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Plan to Help People Move Out of Poverty in Vermont

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state needs to do more to help people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.
MONTPELIER, Vt. - Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin says the state needs to do more to help people who are homeless or at risk of losing their homes.

The governor unveiled five initiatives to move people out of poverty Monday. Those include more money for shelters, child care, and substance abuse and mental health treatment. Another proposal includes doubling the money to one million dollars for the Vermont Rental Subsidy program which helps families find a home.

"Our homeless population in this state is growing. Our homeless shelters are crowded. This is a way, a smart investment, to help avoiding having to use motel rooms which we've had a lot of debate in this state and instead keep people in their homes," Gov. Shumlin said.

The governor says all the measures will be part of his balanced budget.

He will present that to the legislature in January.
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