Vermont Business Magazine Barbara Duffield, a national advocate on childhood homelessness, spoke Friday at the COTS Annual Meeting & Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast on the nationwide rise of family homelessness and negative impact that is having on children.
COTS Annual Meeting Honorees
Also, at the Annual Meeting, COTS recognized community members and businesses for their support this past year. The honorees include:
– Leahy Leadership Award: Richard Williams of Moretown, the executive director of the Vermont State Housing Authority, was recognized with this advocacy honor for his tireless efforts to target scarce housing subsidies for those most in need. He has advocated for the policies to end family homelessness in Vermont, strongly supported the Vermont Rental Subsidy program, and helped maximize the federal VASH program in Vermont to move homeless veterans move off the streets and into permanent affordable housing. “I have colleagues in many parts of the country who work at places like COTS,” said Rita Markley, COTS executive director, “and I can assure you that it is a very rare thing indeed to have such an open-minded, generous and compassionate leader heading a statewide housing authority.”