The opening of 30 shelter modules for homeless residents in Vermont’s largest city has been delayed until January.
The shelter community in Burlington was expected to open in late November, but an official told the City Council Monday that the schedule was pushed back.
The final five shelters are expected to arrive in the next five weeks and two community buildings from a Maine company are behind schedule due primarily to supply chain and labor issues, said Samantha Dunn of the Office of Economic Development and community. VTDigger first reported on the delay.
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The community buildings are expected to arrive before Christmas and contractors will need several weeks to get them ready for occupancy, Dunn said. “We are very hopeful of opening in early January,” she said.
The city is spending American Rescue Plan funds on the 25 single-occupancy and five double-occupancy shelter modules. They are part of a 10-point housing plan that Mayor Miro Weinberger announced last year to increase housing production and end chronic homelessness using $5 million in federal bailout funds. more than $1 million will go to homeless initiatives. More than 60 states, counties and cities are taking advantage of federal bailout funds for housing programs.
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During the pandemic, Burlington has seen “an explosion” in the number of chronically homeless people, from a low of 35 to more than 220, and “an unprecedented number of people sleeping outside,” Weinberger told City Council. on Monday.