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Joint Committee on Tax Credits to review qualified allocation plan on September 29th

Posted Sep 16, 2014 at 3:37 pm by Victoria Johnson

Vermont’s Joint Committee on Tax Credits has scheduled its review of the qualified allocation plan for Monday, September 29, 2014. Read meeting specifics below:

Time and Location:

  • 1:00pm-4:00pm
  • Vermont Housing Finance Agency, 164 St. Paul St., Burlington, VT

Tentative Topics:

  • Review of developer fee policy:
    • VHFA recommendations.
  • Discussion of appraisals, operating costs, and requests for resources:
    • Discussion of current policies.
    • How should these look when underwriting applications?
  • Discussion/clarification on current definition of special needs housing:
    • How does AHS review this?
    • Should QAP changes be made? If so, process for input, when?
  • Discussion on current priorities/limitations, including age-segregated housing:
    • Review of current data.
    • Should QAP changes be made? If so, process for input, when?
  • Other State and Federal Policy Issues.

Housing events calendar for week of June 9, 2014

Posted Jun 9, 2014 at 9:39 am by Victoria Johnson

weekly plannerOrganizing your schedule for the week? Check out the list below and the Events Calendar page on VHFA’s website for the latest Vermont housing events.


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition Monthly Meeting

  • 9:30 am-11:30am
  • Vermont Center for Independent Living, 11 East State Street, Montpelier, VT

VAHC membership meetings are usually held the second Wednesday of every month except August, same time, same place. Join us early at 9 for coffee and networking. More information: Justin Henry, VAHC, 802.660.9484


Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Building inclusive and vibrant communities

  • 6:30 pm-8:30pm
  • Bethel Town Hall, 318 Main Street, Bethel, VT

Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission and the statewide Fair Housing Project of CVOEO offer a presentation and group discussion about building inclusive and economically vibrant communities. Such communities create opportunities for regional economic growth and stability of businesses, agriculture and tourism. They are supportive of business owners as well as those who work for businesses in the towns. Special panel of guest speakers. Local Contact: Loralee Morrow (802) 457-3188 X 20 | lmorrow@trorc.org and Fair Housing Project: Ted Wimpey, (802) 660-3456 x 106 | fhp@cvoeo.org.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Hold the Date – Press Conference

  • Harrington Village, 5059 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT

Press Conference with Rep. Welch on Tiberi-Neal Housing Credit Rate Bill.




Vermont Managers Association Fair Housing Training in April

Posted Mar 7, 2014 at 9:25 am by Victoria Johnson

blocksVermont Housing Managers Association (VHMA) is offering a one day training with Fair Housing Solutions, LLC.

  • April 16, 2014 8:30 AM-4:00 PM  (Registration opens at 7:30a.m.) 
  • Fireside Inn & Suites, 25 Airport Road, West Lebanon, NH.
  • Registration Deadline: April 1, 2014.
  • Registration Cost: $195.00 per person for VHMA/ GSMA members $320.00 per person for Non-members (Lunch is included in the registration cost).

Topics to be covered at this training will include:

  • Introduction to the Fair Housing Act;
  • Protected Classes and discriminatory conduct under the Fair Housing Act;
  • Fair Housing Impact on applicant screening; Reasonable accommodation;
  • How to analyze requests for service, companion, and other assistance animals;
  • Reasonable modification;
  • What constitutes a “direct threat” under the Fair Housing Act and how does that impact violent behavior caused by a disability?;
  • Specific policies that may have a discriminatory impact on the basis of race, national origin, and sex;
  • Special issues to consider to avoid discriminating on the basis of familial status;
  • Housing harassment and how to develop and implement a housing anti-­‐harassment policy;
  • HUD Mortgagee Letter and how it will affect your future CNAs,PNAs and GPNAs;
  • The BIG Differences in managing your properties in the coming years and how Baby Boomers will affect Accessibility; April, 2013 News on HUD’s Final Rule to provide comprehensive direction to owners and agents who are processing request for assistance animals and companion animals;
  • The latest (April 2013) HUD & DOJ Joint Statement on Fair Housing Act Accessibility Guidelines and how it will affect your properties.

For more information contact Vermont Housing Managers Association, 802.535.3594, http://www.vhma.net/events.php.

Housing events calendar for week of December 2, 2013

Posted Nov 27, 2013 at 2:57 pm by Victoria Johnson

weekly plannerOrganizing your schedule for next week? Check out the list below and the Events Calendar page on VHFA’s website for the latest Vermont housing events.

Webinar: Approaching the True Cost of Living: The Location Affordability Portal

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2013
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM   Webinar, Burlington, VT

Did you know that transportation costs are the second-biggest budget item for most families?  Combine that with housing costs, and you have a major driver of decision-making for American families. Earlier this year, HUD released the Location Affordability Portal to provide the public with reliable, user-friendly data and resources on combined housing and transportation costs.  The portal can help consumers, policymakers, and developers make more informed decisions about where to live, work, and invest. APDU board member Kathryn Pettit, along with Josh Geyer from HUD, will demonstrate two portal tools, the Location Affordability Index and My Transportation Cost Calculator.  They will also discuss the resources and research available to better crunch housing and transportation data. Presenters: Kathryn Pettit, Urban Institute Josh Geyer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development  Cost: APDU Members:  Free C2ER Members:  Free LMI Institute Members:  Free Non-Members:  $50. APDU is a national network that links users, producers, and disseminators of government statistical data.  Our members share a vital concern about the collection, dissemination, preservation, and interpretation of public data.  As an association, we are committed to helping users identify public data that meet their needs and applying those data in cost-effective and appropriate ways, establishing effective two-way communication between data producers and users, and bringing the perspectives and concerns of public data users to bear on important issues of government information and statistical policy. More information: http://apdu.org/events/approaching-the-true-cost-of-living-the-location-affordability-portal/.


The New England Housing Network Conference

  • Friday, December 6, 2013
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM   The Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center, 1657 Worcester Road, Framingham, MA

The conference will have a number of highlights, some of which will include: Remarks by Barbara Fields, New England Regional Administrator, HUD Presentations by national advocates such as: Joe Belden, Deputy Executive Director, Housing Assistance Council Barbara Burnham, Vice President for Federal Policy, Local Initiatives Support Corporation Sheila Crowley, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities Debbie Weinstein, Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs Workshops on the following topics: Strategies to End Homelessness Section 8 Voucher Solutions Green and Healthy Housing Initiatives Creating an Affordable Housing Message RAD and Public Housing Foreclosures and Housing Counseling Implication of Tax Policies and Financial Reform on Affordable Housing Rural Development Zoning and Land Use: The Impact of the latest U.S. Supreme Court decision Social Innovation Bonds A plenary session featuring the Housing Finance Agency Executive Directors from all 6 New England states.  More details of the conference and registration information will soon be released. More information: http://www.chapa.org/event/save-date-new-england-housing-network-annual-conference-december-6-2013.

Housing events calendar for week of November 18, 2013

Posted Nov 15, 2013 at 11:57 am by Victoria Johnson

Organizing your schedule for next week? Check out the list below and the Events Calendar page on VHFA’s website for the latest Vermont housing events.


VCEH Monthly Meeting

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM   Vermont Tech Enterprise Center, 1540 VT Route 66, Randolph, VT

Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness monthly meeting. More information: Justin Henry, VCEH, 802.660.9484, http://vtcoalitiontoendhomelessness.wordpress.com/.


Rural Edge Homebuyer Education Workshop

  • Tuesday, November 19, 2013
  • 5:30 PM-9:30 PM   Gilman Housing Trust Office, 48 Elm Street, Lyndonville, VT

You’ll learn about….. the home buying process. Choosing a home. Types of mortgages. Closing costs. Talking with a lender. Possible incentives. Register early and take advantage of our reduced rate of $50.00. Please sign in at 5:15pm. Registration Fee $60.00. More information: 888.698.8466, staceyd@nekhome.org, http://www.myvthome.org.


Hickory Street Apartments Phase II Ribbon Cutting

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • 1:30 PM-3:00 PM  Community Building, 15 Juneberry Lane, Rutland, VT

Join the Rutland Housing Authority and Housing Vermont to celebrate the completion of the second phase of the new Hickory Street neighborhood. Twenty-three apartments and space for community organizations join the 33 apartments created in the first phase. All are invited to this community event and to take a free tour of the buildings. More information: http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/news/2013/11/november-21-hickory-street-apartments-phase-ii-ribbon-cutting/.


Rural Edge Homebuyer Education Workshop

  • Thursday, November 21, 2013
  • 5:30 PM-9:30 PM   Gilman Housing Trust Office, 48 Elm Street, Lyndonville, VT

You’ll learn about….. the home buying process. Choosing a home. Types of mortgages. Closing costs. Talking with a lender. Possible incentives. Register early and take advantage of our reduced rate of $50.00. Please sign in at 5:15pm. Registration Fee $60.00. More information: 888.698.8466, staceyd@nekhome.org, http://www.myvthome.org.


Vermont & New Hampshire Homeless Summit: The Crossroads of Homelessness and Justice Involvement

  • Friday, November 22, 2013
  • 9:00 AM-12:00 PM   White River Junction VA Medical Center, Building 14, Room 103, White River Junction, VT

We invite you to join us as we continue to strengthen collaborations between the White River Junction VAMC, the Manchester VAMC and our community partners who serve Veterans facing homelessness and involvement in the justice system. Please call (802) 295-9363 x5672 to register so that we can be sure to accommodate all who wish to attend. 9:00-9:15 Sign in 9:15-9:30 Introductions/Charge for the day 9:30-10:00 Veteran Justice Outreach Program 10:00-11:00 Concurrent Breakout Sessions• Identifying and addressing the unique needs of Veterans in the Courts• Veteran identification and data collection throughout the Justice System• Integrating care between the VA and the Department of Corrections• Developing community partnerships to support Justice Involved Veterans 11:00-11:15 Break 11:15-11:45 Report out from breakout groups and next steps 11:45-12:00 Closing remarks More information: Judy Farrell, 802.295.9363, Judy.Farrell@va.gov.


Mitten drive to keep little hands warm this winter

Posted Nov 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm by Victoria Johnson

It’s time for VHFA’s annual mitten drive. This year we are collecting mittens for Burlington’s Women Helping Battered Women and we need your help.  Donations of new mittens and gloves to our office on the corner of King and St. Paul Streets in Burlington are heartily welcome any time before Monday, December 16. Waterproof gloves and mittens are especially appreciated.

There’s also another way to help.  For every new fan that joins our Facebook page,  VHFA will donate a pair of mittens.  Facebook users can visit the VHFA page, and become fans by clicking the “Like” button at the top of the page.

VHFA staff will stuff each donated item with candy in time to have them distributed to the children before the holidays.

Women Helping Battered Women is a non-profit community organization that promotes personal and social wellness through educational, recreational, and social programs to give children and families the life-building skills necessary for healthy and productive futures.  Last year WHBW served more than 3100 children. We would love to have a pair of mittens for every child.

Employment opportunity – Home Education Counselor position available

Posted Oct 28, 2013 at 12:28 pm by Victoria Johnson

Make a difference in people’s lives!

Join Champlain Housing Trust’s homeownership team as a counselor and help people fulfill one of their most important needs – housing.

You will provide the education and tools to help people build credit, rent an apartment, or purchase a home. You will also assist people in preventing delinquency and foreclosure. They’re looking for a team player with outstanding interpersonal and teaching skills who supports CHT’s mission of permanent and affordable housing. You must be well-organized, a creative problem-solver, and willing to travel to trainings and workshops. Counseling and public speaking experience, as well as knowledge of housing, mortgage lending, personal finance, and community resources a plus.  Full-time position, with some nights and weekends required.

CHT is a socially responsible employer offering competitive salary and benefit package. Submit cover letter and resume by November 18th to Human Resources, Champlain Housing Trust, 88 King Street, Burlington, VT 05401 or hr@champlainhousingtrust.org.  No phone calls.

Equal Opportunity Employer – CHT is committed to a diverse workplace and encourages women, persons with disabilities, Section 3 residents, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.

Employment opportunity: Occupancy and Compliance Manager position available

Posted Oct 22, 2013 at 12:20 pm by Victoria Johnson

Cathedral Square is seeking an Occupancy and Compliance Manager.

The Occupancy and Compliance Manager (OCM) is responsible for: ensuring compliance with all funding regulations & requirements (HUD, LIHTC, RD, HOME, etc); overseeing intake for all properties in CSC’s portfolio; acting as system administrator for our housing management software, BostonPost; coordinating all audits and reviews with all outside agencies; overseeing payment and collection activities at all properties; managing the eviction process from start to finish; administering CSC’s contracted compliance services to other agencies; processing Reasonable Accommodation/Modification requests; overseeing Fair Housing compliance activities; conducting staff trainings; and managing Occupancy & Compliance staff. The OCM also works closely with all other departments and CSC staff on policy development & implementation, maintenance services, and lease enforcement.

Qualifications:  Must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.  A property management and/or financial background is preferred.  Must have excellent written and oral communication skills as well as strong organizational skills.  The ability to maintain confidentiality, exercise good judgment and to work closely and cooperatively with staff to insure the smooth administration of programs is essential in this position. Experience with property management software, MS Word and Excel are required.  Knowledge of housing regulations is required.  Prior supervisory experience preferred.

This is a full-time position located in South Burlington.  CSC offers a competitive salary, excellent benefit package and a friendly working environment.

Submit resume or application to:

CSC, Human Resources

412 Farrell Street, Suite 100

South Burlington, VT 05403

Fax to: (802) 863-6661 or email to: jobs@cathedralsquare.org



Housing events calendar for week of October 14, 2013

Posted Oct 11, 2013 at 10:08 am by Victoria Johnson

Organizing your schedule for next week? Check out the list below and the Events Calendar page on VHFA’s website for the latest Vermont housing events.


 VCEH Monthly Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • 10:00 AM-12:00 PM   Vermont Tech Enterprise Center, 1540 VT Route 66, Randolph, VT

The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness will be discussing preliminary planning of the 2014 Point-in-Time count. More information: Justin Henry, VCEH, 802.660.9484, justin.vahc@gmail.com., http://vtcoalitiontoendhomelessness.wordpress.com/.


HMIS Workflow Workshop

  • Tuesday, October 15, 2013
  • 11:30 AM-3:30 PM  VT SBDC Technology Center, 1 Main Street, Randolph, VT

The Single HMIS Exploration Committee, a joint committee of the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness and the Chittenden County Continuum of Care, will be hosting a workshop to identify the needs and requirements of a Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The goal of the workshop is to provide a brief, non-technical overview of the purpose and goals of a HMIS, briefly discuss the overall process of selecting and implementing an HMIS solution, and identify what HMIS is and how it can be used at attendee’s agencies.  A key part of the workshop includes a definition of what a workflow process is, why it is important to any agency’s successful operations, how it is a critical piece of HMIS software selection, and how to map it.  Participants will work together to conduct a workflow analysis that will teach attendees how to document their own workflows for intake, enrollment, and service delivery. Attendees will then be able to use this information within their own organizations to understand how the HMIS can positively impact their work and data flow and identify ways in which the process could be improved by an HMIS. This will be a valuable opportunity for homeless service providers across the state to begin working together to identify how HMIS is currently used and how it could be used to improve service delivery, facilitate coordinated assessment, and support performance measurement while supporting the everyday program tasks. The workshop will focus on issues that are relevant to agency leadership, program managers and case managers or other staff that use HMIS on a daily basis.  Because the goal is to understand existing and desired process, it is especially important for non-technical people who are familiar with provider processes to attend.  The details: For more information, and to send in your RSVP, please email Justin Henry at justin.vahc@gmail.com.


Upper Valley-OnTheMap Webinar

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • 1:30 PM-2:30 PM  Webinar, Upper Valley-OnTheMap

The U.S. Census Bureau and the Local Employment Dynamics (LED) Partnership in collaboration with the Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) invite you to attend our monthly webinar. This webinar, “Upper Valley-OnTheMap” offers a regional analysis using OnTheMap to look at a cross border area in the State of New Hampshire. The presentation will include a brief introduction to OnTheMap for attendees who are unfamiliar with the product, as well as discussion of what information OnTheMap can provide and the type of questions that can be answered using it.  Our presenter, Amy Finamore, attended the University of Massachusetts Lowell where she received her Bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science and Master’s in Economics. Her graduate thesis was on the Economic Impacts of Burmese Migration to the United States. She currently works for the State of New Hampshire as a Labor Market Analyst II.  This webinar is recommended for users at all experience levels. * Date subject to change pending government shutdown. Free.


Rural Edge Homebuyer Education Workshop

  • Saturday, October 19, 2013
  • 8:30 AM-4:30 PM  Emory Hebard State Office Building, 100 Main Street, Newport, VT

You’ll learn about….. the home buying process. Choosing a home. Types of mortgages. Closing costs. Talking with a lender. Possible incentives. Register early and take advantage of our reduced rate of $50.00. Please sign in at 8:15am. Registration Fee $60.00. More information: 888.698.8466, staceyd@nekhome.org, http://www.myvthome.org.


Housing events calendar for week of September 16, 2013

Posted Sep 12, 2013 at 3:56 pm by Victoria Johnson

Organizing your schedule for next week? Check out the list below and the Events Calendar page on VHFA’s website for the latest Vermont housing events.


Monday-Wednesday, September 16-18 Solutions 2013: National Conference on State and Local Housing Policy

  • The Marriott Marquis
  • 265 Peachtree Center Ave NE, Atlanta, GA

Millions of Americans continue to struggle with severe housing cost burdens, foreclosures, and other housing challenges that undermine their health, educational achievement, and economic well-being. Solutions 2013 will arm practitioners, advocates, policymakers and program administrators with the best available information on how localities and states can work collaboratively and creatively to address residents’ housing challenges and develop inclusive, resilient and sustainable communities. The conference will be designed to be useful to both newcomers and experienced practitioners and policymakers by offering a comprehensive, highly interactive educational experience over the three-day period.  The conference will include opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, mobile workshops, facilitated discussions, panel discussions, networking receptions and breakfasts, and plenary sessions. For more information check out the Solutions 2013 website  http://www.nhc.org/solutions-2013.html.


Wednesday, September 18
Smart Growth and Economic Success Webinar

  • 3:00pm-4:00pm
  • Webinar

EPA is hosting a Smart Growth and Economic Success Webinar. The webinar will discuss development strategies that can maximize economic advantages while creating attractive and healthy communities. Speakers include representatives from Lehigh Valley, PA, Champaign, IL, and Phoenix, AZ.  No pre-registration is required.  To attend the webinar, on the day of the event please test your computer, copy and paste: http://admin.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm, then copy and paste: https://epa.connectsolutions.com/epasmartgrowth to log in as a guest.






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