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Data and Statistics

Census Bureau releases new estimates about Vermont communities, residents

The Census Bureau released new estimates yesterday that provide information about the characteristics of residents and homes in every Vermont community during 2005-2009.

These estimates are based on the annual American Community Survey (ACS), which asks a sample of Vermonters questions about their home and household members living there.

Here’s a sample of the types of information collected through the ACS:

Free Press: Burlington housing supply falls short

The Burlington Free Press today published a front page story about the City of Burlington's "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice" report.

Writer Joel Banner Baird quotes VHFA Policy & Planning Manager Maura Collins, one of the authors of the report, in the article.

VHFA to present CEDO report to City Council

Representatives from VHFA will join people from Burlington Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) and the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) Fair Housing Project (FHP) in presenting the new "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice" report to the Burlington City Council.

The presentation will take place Monday, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. in Burlington's Contois Auditorium in City Hall. (Date changed from Nov. 15 —cb)

Analysis of tenant income shows programs serve those in need

VHFA staff recently analyzed income data of 5,068 tenants of subsidized rental housing in Vermont. The results confirm Vermont's housing organizations are helping those who are truly in need.

tenant income chart

As seen above, 61% of tenants of Vermont's assisted rental units have incomes below $20,000; 74% have incomes below $25,000. Not surprisingly, the incomes of households in Section 8 assisted housing were dramatically less than non-Section 8 housing.

VHFA's low delinquencies, foreclosures on VPR

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared in a news segment aired by Vermont Public Radio yesterday and today about the Agency's low delinquency and foreclosure rates.

Read the transcript online.

VHFA publishes CEDO report

VHFA has published "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice" for the City of Burlington.

The 50-page report, required by Burlington’s consolidated planning process, was last published in 1999.

VHFA home loan delinquencies, foreclosures low

Recent analysis of VHFA home loan data shows delinquency and foreclosure rates of VHFA mortgages were considerably lower than rates for Vermont and the nation.

As of June 30, 2010, VHFA home loans that were delinquent by 90 or more days were just 0.94% of all the Agency’s outstanding loans. Vermont’s rate was more than twice as high: 2.05%. The national rate was 4.54%.

The number of VHFA loans in the foreclosure process on June 30, 2010, was 1.37% of all VHFA loans, compared to Vermont’s overall foreclosure rate of 2.71% and the national rate of 4.57%.

New comprehensive report of Vermont data released

The Vermont Department of Labor released its Economic-Demographic Profile of Vermont, 2010 yesterday.

The report contains a variety of easy-to-use estimates and indicators about labor markets, population trends, commuting, housing, and schools at the state, county, and town levels.

Here are a few examples of the report’s numerous estimates:

Report: Recession likely to keep poverty rate high for years

According to researchers at the Brookings Institution, the poverty rate among all Americans is likely to remain above 14 percent through 2020, due to the relationship between unemployment and poverty.

The situation will be even worse among children, with the poverty rate remaining above 21 percent through 2020.

The worst year is likely to be 2014, with at least 16 percent of all Americans and 26 percent of all children living in poverty.

HUD releases new Fair Market Rent levels

Effective today, revised fair market rent (FMR) levels will be used to determine the amount of assistance paid by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for apartments held by thousands of low-income households across the state.

FMRs increased 7%, relative to last year, reflecting market rents that've continued to rise and methodology refinements HUD made during recent months.

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