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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on July 30, 2015 - 9:36am

Although Census surveys show a clear decline in the national homeownership rate, they don’t show a similar decline for Vermont.   At least not yet.  Second quarter 2015 estimates show Vermont’s rate at 72 percent, nearly eight and a half percentage points higher than the national 64 percent rate. 

Economists expect the national homeownership rate to reach a turning point soon, as the economic recovery and gradual credit standard loosening bring first-time buyers back to the market. 

Even throughout the recession, VHFA provided hundreds of Vermont first-time home buyers each year with the mortgage options they needed.  If you or someone you know is thinking about buying, don’t forget to check out our programs.  They evolve constantly to bring back to Vermont those mortgage market developments most helpful to low and moderate income buyers.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on July 22, 2015 - 9:37am

Few housing units in the U.S. are accessible for people with disabilities and even fewer are both affordable and accessible, according to a recent comprehensive study from HUD.   About a third of housing in the U.S. is potentially modifiable for a person with a mobility disability, currently less than five percent is accessible for individuals with moderate mobility difficulties and less than one percent of housing is accessible for wheelchair users.

Potentially modifiable units are disproportionately located in newer buildings and in multifamily buildings and in the South and West. Many areas in the Northeast with older housing stocks have very few modifiable homes, largely because of inaccessible entrances. The study concludes that the U.S. housing stock is not well-suited to accommodate the disabled or to allow people to age in place. Compounding this challenge is that as the population ages the demand for accessible homes will only grow.

Even in the case of newly constructed homes, the report found that only a minority meets basic accessibility standards.

Although information about the accessibility of Vermont’s housing stock is difficult to obtain, the number of wheel chair accessible units reported by housing managers is displayed for each property in the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing.  Work is underway to expand this type of information and improve search tools for apartment seekers looking for accessible units.

Posted by: Marina Demas on July 21, 2015 - 11:09am

The Vermont Community Loan Fund is recruiting a loan coordinator to support the Child Care Loan Program. The person selected will work in support of an experienced program director and other program staff in all aspects of loan processing and servicing. The position, based in Montpelier, VT, is full-time, 40 hours/week. 

Knowledge and experience in lending procedures and documentation, ability to work with limited supervision, excellent interpersonal and networking skills, and competence in oral and written communication. Microsoft Office and Windows 7 computer competence required. Knowledge of loan packaging or loan servicing as well as the child care industry is highly desirable. 

VCLF is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, veterans and people from diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: Human Resources, VCLF, P.O. Box 827, Montpelier, VT 05601-0827 or via email to: hr@vclf.org

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on July 17, 2015 - 9:46am

A beautiful, new ranch-style home in St. Johnsbury and fully-renovated historic home in Rutland are for sale to qualified buyers at greatly reduced prices.  The Housing Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program (HARP), administered by VHFA, helps qualified home buyers purchase beautifully restored and energy efficient homes. We've just finished with the improvements to these homes and are now offering them at greatly reduced prices thanks to Vermont Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. HARP's an economic stimulus success story — creating jobs for Vermont building contractors and more affordable homes for Vermont buyers.

Each home has three bedrooms and two bathrooms. The homes have a net price of $125,000 in St. Johnsbury and $75,000 in Rutland, for qualified buyers. Learn about program requirements and what each of these exceptional quality homes has to offer.

Pictured: 212 St. Mary Street in St. Johnsbury (upper) and 110 Forest Sreet in Rutland (lower)

Vermont homes for sale
Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on July 10, 2015 - 9:12am

RuralEdge will be hosting a Statewide Community Leadership Institute on July 25th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont. They will be offering courses focused in areas such as community gardens, landlords and tenants, saving energy and shrinking their carbon footprint, starting resident councils, hosting fun and exciting meetings, and what to expect when renting (for both landlords and tenants).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 4:00pm. They will have a keynote speaker, morning beakout workshops, and afternoon breakout workshops. They will also be providing mileage reimbursement for participants, lunch, and childcare for those who require it. This conference is free to anyone who wants to participate.

To view the course descriptions and registration form, click here. Please return the form by July 20th to ensure your slot at the CLI. If you have any questions please email danh@ruraledge.org for more information.

- See more at: http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/news/2015/07/ruraledge-statewide-comm...

RuralEdge will be hosting a Statewide Community Leadership Institute on July 25th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont. They will be offering courses focused in areas such as community gardens, landlords and tenants, saving energy and shrinking their carbon footprint, starting resident councils, hosting fun and exciting meetings, and what to expect when renting (for both landlords and tenants).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 4:00pm. They will have a keynote speaker, morning beakout workshops, and afternoon breakout workshops. They will also be providing mileage reimbursement for participants, lunch, and childcare for those who require it. This conference is free to anyone who wants to participate.

To view the course descriptions and registration form, click here. Please return the form by July 20th to ensure your slot at the CLI. If you have any questions please email danh@ruraledge.org for more information.

- See more at: http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/news/2015/07/ruraledge-statewide-comm...
 

Are you interested in starting a community garden in your neighborhood? Are you a landlord who needs to save energy (and money) in your buildings? Do you wish you could start a resident council in your building?

On July 25, 2015, RuralEdge is hosting a statewide Community Leadership Institute in Montpelier, where you can learn how to create change and impact in your community.

Read more at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition's website

 

RuralEdge will be hosting a Statewide Community Leadership Institute on July 25th at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont. They will be offering courses focused in areas such as community gardens, landlords and tenants, saving energy and shrinking their carbon footprint, starting resident councils, hosting fun and exciting meetings, and what to expect when renting (for both landlords and tenants).

The day will begin at 9:00am and will end at 4:00pm. They will have a keynote speaker, morning beakout workshops, and afternoon breakout workshops. They will also be providing mileage reimbursement for participants, lunch, and childcare for those who require it. This conference is free to anyone who wants to participate.

To view the course descriptions and registration form, click here. Please return the form by July 20th to ensure your slot at the CLI. If you have any questions please email danh@ruraledge.org for more information.

- See more at: http://www.vtaffordablehousing.org/news/2015/07/ruraledge-statewide-comm...

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