The Committee on Temporary Shelter Waystation

Shelter details

  • Added Apr 11, 2018 | Last Update Jun 13, 2022
  • 187 Church St
       Burlington, VT 05401
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  • (802) 862-7776

Mission Statement

"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. "
- Source: The Committee on Temporary Shelter Waystation website


This is a 36-bed shelter for men and women, ages 18 and older, who have no other place to sleep at night except for the streets.
Individuals are expected to save 70% of their income while staying in COTS shelter.
Located on lower Church Street in downtown Burlington since 1983, the shelter is open 6:15 p.m. to 8 a.m., 365 days a year.
In 2014, 301 individuals stayed in emergency shelter.
Shelter demand typically slows in warmer months, but these shelters have operated at full capacity since the summer of 2008.
For shelter bed availability, check in at 9 a.m. at the COTS Daystation: 95 North Avenue, Burlington.
After 6 p.m., call the Waystation at 802-862-7776 or come in-person to 187 Church Street, Burlington.

COTS Daystation is located at 95 North Avenue, Burlington, VT. Its open seven days a week, from 9 am to 5 pm
This daytime drop-in shelter is open 365 days a year seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It offers a refuge from the streets and access to an array of services and medical care.
This is where individuals can meet with COTS staff and connect with local resources, receive mail and telephone calls, and find support toward their goal of self-sufficiency.
Daystation staff provide support, assistance and referrals, as well as educational and recreational opportunities whenever possible.
Their Daystation offers free showers and laundry facilities.
Each day, they average 10 showers, and 4.5 loads of laundry.
The Daystation provides a free noontime meal each day.
They are always looking for community members to help provide this critical service.

To learn more about how you can help the Daystation's lunch program, contact their Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist, Sian Leach: 864-740-2207 or

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