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Holiday greetings

believe in home

VHFA's holiday card comes courtesy of VHFA Loss Management Specialist Polly Thibault.

Polly has painted original artwork for VHFA's holiday card for the last several years.

This year, VHFA has "gone green," choosing to send nearly 1,000 partners our holiday wishes electronically.

Trick 'r treat

Children of VHFA staff members were invited to the office today for a little Halloween fun.

Here are just a few of the faces that were seen wandering the halls looking for candy:

Participate in Web site focus group

The Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont is conducting a series of focus groups to improve the Vermont Housing Data Web site.

These 30-minute sessions will help determine how the site is being used, how it impacts/benefits users, and how it could be improved. Each session will include group discussion as well as hands-on navigation of the site.

Aloha, John

john w/poster

VHFA bid Multifamily Management Officer John Burczy farewell as part of a general staff meeting this morning. John, who has been with the Agency just months shy of 20 years, will conclude his tenure this Friday.

With a respectful nod to John's trademark fashion accessory, many staff members wore Hawaiian shirts to the meeting.

Housing data updated

We've just completed our latest update to the "Vermont housing data profiles" section of Vermont Housing Data. We've added:

VHFA staffer to teach housing policy course

VHFA Policy and Planning Manager Maura Collins will teach a Housing Policy course this fall at the University of Vermont.

The graduate-level class will teach future public administrators (local planners, municipal officials, non-profit leaders, social workers, and others) about the history of housing policy in the U.S., current trends and models, fundamentals of financing and development, the "green" housing movement, as well as in-depth analysis of the current mortgage meltdown and resulting foreclosures.

VHFA staff attend Lake Monsters game

champ and hannahVHFA staff members and family enjoyed a Lake Monsters game at Burlington's Centennial Field last night.

The Lake Monsters scored a season-high six runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 7-3 lead and went on to beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 9-5.

The event was the Agency's annual summer outing.

DoARH updated

We just performed our latest update to the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH).

The DoARH is a searchable online database of all subsidized rental housing in Vermont. It contains data on 12,246 units, as well as manager-submitted vacancy information.

Our latest update revises manager, owner and project information in the database.

Take the housing data survey; win an iPod

housing data siteThe Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont, VHFA's partner in developing the Vermont Housing Data Web site, is conducting an online survey of the site's visitors.

Housing Data site receives kudos

housing data web siteI had the good luck to attend An Event Apart, a Web designers conference in Boston, earlier this week.

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