At the end of SFY 2021, 66% (168) of active FSH families were stably housed (i.e., families who are in housing and not at risk of losing their housing). This represents a significant decline compared with 76% (101) families active at the end of SFY 2020 who were stably housed. A significant contributing factor here is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the housing market. Lack of apartment turnover due to the COVID eviction moratorium and an uptick in demand for Vermont real estate have led to historically low apartment vacancy rates throughout the state, making it more challenging to move from homelessness to housed.
It is worth noting that the figures shown in the chart above do not include families who are in the process of searching for housing. When we included these families in our analysis of end of year data for SFY 2021, we found that 76% (195) of families were stably housed or had access to a voucher and were actively searching for housing.