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HUD gives providers pre-notice of available funds

hud logoThe U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has posted the Choice Neighborhood FY10 Notice of Funding Availability Pre-Notice. It gives potential applicants guidance prior to the Choice Neighborhoods funding notice, which will be published this summer.

The guidance offers advance details regarding the application process to compete for funds through this pilot program.

Nominate housing properties to receive children's books

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) invites community members to nominate subsidized housing communities in Vermont and New Hampshire to participate in a free program that promotes a love of books and reading among at-risk children.

The winning properties will receive:

Housing advocate Fairbanks-Williams dies

edna fairbanks-williamsTo call Edna Fairbanks-Williams an affordable housing advocate is to give her only a fraction of the credit she earned during her life spent defending Vermont's poor and underprivileged.

Edna died yesterday in a car accident not far from her Hubbardton home. She was 77.

Call for entries: Workforce housing awards

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) is accepting entries for its Jack Kemp Workforce Housing Models of Excellence Awards through June 4.

The awards recognize developers for leadership and creativity in expanding workforce housing opportunities for America's working families.

Winners will be honored at the ULI Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Collins teaches housing policy course at UVM

maura collinsVHFA Policy and Planning Manager Maura Collins will teach a graduate-level housing policy course at the University of Vermont in Burlington.

The course will be offered in the Fall 2010 semester.

A syllabus from her '09 course
is available online.

Which VHFA home loan program's right for you?

web site toolWe've updated the VHFA Web site to include a tool to help homebuyers determine which VHFA home loan program might be best for them.

Give the new tool a try now.

Former VHFA commissioner dies

carl spanglerFormer VHFA Commissioner Carl Spangler has died in Woodstock. He was 61.

He moved to Vermont from Pennsylvania in 1975. Two years later, then-Gov. Richard Snelling appointed him Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Housing and Community Affairs.

Scheduled down time for VHFA Web sites

site not availableWe're anticipating vhfa.org and vhfa.net, our business partner extranet, will be unavailable for a few hours Thursday morning.

We're planning maintenance on our Web server beginning at 8 a.m. Thursday, and expect to be back up and running no later than noon.

Report: Subsidized housing reduces childhood hunger

A new report from Children's HealthWatch in Boston indicates children living in subsidized housing are less likely to be hungry.

The report, "Rx for Hunger: Affordable Housing," is covered in a short article in this month's issue of Affordable Housing Finance magazine.

"The study makes the case that food-assistance programs alone cannot address childhood hunger," the article states. "Affordable housing is part of the solution."

Good luck, Sara

sara-hoehnToday VHFA bids farewell to Staff Accountant Sara Hoehn, who's soon returning to the Lone Star State.

Sara's time with the Agency was brief, but we appreciate the good work she did while she was here.

Good luck, Sara!


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