Ending Homelessness

Elmwood Avenue Shelter Pod Village and Community Resource Center 



What’s happening at the

Elmwood Avenue site? 


The City of Burlington is working with Pallet Shelter and Up End This to transform the Elmwood Avenue parking lot for temporary use as an emergency shelter community for neighbors in our community who are experiencing houselessness.  The site will also house the Community Resource Center (CRC).


The number of people experiencing houselessness continues to be almost triple those pre-pandemic, and access to emergency housing is restricted from the levels available during the Winter of 2021 

The shelter module (pod) approach has proven effective in acting as a bridge to permanent housing in cities across the United States and is a time and cost-effective tool for sheltering the most vulnerable in the near future.  

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The Emergency Shelter will be operated within the guidelines of the Vermont State Standards for provision of assistance for Emergency Shelter.   The Emergency Shelter Community will be a fully managed site.  This is an example of a draft of typical community agreements and behavior guidelines for guests.The onsite Community Resource Center, operated by CVOEO, will provide supported services and case management. We are purchasing a modular building to provide this new exciting CRC space. 

Community Resource Center

Community Resource Center is currently operating during the Winter of 2021 and 2022 at the VFW, 177 S Winooski Ave, Burlington. The CRC will be moving to be co-located with the Shelter Community at Elmwood Avenue in the Summer of 2022. 

  • A warm place for houseless community members to escape the weather, enjoy a cup of coffee and a hot meal, learn about and access services and essential supplies, use the restroom, access a computer, charge their personal devices, connect with health services, COVID-19 vaccines and testing, and much more. 

  • The Community Resource Center has been heavily used and provided much needed services.​ 

  • Winter 2021 usage data: 621 unduplicated individuals;​ 30  average daily guests;​ 237 referrals to services;​121 referral to shelter services.  

The shelter module approach has proven effective in acting as a bridge to permanent housing in cities across the United States and is a time and cost-effective tool for sheltering the most vulnerable in the near future.  

Two manufacturers were selected following a Request for Proposals: 

  • Pallet has created shelter communities across the USA 
  • Up End This is developing new and exciting products, right in our Burlington backyard. 

Public Process

CEDO is committed to engaging with the community about the development of the Elmwood Ave site. 

Current outreach includes:

  • Community Neighbor Conversations, First Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington Sanctuary, 152 Pearl Street: 
    • April 7th, 6:00-7:30 PM
    • May 5th, 6:00-7:30 PM
    • June 2nd, 6:00-7:30 PM
    • June 30th, 6:00-7:30 PM
  • Presentation at Ward 2/3 NPA:
    • April 14th, 6:30 PM. 20 Allen Street Burlington, VT 05401 and remote.
  • Development Review Board Meeting:

Community members are encouraged to share their opinion. Comments can be sent to cedofd@burlingtonvt.gov or via phone at 802-865-7144.

Community Engagement Plan

Read CEDO's Community Engagement Plan for this project.

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On December 16th, 2021 Mayor Miro Weinberger released a 10 point action plan to end homelessness.

The Action Plan committed to: 

Double housing production over the next five years And End chronic homelessness in Burlington by the end of 2024 

It will achieve these goals by implementing 10 initiatives, including: 

  • Invest at least $5 million of ARPA funds, with at least $1 million designated for initiatives to better serve the chronically homeless and $4 million to build new permanently affordable housing.  

  • Invest in approximately 30 shelter pods and related infrastructure to create a new low-barrier facility for 2022.  

  • Create a Special Assistant to End Homelessness position within the City’s Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) to provide a single point of accountability for expanded community effort.  

  • Strengthen through new investment Chittenden County’s “Coordinated Entry” command center team that drives weekly progress towards functional zero with a comprehensive, real-time, by-name data effort.  

CEDO is working to implement this Action Plan, taking the following steps: 

Request to City Council 02/07/22, $2.975 Million ARPA funds for Addressing Homelessness - presentation. This funding request allowed CEDO to move forward with planning for the Shelter Village and the Community Resource Center. 

City Council will be considering the use of the site for these new projects on Monday March 21st 2022 

The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance (CCHA) 

The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, CCHA is a partnership of dozens of different people, organizations, and government entities working together to make homelessness rare and brief.  We serve the 17 communities in Chittenden County, Vermont, USA

CCHA Mission: 
The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and government entities who support our vision of a safe, decent, affordable, stable home for every person and family in Chittenden County.  Our mission is to end homelessness in Chittenden County by being a forum for gathering information, building consensus, coordinating efforts, and advocating the end of homelessness through prevention, early intervention, and remediation.

CCHA Vision:
The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance envisions a future in which every person and family in Chittenden County has a permanent, safe, decent, affordable home and the necessary means and community supports to sustain it

More information about the CCHA may be found here: http://www.cchavt.org/

Our outreach and consultation is ongoing, please check back here or on social media for more information about community meetings. The projects are developed and designed with information and ongoing input from the community of people with lived experience.  If you have comments or questions please contact: 

Email:  CedoFD@burlingtonvt.gov or Telephone:  802-865-7144

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