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Resources available from ADU workshops

Materials about the potential impact and programmatic aspects of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are now available following workshops held recently in Burlington by Homeshare Vermont and AARP-VT, and in West Lebanon by the Vital Communities campaign. 

National Day of Civic Hacking devoted to housing

Area software developers and web designers gathered Saturday to use their technical expertise to improve the availability of affordable housing in the Green Mountain State.  Thanks to Code for BTV, Burlington joined over 35 cities across the country in bringing civic-minded, tech-savvy individuals together with housing organizations to help improve the flow of information about housing to the people who need it.

Remembering founding board commissioner Donald Webster

Donald Webster one of the original framers of VHFA died earlier this month at the age of 82.  As Vermont's Secretary of Development and Community Affairs from 1972 through 1976, Webster helped develop VHFA from its outset in 1974.  Faced with a serious mortgage funds crunch across the state, Webster and VHFA's first Board of Commissioners created a Loans to Lenders Program that met with an overwhelming response.

AHP 2018 training on June 26th

The Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLB) of Boston is coming to Burlington to host a training on the Affordable Housing Program on June 26th. This training is important for any developer or lender who is planning to apply for AHP funds in 2018 or in the future. It will be held at Hotel Vermont (41 Cherry Street, Burlington) from 8:30 to noon. For more details and to register go to their website.

VHFA recognized at 2018 NERSC conference

VHFA has been recognized by the New England Resident Service Coordinators (NERSC) for its efforts to support excellence in training and education for Residence Service Coordinators. Resident Service Coordinators offer care and social services for the residents assisted housing, many of whom are elderly or disabled.

VHFA recognized by United Way for fundraising efforts

VHFA has been chosen by United Way of Northwest Vermont to receive the Affinity Award, which is given to the organization whose campaign results stand out most among their industry sector.  VHFA supports the work of United Way through frequent fundraising activities and by encouraging staff to volunteer in their communities.

Save the date: Vermont Statewide Housing Conference November 14, 2018

Planning is underway for the 2018 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, held every other year. This year we will shake things up and change the focus to highlight the intersections housing has with education, community development, economic development, and health care. There will be more focus on specific municipal policy tools and case studies of communities that used those tools and what they learned. The 2016 conference drew over 400 housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers.

Sign up for AHP 2018 Training

Attention lenders and affordable housing developers: The 2018 AHP is coming!

First-time home buyer testifies about importance of Vermont Down Payment Assistance Program

Yesterday, Ryan Rush-Booth, a Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) borrower who lives in Stamford, VT, testified at the State House in support of doubling VHFA’s Down Payment Assistance program funding. Rush-Booth works in IT at Southwestern VT Medical Center. When they first moved to Vermont six years ago, Ryan, his wife, and their two young children moved in with family because they could not find affordable housing.

Hoarding: A Practical Overview

The Vermont Resident Service Coordinators (VRSC) has an event coming up! in March, David O'Leary will be speaking about hoarding intervention techniques. David is a Housing Retention Specialist with the Burlington Housing Authority who specializes in hoarding and squalor cases. He joined BHA in 2015 after two years of domestic violence advocacy at STEPS to
End Domestic Violence (Formerly Women Helping Battered Women).

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