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Approaches exist to increase financing for housing for people with disabilities

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

In light of the many accomplishments and challenges that remain since the passage of the Act, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and partners sponsored a forum in February. Participants with expertise from a variety of areas discussed how to leverage the resources of different sectors to bring more people with disabilities into the financial mainstream.

VHFA offers lowest home loan rate ever

VHFA's offering a new low mortgage interest rate: 4.125% APR for a 30-year, fixed rate loan with no points for qualified borrowers.

This is the lowest rate we've offered in our 36-year history!

Read more in our press release (PDF).

HUD to provide housing assistance to 250 disabled Vermonters

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced Friday 250 non-elderly Vermonters with disabilities will receive housing assistance.

HUD's awarding nearly $33 million nationwide to fund rental assistance vouchers for this population through its Rental Assistance for Non-Elderly Persons with Disabilities Program.

Erdelyi panelist at Boston conference

VHFA Director of Development Joe Erdelyi will be a panelist at next month's National Housing & Rehabilitation Association Fall Developer's Forum in Boston.

Joe will be part of the Oct. 19 "Financing Affordable Housing Part 1: State Tax Credit Allocators Roundtable."

Registration for the two-day event is open now.

Improvements made to Directory of Affordable Rental Housing

We've made some changes to the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH) that we hope will make the site even easier to use.

Your search results now appear in a compact, streamlined table for easy review. Click on any property name to see the full details for that property.

PrimeLending becomes VHFA participating lender

prime lending logoPrimeLending has become a Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) participating lender.

Participating lenders work with borrowers to answer questions about purchasing a home with a VHFA mortgage, determine borrowers’ eligibility, and process applications for low-interest rate VHFA home loans.

National ad campaign promotes Making Home Affordable Program

The Ad Council, in partnership with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, has launched a national public service announcement (PSA) campaign to encourage homeowners struggling with their mortgage payments to learn about the Making Home Affordable Program.

VHFA.org available in multiple languages

Web pages at VHFA.org are now available in more than 50 languages — from Afrikaans to Yiddish — thanks to Google's free translation service.

Select a language from the dropdown menu at the bottom of any page to see the page translated into the language of your choice.

Amusez-vous!

Housing grant competition

The TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its 2010 Housing for Everyone grant competition.

The foundation, the charitable arm of TD Bank, will give $1.7 million to 34 local non-profit organizations that make a meaningful difference in meeting the affordable housing needs of their communities.

The theme of this year’s competition is Capital Improvements for Affordable Housing.

Here are the criteria:

Home repair workshop well received

women attend workshopThe home repair for women workshop conducted by Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) last week was highly-rated by those who attended, who ranked it 4.9 on a 1-to-5 scale.

Attendees received information about homes, systems, and tools; and participated in a hands-on workshop to learn how to fix sheetrock and install lighting fixtures.

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