Factors contributing to family homelessness include a lack of affordable housing and the cost of living in Vermont. The number of children under the age of 18 in publicly-funded homeless shelters decreased in 2019 to 888 after an increase to 1,019 in 2017. According to the Office of Economic Opportunity, this may be attributed in part due to decreased capacity in emergency shelters for families [1].

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1. Department for Children and Families, Office of Economic Opportunity (2019). Housing Opportunity Grant Program (HOP) Annual Report – State Fiscal Year 2019.