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Fair Market Rents revised up 16 percent in Burlington metro area

Thanks to a local survey commissioned by Vermont State Housing Authority,  the Fair Market Rent standards used for HUD's Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties will be revised upward effective today.  The levels established in December 2015 by HUD were 16 percent lower than the new levels. 

The survey of rents in the Burlington metro area was funded by VHFA and other partner agencies.  Read more.

Need an affordable apartment?

Need an affordable apartment or know someone who does? There are vacancies in 20 different apartment complexes across the state, according to the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing.

Efficiency Vermont warns shoppers about low-quality LEDs

Efficiency Vermont is warning consumers about low-quality, non-certified LEDs that have recently started to flood the lighting market. These products may not perform when it comes to light quality, energy savings, and lifetime. By choosing an ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulb, shoppers can rest assured they are getting the highest-quality product with guaranteed savings.

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Need an affordable apartment?

Need an affordable apartment or know someone who does? There are vacancies in 11 different apartment complexes across the state, according to the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing.

HUD’s 2016 Fair Market Rent standards are effective tomorrow

Earlier this week, HUD published the final 2016 Fair Market Rent standards that will take effect as of tomorrow, December 11, 2015. FMRs are intended to represent the dollar amount below which 40 percent of the standard-quality rental housing units in an area are rented. They are used in HUD rental assistance programs, including the Section 8 and HOME programs.

Vermont recognized as model for preservation of affordable rental housing

Housing preserved by federal and state tax credits -- awarded by VHFA – was recently highlighted as a national example of effective use of public dollars. The $12 million in equity raised by the credits, along with other efforts led by VHFA to keep apartments in the Bobbin Mill and Wharf Lane buildings near Burlington’s waterfront affordable, are the subject of a recent HUD newsletter

Taking a walk becomes a learning experience in Burlington's King Street neighborhood

There is no better way to learn about Burlington's land-mark affordable housing preservation efforts of the early 1980s than to take a walk around VHFA's offices. More than 200 apartments in the King Street area were renovated and preserved as affordable housing through partnerships between VHFA, HUD, the City of Burlington and local housing providers.

Most Vermonters are likely to choose living in smoke-free housing

The latest Vermont Department of Health survey indicated that nearly 60% of Vermonters would be more likely to choose living in a smoke-free building over a similar building in which smoking was permitted.

There was even greater support for limiting smoking in building entryways; roughly 80% of survey respondents supported limiting or outright prohibiting smoking in entryways. 

Less than one percent of U.S. housing is wheel chair accessible

Few housing units in the U.S. are accessible for people with disabilities and even fewer are both affordable and accessible, according to a recent comprehensive study from HUD.   About a third of housing in the U.S.

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