The state of Vermont is easing restrictions on money for motels for the homeless.
Stiff cuts would have reduced a $4 million dollar appropriation-- for temporary housing in hotels-- by more than half. Supporters say the money would be better spent on other services that would keep people from becoming homeless in the first place.
But, the Shumlin administration has partially reversed course. New emergency rules ensure motel housing for homeless people over age 65, those receiving federal disability benefits, families with children age 6 or younger, and women in the third trimester of pregnancy.