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Human Services : Homeless Services

Committee on Temporary Shelter

Because everybody deserves a home

87.62

P.O. Box 1616 Burlington, VT 05402
tel: (802) 864-7402   Web Site
EIN: 03-0285606

Board Leadership
Beth Anderson
Chair

CEO
Rita Markley
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 87.62
  Financial 86.39
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Mission Statement: 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.

Core Values: We believe: in the value and dignity of every human life; that housing is a fundamental human right; and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont. COTS is a private nonprofit, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The nationally recognized nonprofit operates two family shelters, an overnight shelter and a daytime shelter for single adults, and four facilities providing permanent and transitional housing. The COTS Housing Resource Center is a homelessness prevention program that helps households in financial crisis avert homelessness or move more quickly into housing.

Mission Statement: 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.

Core Values: We believe: in the value and dignity of every human life; that housing is a fundamental human right; and that emergency shelter is not the solution to homelessness.

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is the largest service provider for the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless in Vermont. COTS is a private nonprofit, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

The nationally recognized nonprofit operates two family shelters, an overnight shelter and a daytime shelter for single adults, and four facilities providing permanent and transitional housing. The COTS Housing Resource Center is a homelessness prevention program that helps households in financial crisis avert homelessness or move more quickly into housing.

Impact & Results Score

Score
75/100
Program Name: Firehouse Family Shelter, Main Street Family Shelter and Waystation Shelter
Program Name: Firehouse Family Shelter, Main Street Family Shelter and Waystation Shelter

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
Committee On Temporary Shelter provides people experiencing homelessness with a temporary place to stay.
Impact Statement
$70 provides a night of shelter for a person experiencing homelessness.
Assessment Benchmark
Impact & Results scores of emergency shelters are based on the cost of providing a night of shelter relative to the Fair Market Rent in that county. Programs receive an Impact & Results score of 100 if they are less than 200% the cost of a meal and a score of 75 if they are less than 400%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Committee on Temporary Shelter.
Data Source
We look for self-reported shelter nights. If we cannot find this information we estimate it using HIC data.
Method for Attributing Outcomes
We assume that the provision of shelter by one nonprofit does not diminish the provision of shelter by any other (neighboring) nonprofit. We also assume there is, in general, no slack capacity in the homeless shelter system. In the absence of a given shelter, beneficiaries would not be able to stay at another shelter because other shelters are assumed to have no beds to spare. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of September 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

86.39

Accountability & Transparency

89.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
79.1%
  Administrative Expenses 8.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 12.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.15
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.19
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Committee on Temporary Shelter on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Committee on Temporary Shelter on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Committee on Temporary Shelter (VT) 87.62
Safe Haven Family Shelter (TN) 94.42
Metrocrest Services (TX) 94.69
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (NE) 92.10
St. John Center (KY) 87.72

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $1,540,790
   Federated Campaigns $51,745
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $511,518
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $845,407
Total Contributions $2,949,460
   Program Service Revenue $491,463
Total Primary Revenue $3,440,923
   Other Revenue $104,781
TOTAL REVENUE $3,545,704
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,981,426
   Administrative Expenses $331,864
   Fundraising Expenses $428,031
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,741,321
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-195,617
   
Net Assets $7,954,874

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Emergency Shelter for Families $913,579 30.6%
Homelessness Prevention Program $751,710 25.2%
Emergency Shelter for Single Adults $634,935 21.3%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 87.62
2018-09 10/01/2019 87.26
2017-09 03/01/2019 88.33
2017-09 12/01/2018 87.33
2016-09 03/01/2018 91.86
2015-09 03/01/2017 86.10
2014-09 06/01/2016 86.36
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 82.24
2013-09 04/01/2015 88.06
2012-09 07/01/2014 89.03
2012-09 11/01/2013 87.97
2011-09 10/01/2012 92.14
2010-09 11/01/2011 89.77
2009-09 09/20/2011 84.26
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/22/2010 97.35
2008-09 02/01/2010 86.49
2007-09 11/01/2008 78.19
2006-09 02/01/2008 84.69

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 03-0285606
Name in IRS Master File COMMITTEE ON TEMPORARY SHELTER
NTEE Code L41
NTEE Classification Homeless, Temporary Shelter For
NTEE Type Housing, Shelter
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$100,701 2.69% Rita Markley Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Committee on Temporary Shelter (VT) 87.62
Metrocrest Services (TX) 94.69
Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (NE) 92.10
Christ House (DC) 93.73
Lazarus House (MA) 88.68

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Charity Contact Info

Committee on Temporary Shelter
P.O. Box 1616
Burlington, VT 05402
tel: (802) 864-7402
EIN: 03-0285606

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Board Leadership

Beth Anderson
Chair

CEO

Rita Markley
Executive Director

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