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Free Press: Vermont tops for weatherization

A story in this morning's Burlington Free Press ("Vermont seeks to leverage success in weatherization numbers") says, "Vermont leads the nation in meeting goals for weatherizing low-income homes using stimulus funds."

The story goes on to to talk about stimulus funds that are helping make homes owned by low-income Vermonters more energy efficient.

Times Argus: Housing market remains tight

The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus published an article today following last month's release of VHFA's annual "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" report.

"Despite a decline in prices for homes in Vermont for the first time since 1992, the cost of housing continues to be a struggle for Vermonters, particularly first-time home buyers," writes Eli Sherman.

"Vermonters struggling to find housing don't just face challenges affording where they live, but also finding apartments or houses close enough to their jobs."

Wharf Lane update

Seven Days newspaper published another story about Burlington's Wharf Lane Apartments today.

VHFA Policy & Planning Manager Maura Collins is quoted in the piece by Shay Totten.

Read the article online.

AP: Mortgage rates 50-year low; still unaffordable

A story from the Associated Press (AP) today echoes what we wrote in this year's "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont" report: Homes are still unaffordable for many despite lower interest rates.

The AP cites job security, poor credit score and lack of cash as contributing factors to the problem.

Read the story online.

WCAX: Wharf Lane residents work to save homes

WCAX-TV Channel 3 aired a follow-up to its story from a couple weeks ago about Wharf Lane Apartments.

Read the story online.

Burlington Free Press: Renters may lose homes

wharf lane residentsWharf Lane Apartments, affordable homes to 44 Burlington residents, is in the news again this morning.

The Burlington Free Press published a story in today's issue about the property and the possibility its residents will lose their homes if the building's owner sells.

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.

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