Homeless Shelters, Emergency Housing and Help for People Who Are Homeless
This page has a list of shelters and programs in Vermont. It also has phone numbers for people who can help you get housing or keep housing. Also, you will find links to resources to food and other help you may need if you are homeless.
- Good Samaritan Haven
105 North Seminary Street
Barre, VT 05641
- Bennington County Coalition for the Homeless
966 Main Street
Bennington, VT 05201
- Groundworks Drop-In Center
60 South Main St.
Brattleboro, VT 05302
- Groundworks Shelter
81 Royal Road
Brattleboro, VT 05302
- ANEW (formerly called Burlington Emergency Shelter)
89 North Street
Burlington, VT 05401
- COTS (Committee on Temporary Shelter) Shelters in Burlington
95 North Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
Spectrum Youth and Family Services (for youth 17-22)
The Landing & Transitional Housing
177 Pearl Street
Burlington, VT 05401
(802) 864-7423 x325
- Mountainside House (Windsor County Youth Services)
6 Mill Street
Ludlow, VT 05149
- Northeast Kingdom Community Action
70 Main Street
Newport, VT 05855
- The House At 20-Mile Stream (Windsor County Youth Services)
756 Main Street
Proctorsville, VT 05153
- Open Door Mission
31 Park Street
- Samaritan House
24 Kingman Street
St. Albans, VT 05478
- John W. Graham Emergency Shelter
69 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491
White River Junction
- The Upper Valley Haven
713 Hartford Avenue
White River Junction, VT 05001
For more information about shelters, call 2-1-1 or go online to Vermont211.org.
Churches, agencies and organizations in some Vermont towns have winter warming shelters to offer additional spaces for people who need temporary shelter in the winter. To find out if there is a warming shelter in your area, call 2-1-1 or go online to Vermont211.org.
Need help to get or keep housing?
As part of a Coordinated Entry System, dozens of local organizations are working together to help those who are experiencing homelessness – or are at risk of homelessness. They can help you find housing and get connected to support and resources in the community. See this list of Coordinated Entry contacts.
- The Department for Children and Family's (DCF) Economic Services Division offers housing supports for homeless households. For more information or to apply, contact the Benefits Service Center at 1-800-479-6151. If it is after business hours or on a weekend or holiday, call 2-1-1.
- When you apply for shelter with DCF, they will let you know if a shelter has opened in your area. You can also call 2-1-1 to find out if there is a warming shelter or other shelter in your area.
- If you are denied or terminated from a shelter or the state’s motel program, call us for help at 1-800-889-2047.
- During the winter months of December 15 to March 15, you are eligible for GA emergency housing in a motel if you are homeless and meet other eligibility criteria, even if you have used up all your GA days in the past year. From November 15 to December 15 and from March 15 to April 15, this expanded eligibility will be in place only when the weather is very cold. You can check the DCF website to see when these special rules will be in place in your region over the current three-day period.
- If you stay in a shelter or motel, you need to participate in “coordinated entry.” Through coordinated entry, you will be assigned a housing case manager who will help you access subsidies and programs to help you get permanent housing. To learn more about coordinated entry, call 2-1-1. If you worked with your case manager to apply for a subsidy or other program and your application was denied, call us for help at 1-800-889-2047.
- Veterans can get housing help from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program at 1-844-820-3232 (toll-free); the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838 (toll-free); or Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-666-9844 (toll-free). Vermont Veterans facing eviction or foreclosure should contact the Safely Home project for advice and help.
FAQs about eviction and the end of VERAP
Transitional Housing Program Update
- The Transitional Housing Program is no longer taking applications. But if you currently have a motel room through the Transitional Housing Program, you may keep getting assistance through March 2023. Contact us if you have a problem with your current transitional housing.
- If you are experiencing homelessness, you may qualify for a motel voucher for a limited period of time through the General Assistance (GA) Emergency Housing. (See above.) Visit or call your local Economic Services Division district office or call 211 after hours to apply.
Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Update 9/2/2022
- On October 1, 2022, at 7:45 a.m., Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) will open its waiting list and accept applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.
- The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program can help you afford decent, safe housing. If you are eligible, you'll be put on a waiting list. Once housing funds are available, you'll get a voucher and you will have to find your own housing. The voucher will help pay for your rent.
- You can apply online at https://www.pha-web.com/portals/onlineApplication/1635
- You can get a paper application by:
- visiting https://www.vsha.org/applications-for-section-8-assistance/
- going to 1 Prospect Street, Montpelier, between 7:45 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday, or
- calling 802-828-1991.
- For more information call 802-828-3295 (voice); 800-798-3118 (TTY); 800-820-5119 (messages).
- You can also contact us for advice.
Other resources for people who are homeless
- COTS’ Survivor’s Guide to Burlington (Finding shelters, food, services, medical help, counseling)
- Help for veterans from the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program at 1-844-820-3232 (toll-free); the National Call Center for Homeless Veterans at 1-877-424-3838 (toll-free); or Vermont Office of Veterans Affairs at 1-888-666-9844 (toll-free). Vermont Veterans facing eviction or foreclosure should contact the Safely Home project for advice and help.
- Links to Resources for Homeless (HUD)
- National Coalition for the Homeless
- Our web page about Subsidized Housing