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HARP program successes make news

The Housing Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program (HARP), administered by VHFA, is helping income-qualified home buyers participate in Vermont’s current favorable home buying market, according to this week’s

New income and purchase price limits extend VHFA programs to more home buyers

More Vermonters will be able to purchase homes using VHFA's mortgage programs thanks to newly increased income and purchase price limits put in place on November 1st, 2013.

Vermonters operate in the uncertainty of the federal government shutdown

Federal government "shutdown" contingency plans available from housing agencies

Straw bale used in new affordable rental housing for Northeast Kingdom seniors

Vermont’s first straw bale affordable senior housing project has been built in Holland, Vermont, according to Metropolis magazine.   

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.  

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