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HARP program to the rescue in St. Johnsbury

VHFA will buy an abandoned, deteriorating house from the town of St. Johnsbury for $1 and replace it with a new affordable single-family home through the HARP program. 

Greater Burlington area among most expensive housing markets in the U.S.

For workers in certain industries, especially tourism and service jobs, the cost of renting or buying a home in the Burlington metropolitan area is out of reach given average wages paid in these fields.

Federal housing finance policy takes the spotlight

President Obama’s speech Tuesday has spurred debate about the federal government’s role in financing home ownership, according to yesterday’s

Single-person households become more prevalent in Vermont

An increasing share of Vermont’s housing stock is occupied by only one person, reports today's Burlington Free Press.  This is a national trend that is likely to continue into the future, as the portion of the population who are elderly increase. 

VHFA sheds light on Rental Assistance Demonstration program implications

VT Digger’s recent piece on a new HUD initiative that changes the way public housing costs are funded featured VHFA’s executive director, Sarah Carpenter, and policy and planning manager, Maura Collins.  

Pace of Vermont home sales continues to pick up

The first months of 2013 show the volume of home sales continuing to increase in Vermont, according to multiple listing service data and Vermont property transfer tax records.   Purchases of si

West River Valley Assisted Living expansion in the news

The use of local donations to help fund the expansion of the West River Valley Assisted Living project in Townsend is covered in today’s Brattleboro Reformer.   The expansion will increase t

Today’s Burlington Free Press covers varying aspects of housing affordability

Burlington Free PressVHFA’s creative role in serving the needs of low and moderate-income home buyers is the focus of the “Creative Corner” in today’s Burlington Free Press.  The author

Emergency housing requests rise amidst news of continued high Vermont rents

Calls fielded by Vermont 2-1-1 operators for emergency housing increased dramatically during January and February 2013.   Calls for housing and shelter assistance exceeded all other types of calls in February.  

Housing affordability reports released this week show differing prospects facing Vermonters

Yesterday, Vermont Public Radio’s Steve Zind explored how to make sense of two recent reports that show vastly different housing affordability experiences for Vermonters.

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