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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.

 



New assistance for servicemembers and veterans and lower FHA refinancing fees

Posted May 25, 2012 at 11:18 am by Maura Collins

President Obama recently announced new housing relief for servicemembers and veterans, including those wrongfully foreclosed upon or denied a lower interest rate on their mortgages. Under an agreement with the federal government, several major mortgage servicers pledge to review servicemember foreclosures since 2006 and compensate any who were wrongly foreclosed upon as well as several other steps designed to provide financial relief in certain circumstances.

The same announcement stated, “FHA will cut its fees for refinancing loans already insured by the FHA. An estimated 2-3 million borrowers could be eligible for this savings, providing the typical FHA borrower with the opportunity to save about a thousand dollars a year through refinancing than they could have under today’s fee structure.”

More details on these programs is available online.



Webinar tomorrow on ending veteran homelessness

Posted May 22, 2012 at 2:13 pm by Leslie Black-Plumeau

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) will hold a webinar tomorrow at 3 pm on developing approaches that bring together the resources available to veterans in need of housing and life improvements. 

Veteran homelessness declined by 12% between 2010 and 2011. In order to continue this momentum and achieve the goal of ending Veterans homelessness by 2015, USICH is charging communities with developing a Veteran-centric approach that uses the comprehensive array of resources available. 

Read more and register for the webinar



HUD, VA provide additional permanent housing and support to homeless vets in Vermont

Posted Apr 2, 2012 at 10:43 am by Leslie Black-Plumeau

HUD announced last week that it will provide $153,036 to Vermont State Housing Authority to supply permanent housing and case management for more than 25 homeless veterans in Vermont.   The assistance will be provided through HUD’s Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing Program (HUD-VASH), a program administered by HUD, VA, and local housing agencies to provide permanent housing with case management and other supportive services for homeless veterans across the country.

This award will supplement the 95 HUD-VASH vouchers already administered by the Vermont State Housing Authority in Vermont.

Read more.



Resources for Vermont veterans

Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 9:44 am by Leslie Black-Plumeau

The Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness has assembled the following list of resources for Vermont’s veterans. 

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs programs for homeless veterans include the Health Care for Homeless Veterans Program (HCHV), the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program (DCHV), Inpatient & Outpatient Health Care, Readjustment Counseling Centers, and Outreach Benefits and Entitlements.   The following web sites contain more information about these programs:   

In addition, the Vermont State Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs collaborate to provide Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) vouchers to 80 homeless veterans and their families throughout the State of Vermont.  Contact the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs  for more info at: 1-866-687-8387.

Additional resources:



HUD program helps homeless veterans find affordable housing

Posted Nov 11, 2011 at 9:10 am by Leslie Black-Plumeau

A program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH) helps homeless veterans, such as Joseph Tomasello, find affordable housing. Today’s New York Times describes how Mr. Tomasello’s life took an unexpected downturn after his service in the air force, how he found himself homeless, and about his scramble for jobs and space in New York area homeless shelters.

After experiencing the worst times of his life, he began to rebuild, the article continues. Through the HUD/VASH program, he was placed in a one-bedroom apartment in a building for low-income residents. His portion of the monthly rent is $152. With a place to live, unemployment benefits, food stamps, and help from local service providers, Mr. Tomasello is applying for jobs and hopeful about the future.

Read the full New York Times article.

Read more about the VASH program and other resources for Vermont veterans.




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