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Posted by: Marina Demas on October 13, 2015 - 2:59pm

Did you know that 36,379 Vermont renter households are cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing? The U.S. Census Bureau released data from the 2014 American Community Survey (ACS). The ACS collects demographic, housing, economic, and commuting data on an annual basis.

The data breaks down the percent of income spent on housing. Over 12,646 Vermont renter households pay between 30-39.9% of their income on housing, with 5,676 Vermonters paying between 40-49.9% and 18,057 paying over 50%.

When households pay that much of their income on housing, they have much less to spend on other necessities. This can have a huge impact on people's health and well-being. Vermont Housing Finance Agency promotes affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Vermonters. Learn more about the programs we offer.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 9, 2015 - 2:12pm

There's still time to register for the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium on October 29, 2015, at the Lake Morey Resort.

The symposium features powerhouse speakers and leading instructors in the real estate industry.

Read more or download the conference flyer.


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 9, 2015 - 9:59am

VT Affordable Housing Show
Sarah Carpenter and Erhard Mahnke, 10/7/15

Earlier this week, Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared on CCTV to discuss Vermont's new down payment assistance program for first-time home buyers. Interviewed by host Erhard Mahnke of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, Carpenter described how the program works, its creation by the Vermont Legislature and the affordability hurdles that have plagued would-be first-time buyers in recent years.

Watch the program on the Channel 17/CCTV website or learn more about whether VHFA's down payment assistance program is right for you.


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 8, 2015 - 12:35pm

Despite the recovery taking place in most of Vermont's local housing markets, relatively high rents and home purchase prices continue to prevent many younger residents from buying their first home. After examining recent data on rents and home prices in each Vermont county, VHFA's Maura Collins summarized local market conditions and the benefits likely from a recent new state program to provide down payment assistance to qualified first-time home buyers.  Read editorials in the Brattleboro Reformer,  Essex Reporter and Addison County Independent.

Want to know how the housing market is doing in in other parts of the state?  Check out the Vermont Housing Data website. The site was recently updated to include town, county and statewide statistics on home sales during the first half of 2015, building permits, unemployment and people receiving SSI.




Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 6, 2015 - 3:29pm

Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going on Federal Housing Policy

Presenting an All Star Line Up of National Advocates presenting their thoughts “in the round” and holding “office hours” to address your specific questions:

  • John Bohm, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • Sheila Crowley, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Kristen Johnson-Obey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, NeighborWorks America
  • Jeff Mosley, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Housing Assistance Council
  • Andrea Ponsor, Housing Policy Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Benson “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL)
  • Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Dr. Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Children's HealthWatch
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Frank Woodruff, Executive  Director, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Association (NACEDA)
  • Diane Yentel, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Enterprise Community Partners

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Brenda Clement for more information at BClement@chapa.org or 617-742-0820 x108.