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Re: “Vermont Has 12 Coronavirus Cases, With Signs of Community Spread

If Vermont moves to closing restaurants, bars, gyms, and other businesses, many of the part-time hourly employees who are living paycheck to paycheck will never recover financially. Most low income Vermonters have no savings to fall back on. Missing even one paycheck can result in financial disaster. Landlords often won't wait for their money and if they do, charge late fees. Utility companies won't just say free electric, gas, and water for a month or two. Car payments have to be made or you lose your car to repo. Even if people have an aid program to apply for there is always going to be a wait time to get help. What about seniors and people on SSDI who can't afford to stock up on enough supplies if you close stores. People have to think about what this is going to do to people....people will become homeless because of this.

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Posted by Peggy George on 03/16/2020 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Pop-Up Campers: As a City Policy Rewrite Stalls, the Homeless Pitch Tents

Homelessness is a huge problem in Vermont. The reason it is such a problem is that rental rates even for the worst apartments are incredibly expensive. If a person works full time for $10 an hour, they only bring home $1400 a month after taxes. Rent alone for 1 bedrooms is often at least $1,000 a month not counting utilities. I know some senior citizens who get less than $900.00 a month on Social Security. All of them are on waiting lists for housing assistance. Most have been on the waiting lists for years. I know disabled people who get less than $600 a month from SSDI. Even if people get approved for Section 8 or Senior housing, the program will not pay security deposits for people. People can't save money for a security deposit, if they do not have enough money to meet their day to day living expenses, as it is. If they have the security deposit for the apartment, then low income people still have issues getting landlords to lease to them. Many landlords require incomes to be 2.5 - 3 times the rent and utility costs. Most landlord also require good credit scores. Most people with low incomes that have lost their jobs due to a medical disability have lots of debt including defaulted student loans, credit cards, car repos, even foreclosures, and evictions for non payment of rent on their credit reports. All those things lower credit scores a lot. If it were illegal for a landlord to refuse to rent an apartment because of a low credit score, less people would be homeless.

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Posted by Peggy George on 06/01/2019 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Walters: Scott Administration Explores Radical School System Reorg

Personally, as a parent of school aged children, I feel that taking control of our children's education away from the local community is a very bad idea, that would create a lot of problems. Different districts within the state have different population mixes and therefore different student needs. One district may have a large number of poor students from needy families that need a lot of extra support. Another district may have more children from affluent families, and may be more concerned about funding after school sports, than school lunches. Gone would be the local school board members knowing most of the local families and individual students would become just a number..... BAD IDEA.

18 likes, 22 dislikes
Posted by Peggy George on 01/11/2019 at 12:04 PM

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