City Nixes Winter Family Shelter Plan

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The city of Burlington has rejected a plan by the owners of a hostel to use their Main Street facility as a shelter for homeless families during the winter.

Officials say the steady flow of backpackers and other traditional users of the 48-bed hostel dries up in the winter and the Burlington Hostel has closed in past years.

The Chittenden Valley Office of Economic Opportunity is a local anti-poverty agency. It says there’s a need for housing for homeless families.

But the Burlington Planning and Zoning Department has nixed the proposal, saying the hostel isn’t equipped to accommodate that use.

The Burlington Free Press reports the hostel’s owners, Brian and Olga Damler, have appealed the zoning board’s decision.

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