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State of Vermont

House of Representatives

Montpelier, Vermont

House Resolution

H.R. 32

House resolution in support of the creation of a veterans’ transitional housing facility in central Vermont

Offered by:  Representatives McDonald of Berlin, Koch of Barre Town, McFaun of Barre Town, Monti of Barre City, Valliere of Barre City, Anderson of Montpelier and Kitzmiller of Montpelier

Whereas, according to federal government statistics, one-fourth of the nation’s homeless population consists of U.S. military veterans, and

Whereas, according to The Veterans Place, Inc., an organization founded to create a transitional housing facility in central Vermont, there are an estimated 150 homeless veterans in the state, and approximately 30 of these individuals reside in central Vermont, and

Whereas, because of this state’s proportionally large number of homeless veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has ranked Vermont high on the priority list for the receipt of grant money for transitional assistance, and

Whereas, although a significant number of these homeless individuals are veterans of the Vietnam conflict, some served during Operation Desert Storm or even more recently during the current war in Iraq, and

Whereas, because posttraumatic stress disorder afflicts many veterans returning from Iraq, there is concern that the number of homeless veterans in Vermont and elsewhere will rise, and

Whereas, currently, the only facility in Vermont to provide temporary shelter specifically for veterans is the eight‑bed Dodge House in Rutland City, and

Whereas, The Veterans Place, Inc. envisions the establishment of a multi-service transitional housing facility for 15 or more central Vermont veterans, to be located in central Vermont, that would provide housing, food, legal services, dental care, job‑seeking support, substance‑abuse counseling, clothing, and personal hygiene assistance, and

Whereas, the organizations partnering with The Veterans Place, Inc. in this worthy endeavor include the VA Medical Center in White River Junction, various state agencies and departments, veterans’ service organizations, local businesses, homeless shelters, municipal governments, and Vermont’s congressional delegation, and

Whereas, if The Veterans Place, Inc. is able to raise $200,000.00 by April 4, 2008, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs through a capital grant application filed under its Homeless Provider Grant and Per Diem Program, is prepared to award the sum of $600,000.00 toward the establishment of this multi‑service housing facility, and

Whereas, the Hedding United Methodist Church Council, under the leadership of Rev. Ralph W. Howe has donated $10,000.00 toward the $200,000.00 amount, and

Whereas, although the state of Vermont is unable to support this project financially due to the tight fiscal constraints of the FY 2009 budget, it is important that the House of Representatives be recorded as supportive of this critically needed transitional residential facility, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives:

That the Vermont House of Representatives strongly supports the efforts of The Veterans Place, Inc. to secure a $600,000.00 grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the establishment of a multi-service veterans transitional residential facility in central Vermont, and be it further

Resolved:  That the clerk of the house be directed to send copies of this resolution to Rev. Ralph W. Howe in care of The Veterans Place, Inc. in Barre City, to Jack McDermott at the governor’s veterans advisory council, to Clayton Clark at the office of veterans affairs, and to the Vermont congressional delegation.


____________________________              Attested to:

Gaye R. Symington

Speaker of the House


                                                                      Donald G. Milne

                                                                      Clerk, House of Representatives

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont