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Grants help prevent foreclosure

The Rutland Herald reports today that the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust and NeighborWorks of Western Vermont received grants to expand their foreclosure prevention counseling programs.

The money comes from the Federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008.

The article quotes Bruce Whitney, Director of the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center of Southeastern Vermont; and Tom Candon, Deputy Commissioner of the state's Banking Division and a VHFA Commissioner.

Obama names next HUD secretary

shaun donovanPresident-elect Barack Obama named New York City Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development Shaun Donovan next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Read Donovan's bio at the NYC Department of Housing and Preservation Development site.

Affordable housing photo gallery

Our friends at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) have put up a photo gallery of affordable housing projects.

Right now, the gallery features Bianchi Block Apartments in Montpelier and the Proctorsville Green Housing Project. Other examples of housing projects created by VAHC members will join the gallery.

Response to Seven Days housing issue

Liz Curry of NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont had a letter published in this week's Seven Days newspaper.

You can read her response to the paper's housing issue published last week at the Seven Days Web site.

VHFA honors Andy Gurley

andy gurley & sarah carpenterVHFA honored Andy Gurley, recently-retired from UBS, for his decades of work with the Agency.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter spoke about Andy's long history with the Agency at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, held last Tuesday.

Vermont Community Leadership Awards given



Robert McBride (center, right) and Richard Ewald (center, left) received the 2008 Vermont Community Leadership Award from the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

Melinda Bussino receives Housing Hero award

sarah carpenter & melinda bussinoMelinda Bussino (right), Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center, has received the Housing Hero award.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter presented Melinda with the award at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference held last Tuesday.

VHFA Commissioner congratulates CHT

Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Executive Director Gus Seelig wrote a piece that recently appeared in The Burlington Free Press congratulating the Champlain Housing Trust for winning a U.N.-HABITAT-sponsored World Habitat Award.

Read the piece online.

Gus is also a member of VHFA's Board of Commissioners.

CBS News features VHFA lender

bank president mark youngThe CBS Evening News with Katie Couric featured VHFA participating lender First National Bank of Orwell on yesterday's broadcast.

You can watch the segment and read a synopsis of the story at the CBS site.

VRSC Web site revamped; HUD docs available

In addition to the new Vermont Resident Service Coordinators (VRSC) Resource Guide, which we pointed you to in previous Housing Matters posts, there are a handful of other new resources at the VRSC Web site.

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