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Friday, December 9, 2016

CHT Buys Motel to House Hospital Patients, Homeless

Posted By on Fri, Dec 9, 2016 at 11:12 AM

University of Vermont Medical Center main campus - COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT MEDICAL CENTER
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  • University of Vermont Medical Center main campus
The University of Vermont Medical Center is investing in a cure for an all-too common patient problem: a lack of housing.

The hospital partnered with Champlain Housing Trust to purchase a Burlington motel that will lodge patients who are homeless or need temporary housing. On Friday, CHT announced its agreement to use donated UVMMC dollars to buy the Bel-Aire Motel on Shelburne Street in Burlington’s South End. The purchase is expected to be finalized this month.

CHT plans to refurbish the motel to create eight apartments that can house 12 people. Permitting and renovations on the property will begin this winter, and the space could ready for tenants by April, CHT officials said.

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