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Former VHFA Commissioner Ledbetter dies at 76

stewart ledbetterFormer VHFA Board of Commissioners chairman Stewart Ledbetter passed away last Thursday at 76.

Stewart chaired the VHFA Board in the late 1970s, while Commissioner of Vermont's Department of Banking and Insurance.

In 1980, he lost by a narrow margin when he ran for the U.S. Senate as a Republican against Democrat incumbent Patrick Leahy.

TD grants Vermont $60,000 for affordable housing

td bank logoThe TD Charitable Foundation announced three Vermont organizations will receive a total of $60,000 to support affordable housing: Champlain Housing Trust Inc. (CHT), Regional Affordable Housing Corp. and Windham Housing Trust Inc. (WHT).

New LinkedIn group for social science researchers

linkedin logoVHFA Research Analyst Leslie Black-Plumeau has created a new professionals group on the LinkedIn network.

Vermont Social Science Researchers (VSSR) is a group for Vermonters interested in social science research and analysis.

LinkedIn is a social networking site for professionals that boasts more than 50 million members. You'll need to be a member to join the VSSR group. Membership is free.

VHFA presents housing issues to college collaborative

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VHFA Policy & Planning Manager Maura Collins spoke at a monthly meeting of the Vermont Campus Compact today.

She presented some preliminary findings of the Vermont Housing Needs Assessment — to be published in the next couple months — and offered more than a dozen ways for college students to get involved with local housing organizations.

Photos: Halloween comes early

VHFA celebrated Halloween a little early when we invited employees to bring in their little ones from home for an interoffice trick 'r treat.

Online housing debate: Post your opinion

sparkwords logoThere's no shortage of places on the Internet to express your opinion about any number of topics, but this caught our attention: Someone recently posted a topic on the debate site SparkWords, which has generated a dozen responses — some thoughtful, some less so.

The question is: "What would be your number one concern if low-income housing came to your neighborhood?"

More photos from this morning's breakfast

Some more photos from this morning's staff breakfast, served to staff by members of Executive Management:

Adam and Eve on a raft

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VHFA's Executive Management team channeled the staff of Mel's Diner this morning when it prepared and served breakfast to staff.

The event was a "thank you" to staff for a job well-done over the last several months.

Housing grants available to Charlotte property owners

Property owners in Charlotte have until the end of August to apply for grants to help them convert or add an affordable unit or two to their existing property.

The money — a total of $40,000 each year for three years — comes from the town's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, approved at the 2007 town meeting.

Up to $5,000 is available for a feasibility study; $10,000 for construction of a single unit, up to $30,000 in construction grants per project.

Grad-level housing policy course at UVM

uvmRegistration is open for "Housing Policy," a 3-credit graduate-level course being offered at the University of Vermont in Burlington this fall.

The course, taught by VHFA Policy and Planning Manager Maura Collins, will meet Thursday nights from 4 to 6:45, Aug. 31 through Dec. 9.

Maura will cover a number of housing policy topics throughout the semester:


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