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Fuel assistance programs low on resources

Vermonters who rely on two of Vermont's emergency fuel assistance programs might have trouble receiving help this year.

The Burlington Free Press reports the Warmth Program and the Shareheat Fund — both administered by the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) — are underfunded.

“We’ve never, ever gone into a heating season with this few resources,” says CVOEO Community Relations Director Tim Searles. “This is unprecedented."

WSJ: 10 reasons to buy a home

In response to a recent Time magazine cover story titled "Rethinking Homeownership," The Wall Street Journal today published a piece titled "10 Reasons to Buy a Home."

"Maybe there's more pain to come in the housing market," Brett Arends writes, "but when Time magazine starts running covers that declare 'Owning a home may no longer make economic sense,' it's time to say: Enough is enough."

Channel 5 on the Section 8 beat, too

Earlier today we told you about Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" episode devoted to Vermont's Section 8 housing voucher crisis.

WPTZ-TV Channel 5 also aired a story about it last week.

Watch the video online.

Section 8 waiting list featured on VPR

Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" devoted an episode to Vermont's Section 8 housing voucher crunch last week.

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Executive Director Richard Williams appeared on the show, speaking about VSHA's decision to close its 3,000-name waiting list at the end of this month.

Listen to the show online.

Free Press: Burlington colleges pursue student housing projects

Vermont's housing shortage goes way beyond the pressures of housing Vermont's student population.

But in Burlington, the annual influx of college students usually brings to attention the city's already tight housing market.

The Burlington Free Press reported this weekend on efforts by the University of Vermont and Champlain College to tackle the issue.

Read the article online.

Free Press: Vermont spared big home-sale slump

"The state’s real-estate market hasn’t stalled the way markets have in other states," according to an article in this weekend's Burlington Free Press.

Read the article online.

Audio: Vermont Edition downtown planning show

Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" from yesterday is now available for listening online.

The program, titled "A New Approach to Downtown Planning," is devoted to "form-based code."

Listen online.

Downtown planning on today's Vermont Edition

Today, Vermont Public Radio (VPR) will devote its "Vermont Edition" program to the topic of downtown planning.

Host Jane Lindholm will examine a new approach to creating livable, mixed-use downtowns for residents and businesses: "form-based code."

Her guests will be Noelle MacKay of Smart Growth Vermont in Burlington, and Paul Dreher, zoning administrator in Newport, which is in the process of approving form-based code for its downtown.

Housing on Channel 17 tonight

Brian Pine, Assistant Director for Housing at Burlington's Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO), will be on cable Channel 17 this afternoon talking about the forthcoming report, “An Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.”

He'll join Kevin Stapleton of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity's (CVOEO) Fair Housing Project.

"The CEDO Show" airs at 5:25 p.m. today.

VHFA produced the report under contract by CEDO.

VSHA to close Section 8 waiting list

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) will close its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers by the end of next month. The move, only the second time VSHA has closed its list, comes in the wake of many local housing authorities closing their lists due to overwhelming demand, low turnover and a lack of funding.

VSHA's list exceeds 3,000 and could number 4,000 by the time it closes.

It's not uncommon for applicants to wait years before receiving a voucher.


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