BURLINGTON, Vt. — The only homeless shelter in Burlington, Vermont, that does not have strict sobriety requirements has closed for the season despite a push for it to stay open year-round.
The Community Health Centers of Burlington, which operates the 37-bed winter facility, said Monday that there is no funding for keeping the seasonal shelter open. The Burlington Free Press reports the committee first opened the shelter in 2015, and it has often been full or over capacity during operating periods.
Democratic Mayor Miro Weinberger has advocated for a pilot program to keep the low-barrier shelter open year-round.
Committee official Erin Ahearn says staff members have been helping clients plan their next steps.
Ahearn says some will move to other shelters, adding that there are currently open beds.