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Housing conference: Registration now open

conference web site thumbnailThe 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference Web site is now live.

Register online now for the Nov. 18 event. Do it before Oct. 17 and take 20% off the registration fee, paying the "early bird" fee of just $40 for the day-long event.

Conference keynote speaker confirmed

michelle kennedyVermont author Michelle Kennedy has been confirmed to deliver the keynote address at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on Nov. 18.

Gov. Douglas signs housing, land use bill into law

gov. douglas signs billOn Wednesday, May 28th, Gov. Jim Douglas signed into law H.863, the comprehensive housing and land use bill passed by the Legislature on the final day of the 2008 session.

COTS Walk raises $143,000

This past weekend's COTS Walk raised $143,000 to benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Burlington.

The annual 3-mile walk around downtown Burlington raises money and awareness to benefit COTS's mission to provide emergency shelter, services, and housing for the homeless.

Mark your calendar: Next year's COTS Walk is set for Sunday, May 3.

VHFA hosts craft day to benefit United Way

kids craft dayVHFA held its second annual Kids Craft Day yesterday, to benefit the United Way.

Children aged 3-12 participated by making a variety of craft projects and a Mother's Day card in the VHFA Board Room.

By charging each child's parent/guardian a participation fee, the event raised $200 for the United Way of Chittenden County.

Montpelier Affordable Housing Week coming this month

statehouseMontpelier Mayor Mary Hooper declared the week of May 18-24 "Montpelier Affordable Housing Week."

The mayor's official declaration recognizes "great leadership" among many interests in working "to increase the number of affordable homes in Montpelier.

COTS Walk registration now open

cots walkBurlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) has started accepting registrations for its annual COTS Walk event, to be held Sunday, May 4.

The 3-mile walk around downtown Burlington raises money and awareness to benefit COTS's mission to provide emergency shelter, services, and housing for the homeless.

A number of VHFA staffers will be joining the walk this year.

Save the date: Universal design conference

Vermont Center for Independent Living is organizing a Universal Design Conference April 24 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.

VHFA, along with several statewide housing partners, are sponsoring the day-long event. The agenda will include a keynote speaker from Adaptive Environments, and breakout sessions on:

Save the date: Green building workshop

Save the date Friday, May 16 for an all-day workshop on Building Greener Affordable Housing in Vermont presented by VHCB.

The workshop will feature Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance Inc.

Andy's provided energy and other green building design consulting services for 25 years. He's also the Scientist-in-the-Classroom for the Vermont Energy Education Program, training teachers and students from elementary to high school since 1994. He holds an Engineering degree from Brown University and is the author of a number of energy-related publications.

April is Fair Housing Month

April 11 marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In recognition of Fair Housing Month, celebrated each April, the Vermont Human Rights Commission and the Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) are planning a number of events around the state.

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