Corrections Department To Add More Transitional Housing

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Department of Corrections says it's funding more than 270 beds and apartments for transitional housing and services for incarcerated people who are released from correctional facilities.

That includes providing housing in Lamoille and Orange counties, where housing had not previously been funded, the department said this week.

“We are excited to work with both existing and new partners to provide individualized services and housing that optimize people’s dignity, stability and personal choice," Corrections Commissioner James Baker said in a statement. "By providing congregate and scattered-site apartments, both with intensive supports, we’re offering a broader range of localized opportunities for successful reintegration into the community.”

The move also includes funding two new community justice centers, the department said.

A request for proposals was issued in January and 25 organizations applied in March, officials said. The department is working with 15 organizations on the additional housing and services.