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HEATHER KVASNAK JOINS VHFA AS MANAGER OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - HOMEOWNERSHIP

BURLINGTON—Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Heather Kvasnak joined the Agency in the position of Manager of Business Development - Homeownership.

Heather has a background in mortgage lending as well as regulatory and compliance requirements .  Her previous positions with Wells Fargo and Bank of America required Heather to conduct trainings for diverse audiences. 

Heather resides in Fairfax, Vermont.

Heather joined the Agency on Friday, February 17th.  

VHFA 2016 highlights include record social impacts and top workplace award

Updates to Vermont Fire & Building Code take effect October 10, 2016

The Vermont Department Fire Safety announced last week that on October 10, 2016 the 2015 Vermont Fire & Building Safety Code will take effect.

The Code establishes the process to obtain a construction or operating permit, lists the codes and standards that are adopted and describes the process used to evaluate and grant a variance or exemption from the Code. 

 

 

 

White House releases housing development tool kit for communities

In response to declining housing affordability in many parts of the country, the White House released a report this week on best practices for reducing local housing development barriers. The accumulation of these barriers has reduced the ability of many housing markets to respond to growing demand, the report explains.

Rural housing finance: One size does not fit all

Unique features of rural housing require flexible national policies and financing programs, explains Executive Director Sarah Carpenter in her recent article for Rural Voices, a journal of the Housing Assistance Council.

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Collins lends a voice in Essex Junction debate about pace of development

“I want more...” explains VHFA’s Director of Policy and Administration Maura Collins in a recent letter to the editor of the Essex Reporter. Collins is a long-time resident of Essex Junction who felt it was time to share her ideas about future expansion of the Junction’s housing stock and population.

“We see beauty in the new faces, appreciate the increasing diversity of housing types and residents, and want to champion thoughtful growth…. We want more...” writes Collins.

Bipartisan Policy Center recommends new funding and approaches to meet housing needs of seniors

A recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center describes the need for a comprehensive national approach to integrating health care and housing for seniors.

New tools help real estate professionals appraise energy-efficient, high performance homes

The Vermont Green Home Alliance has completed the guide Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right for building design professionals, builders, home performance contractors, appraisers, lenders, and real estate agents. This guide is intended to help professionals prepare for the increasing level of high performance new home construction and existing home energy efficiency improvement happening in Vermont.

Study Finds Affordable Housing Reduces Health Care Costs

A study conducted by the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) found affordable housing reduced overall health care expenditures by 12% for Medicaid recipients. By comparing individuals' Medicaid claims in the year prior to moving into affordable housing to their Medicaid claims in the year after moving in, researchers found an average total savings of $576 a year.

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