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Catching up: Housing stories in the news

Posted by: VHFA on August 25, 2009 - 8:58am

After a couple weeks (mostly) off, Housing Matters is catching up with what happened recently in housing-related news.

Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) turns 25
Our friends at Champlain Housing Trust — formerly the Burlington Community Land Trust — were featured in the Burlington Free Press for their 25th anniversary. Congratulations!

You can read the CHT article online.

Land use, development report covered
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reported on the release of the 107-page "Imagining Vermont: Values and Vision for the Future" by the non-profit, non-partisan Council on the Future of Vermont.

The report was the result of more than 100 meetings held with citizens across the state.

More than 80 percent polled voiced concern about a shortage of affordable housing in Vermont.

Read the Argus story about the report online.

Barre awarded $1.8 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds
The City of Barre will receive nearly $1.8 million in Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds to refurbish and redevelop properties in the city.

Read more about the Barre award online.

Existing home sales up
RISMedia reports that existing home sales in the second quarter showed healthy gains over the first. The article cites strong double-digit gains in some states, including Vermont.

Read the RISMedia story online.

Though it doesn't mention Vermont specifically, CNN reports similar news: "Existing homes selling fast — record fast."

Single-family home building rises for 5th month
The Associated Press reported that construction of new single-family homes rose for the fifth-straight month in July.

Read the AP story at the WCAX-TV site.