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"Housing/wages" report released

Members of Vermont's housing community released the latest edition of "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" at a press conference this morning at the Statehouse.

The report indicates the recession hasn’t made finding affordable housing for average Vermonters any easier.

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont in Rutland Herald

The Rutland Herald published a story in this morning's edition about foreclosure assistance available from NeighborWorks of Western Vermont in Rutland.

Wall Street Journal features VHFA

This morning's Wall Street Journal explores the challenges facing housing finance agencies such as VHFA in an article titled "State housing agencies get caught in credit crunch."

In the article, which appears on the front page of Section C, Nick Timiraos writes, "The agencies aren't in trouble because of bad lending. ... (They) are getting slammed by a host of market forces."

Tax credit, other incentives in Free Press

This weekend, the Burlington Free Press highlighted some incentives to get first-time homebuyers into a new home, including the homebuyer tax credit.

Writer Sky Barsch quotes VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks in her story.

Read the story online.

Affordability question explored on VPR

Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" aired a segment last week exploring the question of whether or not housing in Vermont is becoming more affordable.

Host Jane Lindholm spoke with Rutland Herald reporter Bruce Edwards about the debate spurred by a recent report published by two Vermont economists.

Listen to the segment online.

MacArthur award in Herald, Argus

Sister publications the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus published a story today about last week's MacArthur Foundation news.

Read the story online.

Details on the $2.6 million coming to VHFA and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board are available at our previous post.

Vermont's first recovery funds already released

More than $14 million of economic aid funds have already been released to Vermont, less than 10 days after President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The funds are directed to state and local agencies through the:

Vermont to receive $2.6 million for affordable housing

Representatives from Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) and Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) announced Vermont will receive $2.6 million from the MacArthur Foundation.

The foundation's investment — a $600,000 grant to VHCB and a $2 million loan to VHFA — recognizes Vermont’s longstanding commitment to the preservation of rental housing.

Used in conjunction with other investments, the funding will preserve thousands of affordable apartments in Vermont over the next decade.

VHFA loans eligible for tax credit

Vermont Housing Finance Agency and other organizations that fund mortgage loans using tax-exempt housing bonds have a little something to cheer about.

VHFA loans are now eligible for a Home Buyer Tax Credit, as part of the recently-passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

VHFA comments on Obama plan

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter was interviewed for a couple of TV news stories regarding President Obama's economic recovery package.

Fox 44 in Colchester and WCAX Channel 3 in Burlington spoke with Sarah following the president's talk in Arizona yesterday.

"It's very easy to blame homeowners who may have gotten in over their head in debt, but it's even a greater cost if we have to push them out of their homes and foreclose upon them," Sarah told Channel 3.


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