Vermont Saves $1M by Cutting Back on Motel Voucher Program

Vermont officials say the state's effort to cut back on its motel voucher program extended to homeless residents is having success.

Vermont Public Radio reports ( ) the state spent approximately $3 million on emergency housing in the fiscal year 2016. That figure is more than $1 million less than Vermont spent the prior year.

Officials are attributing the success to the state's shift in philosophy from investing in motels to supporting more community-run shelters.

Sean Brown, the Department of Children and Families' deputy commissioner, says new alternatives are helping to serve residents in a better model all while keeping the state within budget constraints.

Brown says Vermont will have $1.5 million to expand its community-based alternatives program into new areas this year.

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