Increase Access to Safe, Stable and Affordable Housing for all Children
As a key social determinant of health, safe, stable, and affordable housing is essential to children’s well-being and success. Housing instability, homelessness, and unsafe housing contribute to childhood trauma, risk, and negative outcomes.
Increasing state investments in affordable housing, reducing homelessness, and improving the health and safety of rental housing are critical to improving children’s outcomes.
The Alliance supports the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition in securing full statutory funding for the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board; promoting continued state investments in programs to reduce homelessness; ensuring that the Emergency/General Assistance Program continues to effectively serve Vermont children and families; and improving the health and safety of the state’s rental housing stock.
LEAD ORGANIZATION: Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition
- Strategic investments in housing, financial supports, and services help reduce and prevent homelessness; improve the lives of children, families, and vulnerable Vermonters; improve their physical and mental well-being; and improve their chances to succeed and live independent lives – all while building strong, healthy communities.
- Women who are homeless while pregnant are 50 percent more likely to have a low-birth weight
baby and more than 30 percent more likely to have a preterm delivery than women who were not
homeless while pregnant.
- Vermont has a severe and protracted housing shortage: our vacancy for multi-family housing
has ranged from 1% – 2% statewide for many years.