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Dragon-Minter-O’Farrell: We can end child homelessness now

This commentary is by Paul Dragon, executive director of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity; Sue Minter, executive director of Capstone; Jenna O’Farrell, executive director of Northeast Kingdom Community Action; and with the support of Southeastern Vermont Community Action.

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Wash and learn: New owners bring social services to Burlington laundromat

Wash and learn: New owners bring social services to Burlington laundromat

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Green Mountain Power launching cost-effective solar to aid low-income Vermonters

Vermont’s largest power company launching a new initiative providing low- and moderate-income Vermonters with new opportunities to connect with new solar projects.

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'Homelessness is a crisis:' Flags in Taylor Park highlight homelessness in Franklin County

To draw attention to people experiencing homelessness, 350 flags are staked in the cold ground of Taylor Park. That’s one flag for every person in Franklin County — including 76 children — who was without a home in 2022.

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CVOEO offers free financial literacy classes, coaching to build financial literacy in the community

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) helps residents of Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle and Addison counties achieve financial literacy with free personal finance classes and one-on-one money coaching.

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Soaring fuel costs exacerbate weatherization contractor backlog

With soaring fuel costs, more people are looking to button up their homes to save money and conserve energy. But good luck trying to find a professional contractor. Some are scheduling upwards of a year and a half out to get the work done.

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Building Bright Futures releases annual State of Vermont's Children report, highlighting homelessness in 2023

On Monday, Building Bright Futures presented its annual State of Vermont's Children Report to the legislature. The report used data from 2022 to outline four policy goals for Vermont, all of which focus on ways to improve early childhood.

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New Programs Aim to Change Vermont’s Dismal BIPOC Homeownership Rates

Owning a home has many financial benefits and is crucial for building wealth to pass down to future generations. But discriminatory practices have long kept BIPOC people from buying. Today's historically tight housing market — where supply is low, cash is king and interest rates are climbing — is creating even more barriers.

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Laurie’s House marks 20-year anniversary

A St. Albans domestic violence survivor shelter celebrates 20 years of serving Franklin County. The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s Voices Against Violence program opened the doors to Laurie’s House in 2002. It serves as a place domestic violence victims can find somewhere safe to stay.

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Vermonters Look for Cheaper Ways to Keep Their Homes Warm This Winter

A dramatic increase in the cost of fossil fuels has sent more Vermonters scrambling this autumn to weatherize their homes, line up financial assistance and find cheaper heating options. Energy advocates hope the search will lead householders to cleaner fuels that in the long run are easier on the pocketbook — and the climate.