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New Americorps VISTA member joins VAHC staff

Abby Krause, an Americorps VISTA member and recent University of Vermont graduate, has joined the staff at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) in Burlington.

Vt Affordable Housing Coalition to hold annual meeting

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) will hold its annual meeting as a joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) on Sept. 10.

VAHC will be holding elections for its steering committee and officers. All five current members are seeking re-election. The nominees are:

NERSC announces new President, Board

New England Resident Service Coordinators Inc. (NERSC) has announced its new President and Board of Directors.

Jean Benson Bernstein will lead the Massachusetts-based non-profit as President. She is Director of Resident Services for WinnResidential and has served on the NERSC Board for three years.

Requests for housing help increase in 2008

Officials at Vermont 2-1-1, the free referral service operated by the United Ways of Vermont, report more calls this year have been regarding housing assistance than in 2007.

An article in this morning's Burlington Free Press provides some numbers: Through last month, calls in 2008 regarding housing totaled 1,916, compared to a total of housing-related calls in 2007 of 2,089.

In Chittenden County, housing-related calls through last month totalled 590, compared with a total of 669 for last year.

CVCLT names new Executive Director

eileen peltierCentral Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) has named Eileen Peltier Executive Director.

Eileen, who lives in Calais, has been the land trust's Director of Finance and Administration for the last year.

Read the CVCLT's press release.

VHMA launches Web site

The Vermont Housing Managers Association's (VHMA) Web site went live this afternoon. You can access the site at www.vhma.net.

Founded in 1981, the VHMA is a collection of property managers and owners, housing funding agencies, accountants, and other professionals.

VHCB receives $1.43 million grant

Our friends at Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will receive a Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) renewal grant for $1.43 million to continue a statewide HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services program.

The grant is one of 18 made nationwide by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). HUD awarded a total of $19.3 million.

New national housing trust modeled on Vermont

If the new National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, part of the housing relief initiative recently signed into law by President Bush, sounds familiar, it might be because the model for it was developed in Burlington more than 20 years ago.

Housing manager associations to meet in Vermont

Members of the Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire housing managers associations will come together for their triennial "Crossing the Line" conference this fall.

The event will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt., Oct. 27-29, under the theme, "Housing: Are the Odds in Your Favor?"

More kudos for Champlain Housing Trust

We thought Champlain Housing Trust's winning an international award from the United Nations's UN HABITAT earlier this week was pretty big news. (Read our previous post about the award.) Apparently, we weren't the only ones.

The Burlington Free Press writes in an editorial published this morning, the award "is a timely recognition of a worthy effort when affordable housing is such a critical issue in Vermont."

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