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Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition asks housing bond supporters to contact representatives

The Vermont Senate has passed a bill (S.100) to enact a $35 million housing bond to spur the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing across the State.  The bill is now in the House with just a few days to go until adjournment.  Recommended in Governor Scott's budget proposal, the housing bond would address a significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, help to alleviate homelessness, house the workforce, and provide expanded homeownership opportunities for Vermonters.  

January 5th is Homelessness Awareness Day and Memorial Vigil

Please join us at the State House in Montpelier on January 5 to renew Vermont's commitment to ending homelessness.  The day will include time to meet with lawmakers and experts to discuss effective strategies Vermont could use to conquer remaining challenges in ending homelessness. A vigil will also be held to remember those who have died without homes and the hundreds of Vermonters still searching for safe, secure housing they can afford.  

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition is co-sponsoring this event with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness. 

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition launches storytelling project

Interviews with residents of subsidized rental housing in Vermont will be the core of a new story telling project launched by the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.

The first interview shared through the project is with Angela Devoid, a single mother living at Moose River Apartments in St. Johnbury.  Listen to her story.

Expanding federal housing credits would help more Vermonters find affordable housing

Faced with increasing numbers of low-income renters who lack affordable housing, VHFA and our counterparts from other states are working together to support a bill developed by Washington State Senator Maria Cantwell. The bill calls for a substantial expansion of the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit—the primary financing mechanism for affordable rental housing for the last 30 years.  

Housing & Conservation Day at the State House


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.

Federal HOME program saved through coalition-building and leadership

The recent federal budget agreement included the survival of a program that has become a vital funding source for affordable rental housing in Vermont--the HOME Investment Partnership Program.  When proposals arose earlier last year to deeply cut the program, the National Association of Housing Finance Agencies (NCSHA) HOME Coalition tirelessly and effectively gathered evidence of the program’s impact, documented its widespread support and educated federal policy makers.

Still time to voice your support for federal HOME program


The Algiers Village apartments renovated this year
in Guildford are just one of the many developments
in Vermont that relied on federal HOME funds.

Vermont Managers Association Fair Housing Training in April

blocksVermont Housing Managers Association (VHMA) is offering a one day training with Fair Housing Solutions, LLC.

Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program survey

1 keyThe Vermont Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, administered by the state Office of Economic Opportunity, provides a blend of state and federal (HUD) funding in all regions of the state for homeless shelters as well as non-profit programs engaged in work t

Vermont lawmakers urged to prevent homelessness through rental subsidies

VT Section 8 vouchersAt Thursday’s vigil on the Statehouse steps and joint legislative hearing on homelessness,  Vermonters who have experienced homelessness and service providers  were among the voices urging lawmakers to consider long-term solution

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