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Housing in the news

Residents gather to start planning for Burlington's future

About 30 Burlington residents gathered at Contois Auditorium last night in the first of a series of public engagement sessions to help plan the future of the city's downtown and waterfront areas.

Federal Reserve suggests ways to improve U.S. housing conditions

In a paper delivered to Congress last week, Ben Bernanke and his staff describe the complex and interdependent issues hampering today’s housing market.

Homelessness in the news

Today’s Burlington Free Press had two articles regarding homelessness in Vermont: 

The first discussed yesterday’s vigil in Montpelier where shelter and homeless service providers described the persistent needs among Vermont families and individuals facing homelessness.   Highlighting the success of programs that seek to prevent homelessness, officials at the vigil called on Vermont lawmakers to recognize these successes by focusing future efforts in this area. Read more.

Federal funding continued for local homeless programs

HUD announced this week the renewals of Vermont's homeless assistance grants. A total of $3.6 million will be provided for 22 projects statewide during FY2012.

Read the full list of Vermont awards.
Read HUD's press release.


Cuts to federal HOME and CDBG programs felt nationwide

Reduced appropriations—based on the appropriations bill passed last month by Congress—will mean significant decreases in funding for many communities who rely on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME grants. Both programs have provided funds for a range of Vermont activities, including development and renovation of affordable housing.

Vermont's allocation of CDBG funds will fall by 8% during the FY 2012 and it's HOME funds will fall by 11%.  

Homeless man's death highlights range of services needed

Paul O'Toole's recent death in Burlington demonstrates the challenges faced by people who are homeless and who do not meet the sobriety and other restrictions of area shelters.  Read more in today's front page story in the Burlington Free Press

Managing the needs of VT's homeless on VPR at noon

Jane Lindholm at Vermont Public Radio (VPR) will discuss Vermont's homeless today at noon and again at 7PM.  

HUD program helps homeless veterans find affordable housing

A program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (HUD/VASH) helps homeless veterans, such as Joseph Tomasello, find affordable housing. Today's New York Times describes how Mr. Tomasello's life took an unexpected downturn after his service in the air force, how he found himself homeless, and about his scramble for jobs and space in New York area homeless shelters.

Burlington wins $2.4 million to make homes safer for low-income residents

The City of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reduce lead-based paint hazards and address other health and safety hazards in the homes of low-income residents of Burlington and Winooski. CEDO will use $2,475,000 to make 135 eligible homes safe from lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards.

New rental apartment complex opens in Essex

Senator Bernie Sanders joined the Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) and Housing Vermont yesterday to celebrate the completion of thirty apartments in a single building located off Susie Wilson Road in the Town of Essex. Cedar’s Edge Apartments offers a mix of 24 two-bedroom and six one-bedroom apartments.


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