Expanding Emergency Shelter

Elmwood Community Emergency Shelter

The Elmwood Community Emergency Shelter is one part of CEDO's investment in expanding emergency shelter.

The Elmwood Community Emergency Shelter opened to guests on Tuesday Februay 7th, 2023

You may find more information on shelter operations and the process for referral to the shelter on the Champlain Housing Trust website

For concerns or questions about the Elmwood Community Emergency Shelter - please use the site on-call number 802 209 5286

If you would like to join our community group to support the Elmwood Shelter then please email CEDO at cedofd@burlingtonvt.gov and we will add you to our mailing list.


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 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. 

There are currently more than 100 people on the waitlist for the Elmwood Emergency Shelter Community.

Explore Themes of the Project in Frequently Asked Questions:

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Public Process

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

Sign up to get updates and information HERE!

View a draft of CEDO's Community Engagement Plan HERE. 

Current outreach includes:

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

Community Resource Center

The Community Resource Center operated during the winters of 2021 and 2022 at the VFW, Burlington. and moved to its new home at Feeding Chittenden 228 N Winooski Avenue during 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. Visit the CRC at 228 N Winooski Ave, 8.30-2.30pm - Mon-Fri

CEDO recognizes the need and impact of the Community Resource Center. It is been heavily used and provides much needed services to some of the most vulnerable in our community. Our partners at CVOEO are responsible for day to day operations and providing food services to the project and comment here on future plans.

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

· Winter 2022 usage data - more than 850 unduplicated individuals with guests numbers between 17 and 101 individuals, daily. The CRC served more than 2,000 meals per month, referred clients to services, helped with emergency shelter, provided essential supplies, and much, much, more

Read More on This Project!

Mayor Miro Weinberger's Press Release 9/6/2022

Draft Community Management Plan version 7/20/22

Draft Elmwood Avenue Site Plan

FAQ's (Updated 5/17/22)

Condensed FAQ's


Other Successful Modular Emergency Shelter Communities:


Westlake Village, Los Angeles

Madison, Wisconsin

North Hollywood, Los Angeles


Thank you to our partners, for making this project possible!

If you need help with homelessness prevention, access to services, or shelter, please call 211.