Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:24 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:24:58 GMT
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.Police say the fire was set to a residence that was occupied by 4 adults and 2 childrenMore >>
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:00:22 GMT
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday. A press release says various law enforcement from multiple agencies at the federal, state,More >>
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.A press release says the agreement includes the development ofMore >>
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.More >>
BURLINGTON, Vt. -
Imagine being homeless on a night like tonight... it's hard to. But despite the bitter air, some people will be sleeping outside.
We wanted to find out what resources are out there for the homeless, who checks on them, and do they even use the help that's offered. Well, I got some answers. I went to a homeless camp in Burlington today.
Matt Sweet told me, "I like the freedom."
He's been living on the streets of Burlington for 25 years. He invited me into his home. His walls, milk crates… his bed, couch cushions... his kitchen, hangs from a tarp. For Sweet, 15 degrees is tolerable, but his limit.
"Lots and lots of blankets, we do have a campfire right over here," Sweet said.
Sweet shares the home with two others. I promised not to say where it's at because it's technically not supposed to be there, but most nights; this is where they bunker down. But when I stopped by, it was empty, which was actually good to see because that means many of the homeless have reached out and asked for help.
For the first time in a long time, Sweet slept inside Tuesday.
When temperatures dip below 20, and the shelters are full; the state pays for a few nights in a motel. Last year the state spent more than two million dollars on emergency motel stays.
I asked, "how did it feel to sleep on a mattress?" Sweet laughed and said, "I've got a back ache!"
The Anchorage Inn is where Stefanie Comstock and I picked up Sweet. Comstock is a Safe Harbor Outreach Case Worker. Every day, rain or shine, she checks on the homeless because being exposed to the elements can be deadly, especially if alcohol is involved.
"Their blood thins, and then their hands and feet get frostbite, it can be pretty severe," Comstock said.
I asked Sweet, "have you lost any friends because of the cold?" He said sadly, "last year, Paul, the year before that, Andy, and Bobby and yea... definitely."
Safe Harbor works with the homeless to get everyone an ID because you have to have one to stay at a motel.
Safe Harbor is also always in need of donations. I asked Matt what items are extra helpful… he said, socks, long underwear and Sterno.
Even The Homeless Have A Home When It Gets This ColdMore>>