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Housing/wages report in the news

sarah carpenter & rob naylorSeveral media outlets covered yesterday's release of the "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" report:

CNN: National housing shortage

Those of us working in housing in Vermont know there's been an ongoing shortage of housing — especially affordable housing — in our state. CNNMoney published a piece today questioning the possibility of a national shortage.

"The nation is simply not building enough homes to keep up with potential demand," Les Christie writes.

Nicolas Retsinas, Director of Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies and the keynote speaker at Vermont's Statewide Housing Conference a few years ago, is quoted in the piece.

Watch today's press conference on Channel 17

This morning's press conference for the 2010 "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" will air on Channel 17/Town Meeting TV on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom tomorrow at 6 p.m.

Channel 17 serves the communities of Burlington, South Burlington, Essex, Essex Junction, Winooski, Williston, St. George, and parts of Colchester.

You'll also be able to watch online, though the video hasn't yet been uploaded.

$4.5 million grant for NeighborWorks of Western Vermont

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont won a $4.5 million grant for innovative energy efficiency and renewable energy programs.

The Rutland County nonprofit housing organization received the grant — one of only 20 nationwide — for its proposal to save energy and create jobs retrofitting homes and municipal buildings.

More Wharf Lane press coverage

Seven Days newspaper's Shay Totten has written a follow-up to his article from a couple weeks ago about Burlington's Wharf Lane Apartments.

The piece, titled "Low-Income Residents Rally to Keep Their Homes," was published on the paper's blog today.

Read the article.

Wharf Lane, VHFA on WCAX-TV

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared last night in a segment on WCAX-TV Channel 3 about Wharf Lane Apartments in Burlington.

The 37-unit affordable housing complex is home to 46 people. It might lose its affordable designation if the owner sells the property.

Channel 3's Jack Thurston reported the story.

VHFA's Sarah Carpenter on Channel 17

sarah carpenterIf you missed VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter on Mike McNamara's "Housing and Communities" show on Channel 17 last night, you have a few more chances to catch it:

Memorial Day thoughts on housing

huffington post logoThe Huffington Post yesterday published a piece by Deborah De Santis, President/CEO of the Corporation for Supportive Housing, titled "Honoring our Veterans can Begin With Housing."

"As this Memorial Day weekend approaches, it is unfathomable that so many men and women who've served in our nation's military have no roof over their heads," she writes.

CNN claims most homes affordable

A news headline we spotted yesterday took us by surprise: According to CNN.com, "Nearly 75% of homes are affordable."

A closer examination of the story reveals a couple of key conditions to their definition of affordable: "Nearly anyone with a decent job and a good credit score [our emphasis] can afford to buy ..."

Fox 44 covers credit score workshop

Burlington's Fox 44 TV covered the credit report review workshop held at Champlain Housing Trust earlier this week ("Free credit report reviews today"):

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