MIDDLEBURY, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont shelter is opening more than a month ahead of schedule to address a growing homeless population.
WPTZ-TV reports the Charter House in Middlebury decided to open on Sept. 1 this year to help individuals and families in the area. The change will cost the shelter an additional $12,000.
Charter House Co-Director Doug Sinclair says the nonprofit recognizes more people need help.
It takes about $140,000 for the shelter to stay open half the year. Sinclair says he’s hopeful that the organization will eventually be able to stay open year-round.
The shelter also wants to modify its historic building so it’s handicapped-accessible. For more information, visit www.charterhousecoalition.org.
Information from: WPTZ-TV, http://www.thechamplainchannel.com