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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

Posted by: Marina Demas on August 14, 2015 - 2:51pm

A new campaign called Thriving Communities: Building a Vibrant, Inclusive Vermont has just been launched. The Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity serves as a central organizer of the campaign. This effort is a comprehensive and multi-organizational statewide campaign to promote affordability and inclusiveness as a mainstay of flourishing communities across Vermont and beyond. This campaign will reach out to public officials, ordinary citizens, planners, developers, business owners, entrepreneurs and others. The goal is to stimulate conversation of inclusive and affordable communities and to create appropriate changes that will help fulfill many positive community development objectives. VHFA is proud to be a partner of this campaign. Check out their website (including a blog of the latest news) as well as their Facebook and Twitter page to learn more!