Advocacy at CVOEO

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), Jan Demers, former CVOEO Executive Director - Advocated for increased funding for VITA found in H.480 before House Ways and Means, Senate Finance, and House Appropriations.

Vermont Tenants, Sandrine Kibuey, Director – Working with legislatures to create a residential rental housing board to specify duties and rights related to local health officers and inspections of rental housing, and to direct the Department of Taxes to make available a database of Vermont rental housing.

Mobile Home Program, Sandrine Kibuey, Director - Working with legislators on legislation that will address the issue of park owners increasing lot rent without improvements to the property.  In certain cases, there is an increase in rent just below the allowable amount that would trigger legal action that can be taken or addressed by the residents.

Financial Futures, Kathryn Baudreau, Director –Testifying for H.480 (Creating an Opportunity Economy for All Vermonters), introduced last legislative session, to address establishing or increasing funding for several components of the program, including a statewide matched savings program. She testified to House Commerce and Appropriations to share how CVOEO invested the additional $20k we received this year from the Micro Business Development Program $100k increase, and to request that the one-time funding become part of our base funding moving forward.>

Champlain Valley Head Start, Paul Behrman, Director – Paul has recently testified before several Vermont Legislative committees around revisions to Vermont’s universal pre-kindergarten law.  Paul’s advocacy priorities include: (1) high quality systems to assure the health and safety of Vermont’s youngest children; (2) continued professional development of Vermont’s early care and learning workforce; and (3) sustainable funding for a universal, birth to age 5 early care and learning system in Vermont. 

Champlain Valley Weatherization, Dwight DeCoster, Director– testified several times before the legislature beginning with interest in a $100 million dollar bond, introduced by Neal Lunderville at Burlington Electric, to rapidly expand the work of Weatherization.He is now being asked to weigh in on H.877 – creating a workforce training pilot for Weatherization trades.


Voices Against Violence / Laurie's House, Kris Lukens, Director – Advocated for H.422 which would allow law enforcement to remove firearms from the scene of a domestic violence situation for up to 5 days.  H.422 focuses solely upon the prevention of domestic violence homicides at the most dangerous time for victims and their children.

CVOEO addresses fundamental issues of economic, social, environmental, and racial justice and works with people to achieve economic independence.


Serving more than 10,000 households annually,
impacting the lives of over 23,000 individuals