BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A renovated motel in Vermont's largest city is going to become home to a dozen or more people who have struggled with chronic homelessness.

The Champlain Housing Trust announced this week that the Bel Aire Apartments in Burlington came about as the result of a partnership with the University of Vermont Medical Center, which helped fund the project.

The trust's Michael Monte tells Vermont Public Radio (http://bit.ly/2uZQZxY ) chronically homeless people often end up in hospitals because of a health problem but have nowhere to go after that.

Monte says there will be some turnover, but the idea here is to provide stability before people take the next step toward more permanent housing.