
This is the seventh year an overflow shelter has been open in Brattleboro.
Volunteers open and close the church daily and remain on hand throughout the night.
Volunteers also prepare the meals.
This year staff from Morningside Shelter and Brattleboro Area Drop In Center are collaborating to help run the program and make sure everyone is safe.
"This is a big change," Sparrow said. "We did not want to make it public until the church was ready and now have to scramble to get everything in place."
The group will hold a volunteer training on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
#5 Oct 27, 2013
I don't think homeless tent encampents are a good thing...it breeds lawlessness and inhumanity.
#6 Oct 27, 2013
Right, heartless republicanism in a liberal state...
"The Vermont Legislature at the end of the 2013 session made changes to how motel vouchers can be used to help the homeless and towns now have fewer options during emergency housing situations."
#7 Oct 27, 2013
What about the guy who is sleeping on a couch all summer long under the Route 9 Seabees bridge?
#8 Oct 27, 2013
Most of these guys are the mentally ill, addicted and in trouble with the law.
#9 Oct 27, 2013
Bottom line, this should have shifted to government public housing and meal support...with an assortment of highly qualified paid staff. This staff’s high income should have been supporting our community. And With job support according to their abilities to the homeless...
Right now we are just supporting these people on minimal existent support...we don’t have a program where we fully recover every human being...
How is providing tents in cold weather sould like humane...
We should have developed a army of highly qualitied support people by now...
#10 Oct 27, 2013
-yup, and some of them go off their meds & ECT and end up commmiting some anti-social anti-goverment acts of lawless rebellion, like sabotaging the people's walkway along the bridge as one did recently
Michelle Obama’s Princeton classmate is executive at company that got no-bid contract to build the failed Healthcare dot gov site
#11 Oct 28, 2013
I kinda hoping the judge would forget I did this. It's not going to work if you keep reminding him.
#12 Oct 28, 2013
He will head south for the winter most likely. Almost everyone who lives the homeless life does it because they want to.
#13 Oct 28, 2013
I think it is the throw of the dice!
#14 Nov 3, 2013
Winter shelter opens early to meet demand
The Associated Press | November 03,2013
BRATTLEBORO — A winter shelter for the homeless in Brattleboro will open today, a month earlier than usual because of increased demand that some say was brought about by federal budget cuts.
Lucie Fortier who runs the daytime shelter at the Brattleboro Area Drop In Center, said when she arrives at 8 a.m. each day there is usually a crowd of up to 10 people waiting to get in.
“A lot of them are sleeping along the river bank, some are camping under the bridges,” she said.“Our people need to have a safe place to sleep.”
The Drop In Center also sponsors the overnight winter shelter in the Baptist Church on Main Street. It’s funded by donations and a state grant, Vermont Public Radio reports, and it’s run by volunteers, social service agencies and the local interfaith clergy group.
People are calling to ask when the shelter will open and if there is any place else they can stay until it opens, Fortier said.“The demand is just there,” she said.
But there aren’t many options because programs have been squeezed by federal budget cuts and federal housing subsidies are frozen, she said.
In Brattleboro an anti-camping ordinance and a crackdown on railroad property has made it even harder to live outside.
While the numbers of homeless people were fairly level statewide over the past year, in Brattleboro the number has gone up 12 percent, said Angus Chaney, who heads the Vermont Council on Homelessness.
The Brattleboro winter shelter served 172 people in the six months it was open last year, including five families and at least eight children, Fortier said.
#15 Nov 3, 2013
I remember when Hinsdale police used to drop them off in Winchester.
#16 Nov 4, 2013
You mean, the police were actually on duty? I'd bet you it was really Chesterfield police filling in for Hinsdale.
#17 Nov 4, 2013
They dropped them off at the Winchester town hall. Hinsdale caught a lot of blowback over it.
#18 Nov 4, 2013
Yea, and they discovered the biggest petroleum reservoir the planet has ever known under Winchester.
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