COTS

The Committee on Temporary Shelter is located in the heart of Burlington, Vermont and is a place where suffering families and people without a place to stay can go to when they are in times of need. The COTS mission statement reads:

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for people who are homeless or marginally housed in Vermont. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to end homelessness.

We believe:

  • in the value and dignity of every human life.
  • that housing is a fundamental human right.
  • that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness


There are currently six different locations where help and shelter is available in Burlington.  COTS has a long history, it all began in 1982 when they opened their doors on Christmas Eve. in 1983, they finally opened year round as a non-profit housing community. In 1988, the organization took on the problem of whole families facing homelessness and turned an abandoned firehouse into a new place of residence in Burlington. The history keeps going and COTS keeps getting better. The one things that isn’t getting better is homelessness. It’s a serious issue that needs to be solved. But until it is solved, places like COTS will be around to help those in need. There are many things you can do to help with COTS; like participating in the COTS walk each year, volunteering at a shelter or donating like my family does.

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