Helping the homeless: A set of recommendations from the Burlington Public Safety Committee

Burlington, Vt. - The prevalent homelessness problem in Burlington, Vermont has been a hot topic for decades. City Councilors are getting ready to meet Monday evening and talk about ways to help fight the problem while also making life a little easier for those in the transient community.

Some recommendations include adding a public restroom, providing antibacterial and sunscreen dispensaries. Also conducting a yearlong pilot period to see what a 12-month homeless shelter would accomplish, encouraging community involvement for transients and increased funding for the Howard Center’s Street Outreach.

The document was submitted by Burlington City Councilor Adam Roof.

"I think they’re are all important,” Councilor Adam Roof said. “I also think that we aren't pretending it's a set of recommendations that's going to solve homelessness. It's a set of recommendations that are a positive step forward recognizing that this work is always on-going."

The full list of recommendations can be found here.

Roof said a more work needs to be done, but thinks these recommendations are a step in the right direction.

Roof said he anticipates some changes to be made and encourages anyone with input to go to the meeting or reach out to him.

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