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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on February 13, 2016 - 8:04am

Vermonters at risk of homelessness should  call 2-1-1 to arrange for temporary housing during the extreme cold this weekend, Governor Peter Shumlin advised Friday.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security is issuing wind chill warnings for most of the state from 4 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday, with wind chill temperatures expected to plunge to between 25 and 40 below zero.

According to the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), Vermont's Department for Children and Families is making sure that no one who needs shelter over the next few days will be denied. "A temporary suspension of the existing policy that prevents people who have been sanctioned from receiving Emergency Motel Assistance will be in effect," explained Erhard Mahnke, VAHC's coordinator. "Vermont 2-1-1 protocols will be updated to ensure that anyone qualifying as homeless over the long weekend can access a motel or other temporary shelter to get in out of the cold," he continued.

“Vermonters are used to cold Februaries, but the forecast for this weekend is for frigid temperatures that can be potentially dangerous,” the Governor said.  

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on February 11, 2016 - 4:12pm

RuralEdge Homeownership Center is offering a class on the homebuying process, choosing the right home, mortgage types, closing costs, first-time homebuyer incentives and more. The class is sponsored by Passumpsic Savings Bank and Poulin Lumber. Learn more about how to sign up.



Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on February 10, 2016 - 10:39am

Photo of VT State House, Montpelier by L. Black-Plumeau

This will be an opportunity for organizations to talk with state legislators about the importance of the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board's balanced and sustainable investments in Vermont communities.

Read more from the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on February 4, 2016 - 11:58am

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlie Baker joined area business leaders this week to discuss the region's growing  jobs-housing imbalance. Although the number of people working in Chittenden County has grown to approximately 99,800, there are 11,300 fewer employees living here than in 2002. 

Check out Baker's presentation for more information.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on January 29, 2016 - 11:11am

About 4 percent of Vermont's households move out of the state each year, replaced by about the same number of people moving into Vermont, according to a new study of IRS data from the Public Assets Institute. This new data confirms that younger households are the most likely to move, but that those moving out are replaced by about the same number of young households moving into the state.

Most Vermonters using VHFA's home mortgage programs are young, first-time homebuyers. If you or someone you know has recently moved to Vermont and is looking to buy a home, check out the low interest rate options our programs provide or contact us directly for more information.