Most Vermonters have no problem with those in need receiving assistance, especially during winter. But abuses of the “system” for public assistance should be policed and curtailed: currently they are not, and this is a significant problem.
My opponents in this race are lauding the $300 million of our hard-earned tax money they are spending on housing. In the past six years, the housing-first policy has spent an average of $160,000 per homeless Vermont resident, yet we still have the crisis today.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently announced that it, too, will interpret the prohibition on discrimination based on “sex” found in Title IX to include “sexual orientation and gender identity.” Why does that matter? Because it holds food for needy children hostage to the transgender agenda.
The proposal, which was backed by a group of Democratic lawmakers, would have required the meals to be served without cost or at a reduced cost to any child who meets federal income eligibility guidelines.
Existing and under-utilized housing structures around the state will be getting a facelift through the Vermont Housing Improvement Program, Gov. Phil Scott said.
“Total government and private resources combined (including education and services) would rise from $83,300 to $94,600 per year,” Rector and Hall wrote. “Private resources plus government cash, food, and housing would average $48,200 per year, nearly twice the official government poverty level for these families.”
The Build Back Better Act would add another $11,300 in annual benefits to the average poor family, bringing total government support to $76,400 per family.
The question going forward for urban blacks, Vermont welfare recipients and COVID fund recipients alike is, how may government benefit those in need without hurting them and those around them.
Administration officials announced an extension to the current General Assistance (GA) Emergency Housing Program until December 31, and other meaningful actions to support Vermonters experiencing homelessness and permanent housing development.
Roughly 42 million Americans receiving SNAP benefits will see a 27% increase. “As a result, the average SNAP benefit will increase by $36.24 per person, per month, or $1.19 per day, for Fiscal Year 2022 beginning on October 1, 2021,” the USDA said.
The plan was developed with the recognition that the pandemic motel capacity would shrink considerably with the end of the public health emergency. As projected, we have lost several hundred motel rooms across the state as the economy reopens, and tourism is coming back stronger than we anticipated.
In the 23rd episode of “Travels With Charlie — Vermont Politics in Real Life,” host Charlie Papillo discusses the benefit cliffs and safety-net programs with former legislator Oliver Olsen and John Badgewick as they build a bird house.