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Vermont housing partners outline damaging impacts of proposed federal tax reform provisions

Housing partners seeking to improve opportunities for lower income Vermonters described this week why federal tax reform bills would make reaching this goal much harder and hurt Vermont communities. Learn more from these WPTZ and CCTV stories.  

VAHC: House and Senate Tax Bills Will Decimate Affordable Housing In Vermont

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC), a state leader in housing policy, research and advocacy, issued the following statement last week on the tax bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives and under consideration in the Senate:

House Tax Bill ‘Would Have Devastating Impact on Affordable Housing in New England’

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Children's literacy program opportunities for general occupancy housing and other service providers

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The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is now accepting applications for our At-Risk Children grant. This free grant opportunity is open to social service providers, early childhood education programs, childcare centers, school-based programs such as ELL classrooms and afterschool programs, family centers, community organizations, shelters, low-income housing and other programs throughout Vermont and New Hampshire that serve low-income or at-risk infants and children up to age 12 (or a segment of that age range). 

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.

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