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Posted by: Marina Demas on September 2, 2015 - 2:29pm

Brattleboro Housing Partnership and Housing Vermont broke ground this past Monday on a 55-unit affordable housing project. These two organizations have partnered together to build Red Clover Commons, a three-story senior housing complex located on a 2.8-acre site in Brattleboro. 

All 55 apartments will be occupied by past residents of Melrose Terrace. In 2011, Melrose Terrace was badly damaged by the flooding from Tropical Storm Irene and caused all 84 residents to vacate the complex. Brattleboro Housing Partnership and Housing Vermont are still working on relocating the remaining residents but they remain top priority. 

​VHFA was proud to award federal low-income housing tax credits to the project that will provide over $7.5 million in equity. The 15.9 million dollar project was also supported by a substantial amount of Disaster Recovery funding through the Community Development Block Grant program, the federal HOME program, Efficiency Vermont, People's United Bank and others. The building is expected to be ready for occupancy in September 2016. 

Photos by Robin Howe.

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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