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Partner organizations

Top originator named for Washington County

trophyJoanne Hardy with Community National Bank in Montpelier is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Washington County for 2008.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations, Joanne!

Top originator named for Addison County

trophyJulie Heffernan with National Bank of Middlebury in Middlebury is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Addison County for 2008.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations, Julie!

Harvard study: Housing downturn worst in decades

state of the nation's housing report coverA recent study released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University finds the current housing downturn could be the worst in a generation.

The report shows the number of homeowners paying more than half their income on housing increased from 6.5 million in 2001 to 8.8 million in 2006.

CVCLT seeks Executive Director

cvclt logoCentral Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) is looking for a new Executive Director with a strong commitment to affordable housing.

Based in Barre, this non-profit, mission-driven organization provides affordable housing, property management, homebuyer education, lending, and community development services to communities in Central Vermont.

Areas of responsibility include:

Hinds joins VHB Pioneer

Juli Beth Hinds, formerly with our friends at the City of South Burlington's Department of Planning and Zoning, has joined VHB Pioneer in Vergennes as Senior Project Manager.

Read VHB Pioneer's press release for more.

HomeShare Vermont wins national recognition

homeshare vermont logoHomeShare Vermont Inc. was named a 2008 Older Americans Month Program Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging.

The award highlights programs that demonstrate the principles of the Administration's efforts to modernize community-based long-term care and provide greater assurance that older people will maintain their independence longer.

Vermont Mortgage Assistance Program up and running

bishca logoThe Vermont Banking Division of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration is now offering Vermonters free, confidential mortgage assistance on its new toll-free number: (888) 568-4547.

The number, part of the new Mortgage Assistance Program, is intended to help Vermonters facing foreclosure explore refinancing and counseling options.

COTS Walk raises $143,000

This past weekend's COTS Walk raised $143,000 to benefit the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Burlington.

The annual 3-mile walk around downtown Burlington raises money and awareness to benefit COTS's mission to provide emergency shelter, services, and housing for the homeless.

Mark your calendar: Next year's COTS Walk is set for Sunday, May 3.

Vermont in running for up to $5 million to preserve affordable housing

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has named Vermont a finalist in a competition for up to $5 million to help preserve and improve affordable housing.

The state's proposal, submitted by Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), is one of 21 finalists selected from more than 80 submissions.

Vermont's initiative would use the funding to support state rental housing preservation efforts targeted at more than 8,000 apartments in 123 towns over the next decade.

HomeShare Vermont nominated for award

The State of Vermont has nominated HomeShare Vermont, an organization that provides matching services for homesharing and caregiving, for a national award.

The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living has nominated the South Burlington non-profit as a "Program Champion" in recognition of the Agency on Aging's Older Americans Month.

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