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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 9, 2015 - 2:12pm

There's still time to register for the 2015 Green Real Estate Symposium on October 29, 2015, at the Lake Morey Resort.

The symposium features powerhouse speakers and leading instructors in the real estate industry.

Read more or download the conference flyer.


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 9, 2015 - 9:59am

VT Affordable Housing Show
Sarah Carpenter and Erhard Mahnke, 10/7/15

Earlier this week, Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared on CCTV to discuss Vermont's new down payment assistance program for first-time home buyers. Interviewed by host Erhard Mahnke of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, Carpenter described how the program works, its creation by the Vermont Legislature and the affordability hurdles that have plagued would-be first-time buyers in recent years.

Watch the program on the Channel 17/CCTV website or learn more about whether VHFA's down payment assistance program is right for you.


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 6, 2015 - 3:29pm

Where We've Been, Where We Are, and Where We're Going on Federal Housing Policy

Presenting an All Star Line Up of National Advocates presenting their thoughts “in the round” and holding “office hours” to address your specific questions:

  • John Bohm, Senior Director, Congressional Relations, Public Affairs and Field Operations, National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO)
  • Sheila Crowley, President, National Low Income Housing Coalition
  • Chris Estes, President and CEO, National Housing Conference
  • Kristen Johnson-Obey, Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Legislative Affairs, NeighborWorks America
  • Jeff Mosley, Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Housing Assistance Council
  • Andrea Ponsor, Housing Policy Director, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
  • Benson “Buzz” Roberts, President and CEO, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders (NAAHL)
  • Nan Roman, President and CEO, National Alliance to End Homelessness
  • Dr. Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator, Children's HealthWatch
  • Barbara Sard, Vice President for Housing Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Frank Woodruff, Executive  Director, National Alliance of Community Economic Development Association (NACEDA)
  • Diane Yentel, Vice President, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Enterprise Community Partners

Sponsorship opportunities are still available! Contact Brenda Clement for more information at BClement@chapa.org or 617-742-0820 x108.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on September 25, 2015 - 10:16am

From R to L: Sarah Carpenter, Governor Shumlin
and Senator Baruth. Photo: M. Collins.

Last week's press conference at VHFA launched a new statewide down payment assistance program enacted by the Vermont Legislature in May 2015. Since the conference, the program has been in the news across the state, helping to reach Vermonters who might be able to use the program to buy their first home.

Recent local media coverage of the program includes:


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on September 24, 2015 - 9:28am

Governor Shumlin joined Woodstock residents, local officials, and statewide housing partners yesterday to celebrate the creation of 28 new affordable rental apartments at the Safford Commons complex.  Safford Commons is on the site of the former Grange Hall and church on Route 4 in Woodstock.  While 24 of the new apartments are in newly-constructed buildings, four are in the buildings that already stood on the site 

According to VHFA’s Executive Director Sarah Carpenter who participated in the ribbon cutting, “VHFA was delighted to support this project through federal and state housing tax credits.” These credits created over $6 million in equity which covered two-thirds of the total cost of developing the homes. Other major funders included the Vermont Community Development Program, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.  

Twin Pines Housing Trust, The Woodstock Community Trust and Housing Vermont partnered to develop Safford Commons.  

Due to extremely high demand for affordable apartments in Woodstock, 27 of the project’s 28 units are already leased up.  For information, contact Twin Pines Housing Trust.

Pictured: VHFA's board and staff tour Safford Commons. Photo by M. Collins.