Statehouse vigil planned to recognize Vermont homeless

MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) Advocates are holding a homelessness awareness day and memorial vigil at the Statehouse in Montpelier Wednesday.

Portraits are going up inside the Statehouse and people will gather on the steps as part of Homelessness Awareness Day in Vermont.

The event is being organized by the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. The organizers are asking those attending to talk with local leaders about what is being done to address homelessness.

According to a one-day count, 1,089 Vermonters were found to be homeless on a single night in January 2019. That's a 15% drop from a one-day count in 2018 but advocates say “homelessness is still a major challenge for Vermonters.”