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John W. Graham Emergency Shelter

69 Main Street
Vergennes, VT 05491

Class of Housing: serves homeless individuals and families including seniors, pregnant women, infants and small children veterans, those who are in recovery, those living with mental illness and/or those with mental and physical disabilities, and those with chronic h

General Information:

Currently the John Graham Shelter serves homeless individuals and families including seniors, pregnant women, infants and small children veterans, those who are in recovery, those living with mental illness and/or those with mental and physical disabilities, and those with chronic health problems.

The Shelter itself can house up to 25 homeless residents at any time. We also offer scattered transitional housing at three Shelter-owned and numerous scattered-site apartments owned by private and public landlords where we can serve up to 75 persons at a time.
Families and individuals living at the Shelter or in transitional housing have a chance to spell out their own goals and work with a case manager toward achieve their goals. The Shelter offers services including transportation, mental health and substance abuse counseling, and help with benefits, housing search and job search.


In 2011-2012, the Shelter undertook and completed a major renovation of our 69 Main Street Shelter, which is an historic site. The rehabilitation served to expand and improve sleeping, living and counseling spaces for residents; upgrade fire safety and efficiency measures; and uplift a building that has served well during 30 years of hard use.
Then in October of 2013, we purchased a beautiful three unit home in  Vergennes which will house families transitioning from the Shelter to permanent housing.

All four of the Shelter’s facilities are in Addison County’s compact downtown areas, close to services and employment, and served by public transit. Shelter service coordinators and counselors visit regularly to help families work on their goals and search for permanent housing.

Website: http://johngrahamshelter.org/

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Helpful Definitions For John W. Graham Emergency Shelter:

Transitional housing is affordable supportive housing designed to provide housing and appropriate support services to persons who are homeless or who are close to homelessness. The transition is to help them be more self sufficient to move towards independent living on their own. Transitional housing locations are oftentimes called Halfway Houses. The naming of the two (Halfway House OR Transitional House) is oftentimes interchangeable.

Many Transitional Housing programs are subsidized and are income based. Income based transitional housing generally charges 30% of your income for rent when you do have income. Contact the transitional housing facility to see if this applies.

Services provided at transitional housing facilities varies from substance abuse treatment, to psychological assistance, job training, domestic violence assistance, etc. The assistance provided varies, but it is generally affordable and low cost housing. Read the descriptions of each of the transitional living locations for more detailed information. Transitional housing facilities also may or may not assist with alcohol and/or drug substance abuse treatment.Drug And Alcohol Rehab programs are intended to treat alcohol and/or drug dependency.  The cost of participating in one of these programs and the method of treatment range significantly. The database operated on this website only includes residential rehab programs (not outpatient programs). We also provide Access to Recovery (ATR) Grant programs for substance abuse treatment. 

Vergennes, VT Alcohol and Drug Rehab
Local Rehab Assistance: 855-401-7007
Call for location and rates for rehab.

How To Volunteer at John W. Graham Emergency Shelter:

Be a volunteer. Call John W. Graham Emergency Shelter at 802-877-2677 for current volunteer work opportunities.

As A General Note About ShelterListings.org Listings:

ShelterListings.org does our best to provide listings that are free of cost. Many of the homeless shelters and services are free of charge. Some do charge small fees. We always urge the users of our website to visit the websites of the providers listed, OR give them a phone call to find out complete details.

In furtherance; Halfway Houses, Transitional Housing, and Substance Abuse Treatment Centers for the most part charge a fee. Most of the substance abuse resources we provide are low cost, Medicaid or sliding scale fee. We provide as much information as possible on the website of these locations.

Rooming and Boarding Houses do charge fees. We list them where we find them. They are a nice low cost option for housing.

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