“We’re seeing homelessness in town for the first time in 15 years,” said Jay Wagstaff, of the Compass Church in Shelburne. “As the town gets bigger it’s a little more apparent, a little more in your face.”

He said that while food bank usage rates continue to rise in town, visible homelessness is also more present, with individuals sitting on street corners in the early morning hours and later in the evenings.

“There isn’t any shelter per se for these people to go,” he said, noting that it’s up to churches, the local food bank and other groups to connect individuals with resources.