Vermont’s response to serving the homeless during the pandemic has been recognized as a national model. The Agency of Human Services (AHS) is now working hard to ensure the needs of Vermont’s homeless households continue to be met as we emerge from the pandemic.
Umbrella’s mission is to cultivate a Northeast Kingdom where all people thrive free from abuse and oppression. An important part of our work is related to supporting survivors of sexual violence. We support them when they want to report sexual violence and when they don’t want to report it. We support them years after the trauma happened as well as the day of the crime against them. We also work to support the community with prevention efforts aimed at building resilience among youth and others that are protective against future victimization and future perpetration.
The 2020 Census numbers for Vermont indicate that our little state grew by about 20,000 people over the past decade, or +2.8%. We also know that within Vermont our overall population has been migrating toward the northwest region of the state (Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille Counties), and away from the south and east. Moreover, there is a legislative mandate to break up the six-member Chittenden senate district (currently Chittenden County minus Colchester and Huntington/Buels Gore). All of these factors point to a legislative district map in 2022 that could look very different from the ones Vermonters have used, not just since 2012, but for many decades past.
The Vermont legislature will be called back into special session this week to try to overturn 3 vetoes issued by Governor Phil Scott and also to possibly consider legislation that failed to get needed support before adjournment in May.
We’ve noticed that lawmakers in a number of states are weighing legislation to specifically ban the New York Times 1619 Project from classrooms. We’ve seen these harebrained attempts in backward states like Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas, Iowa, Idaho and a few others.