Plans for a new overflow homeless
shelter in Burlington are off the table.
The North Avenue Alliance Church
sought city permission at the request of advocates for the homeless, who say
their facilities are often full. But after not a single person showed up at a
similar emergency shelter set up by the Red Cross two weekends ago at the
Champlain Elementary school, the North Avenue proposal was dropped.
Mark Redmond of Spectrum Youth
Services, who had called for the shelter, says plans for the emergency space
have been complicated by the state's taxpayer-funded motel program, which
provides vouchers for hotel rooms when shelters are full.