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Posted by: Marina Demas on September 1, 2015 - 3:28pm

Cathedral Square's Richmond Terrace Senior Living has received Enterprise Green Communities Certification, demonstrating the organization's commitment to high-performance, healthy homes for low-income seniors. The Enterprise Green Communities program promotes integrative design, location near services and within neighborhoods, water conservation, energy efficiency, sustainable materials, healthy living environments, and resident engagement.

Renovations of Richmond Terrace Senior Living were completed in 2014. New kitchens and bathrooms were installed, as well as major improvements to the building envelope, insulation and air sealing, new windows and siding, energy efficient air source heat pumps for cooling and heating, a 13KW ground mounted solar array to harness energy from the sun, and a facelift to the community room and hallways. 

VHFA provided construction and permanent financing as well as federal and state housing tax credits for the rehabilitation of the project. Read more

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on August 26, 2015 - 9:51am

Governor Shumlin, VHFA’s Sarah Carpenter and many others gathered yesterday to celebrate the opening of South Main Apartments in Waterbury.

When Ladd Hall was hit by Tropical Storm Irene in 2011, few would have imagined the remarkable transformation that would take place over the next four years. Originally constructed in the 1890s and then converted to state agency offices, Irene’s flood waters invaded the building through heating system tunnels. 

With more than 200 Waterbury homes also damaged or lost during the storm, the community prioritized the need for additional affordable housing during recovery efforts. “VHFA was proud to provide the federal and state low-income housing credits needed to include 27 affordable apartments in Waterbury’s transformation,” Carpenter explained. 

The project was managed by Downstreet Housing & Community Development and Housing Vermont with additional funding provided by the VT Agency of Commerce and Community Development, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board and the federal HOME program.

Downstreet is currently accepting applications for these beautiful new one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments.

Photos (from top to bottom): Governor Shumlin and guests, Sarah Carpenter and South Main Apartments.  Photos by Kenn Sassorossi.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on August 19, 2015 - 2:09pm

Save the date! The conference will be held at Topnotch Resort in Stowe.  Topics will include food access, mental health first aid, community gardening & edible landscapes, composting, legal with Nadine Scibek, domestic violence and more. 

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on August 19, 2015 - 12:43pm

Topic:  Appraising, selling & financing buildings with energy efficient & renewable energy features

Where: Lake Morey Resort, Fairlee, VT


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Contact: Symposium Administrator at (802) 229-0513


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on August 18, 2015 - 10:12am

There were smiles a plenty in Putney Thursday as the community celebrated the renovation of the historic Plantz house at 27 Old Depot Road. The apartments will be managed by Windham and Windsor Housing Trust who oversaw the renovation process.

According to VHFA’s Sarah Carpenter who attended the celebration, “we were delighted to provide Low-Income Housing Tax Credits to help create the equity for such a worthwhile project.”  Many other funders were involved in the project including Housing Vermont and Historic Tax Credits.   

Contact Windham and Windsor Housing Trust if you are interested in applying for a 1-, 2- or 3-bedroom apartment in the building. 

Read more. Renovations and energy efficiency work at two existing buildings with 14 additional homes in Brattleboro is also underway through this project. 

Photo: Katie Buckley