BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Homeless adults in Vermont’s largest city now have a recently renovated location where they can drop in and receive a variety of services, including ways to prevent homeless.
The re-opening of the so-called Daystation, run by the Committee on Temporary Shelter, in its new, permanent location was marked Monday by Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch and Mayor Miro Weinberger, Republican Gov. Phil Scott and others.
The daytime center offers a place where homeless adults can drop in and be connected with services and community resources. It includes a commercial-grade washer and dryer, showers and computers. A mid-day meal is served every day.
Its new building, built in 1893, underwent $8.2 million in renovations that included construction of 14 affordable apartments on the upper floors. The renovation restored the historic portion of the building to its original look.
The renovation project was a partnership between the committee and Housing Vermont, a nonprofit affordable housing development company. The project began a year ago and was paid for with a variety of public and private funds.
“We are bringing together in one location every level of care for our most vulnerable neighbors: affordable housing, the largest homeless prevention initiative in Vermont and our Daystation which offers a safe warm refuge for those with no place left to turn,” said COTS Executive Director Rita Markley.
The organization expects to serve more than 2,600 people facing homelessness each year.
The previous home for the day center was destroyed by a flood in 2012. COTS purchased its new home building in 2010 from the now-defunct Burlington College.
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