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VHFA OFFERS NEW PROGRAMS IN TIME FOR 2014 HOME BUYING SEASON

BURLINGTON—Vermont Housing Finance Agency recently introduced two new programs that will extend affordable home financing to more Vermonters in time for the start of Vermont’s 2014 peak “home buying season.” The arrival of spring has long been a time of heightened home buying activity in Vermont. Mortgage Credit Certificates (MCCs), now available for qualified Vermont home buyers, will increase the long-term affordability of buying a home by reducing the amount federal taxes owed each year.

LAUREN TRONO HIRED AS HUMAN RESOURCES/ ADMINISTRATION MANAGER

BURLINGTON—Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Lauren Trono of Colchester, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as Human Resources/ Administration Manager. Lauren comes to VHFA from General Dynamics where she has worked for the past 9 years, most recently as the Senior Human Resources Specialist. Sarah Carpenter states, “VHFA is happy to welcome someone with Lauren's background and skill set. Her professionalism and energy will help the Agency remain one of the best places to work in Vermont.

LUCAS HENDERSON HIRED AS SQL REPORT WRITER/ANALYST

BURLINGTON—Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Lucas Henderson of Burlington, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as SQL Report Writer/Analyst. Lucas comes to VHFA from Systems and Software in Williston where he was a Data Conversion Specialist. Lucas graduated Cum Laude from Dartmouth College. Rick Jean, VHFA’s IT Manager states, “I am very excited to have Lucas join our IT Team. His experience with, and knowledge of, SQL will be a very valuable asset to VHFA.

SARA EVEREST HIRED AS WEB DEVELOPER

BURLINGTON—Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Sara Everest of Burlington, VT has joined Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) as Web Developer. Sara comes to VHFA from working as a Freelance Graphic Design & Web Designer, and was previously at Pro Acoustics in Marketing and Design. Sara attended Sam Houston State University where she majored in Advertising in Graphic Design.

SARAH CARPENTER RECEIVES CHAMPLAIN HOUSING TRUST’S MCKENZIE AWARD

BURLINGTON—Vermont Housing Finance Agency’s Executive Director, Sarah Carpenter, received the Tim McKenzie Award at Champlain Housing Trust’s annual meeting and dinner on Saturday. The award recognized Carpenter’s outstanding contributions to permanently affordable housing during the past thirty years. Carpenter is a long-time Burlington resident. “I am honored to work with partner organizations like Champlain Housing Trust to extend affordable housing options to Vermonters not served by conventional markets,” said Carpenter, who has been VHFA’s executive director since 1998.

SARAH CARPENTER RECEIVES CHAMPLAIN HOUSING TRUST’S MCKENZIE AWARD

BURLINGTON—Vermont Housing Finance Agency’s Executive Director, Sarah Carpenter, received the Tim McKenzie Award at Champlain Housing Trust’s annual meeting and dinner on Saturday. The award recognized Carpenter’s outstanding contributions to permanently affordable housing during the past thirty years. Carpenter is a long-time Burlington resident. “I am honored to work with partner organizations like Champlain Housing Trust to extend affordable housing options to Vermonters not served by conventional markets,” said Carpenter, who has been VHFA’s executive director since 1998.

VHFA TO DONATE CLOTHING, CANDY TO WOMEN HELPING BATTERED WOMEN

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) will donate a pair of mittens stuffed with holiday candy to Burlington’s Women Helping Battered Women office for every new “like” of the Agency’s Facebook page through Sunday, December 15. “Our ‘mitten stuffing’ drive has been a holiday tradition at VHFA for many years,” according to Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. “This year, we thought we’d step up our goal since Women Helping Battered Women expects to see at least 300 children this month,” she continued. There are two ways the greater community can help.

SAM FALZONE WINS AFFORDABLE HOUSING MANAGEMENT AWARD

BURLINGTON, VT  The New England Affordable Housing Management Association (NEAHMA) honored Sam Falzone, VHFA's Director of Multifamily Programs, at their 25th annual conference this week in Norwood, MA. Mr. Falzone was presented the 2013 “Agency Staff Person of the Year” award by Nancy Hogan, NEAMA Vice President Agency Liaison on October 15, 2013. Appointed to the original NEAHMA Board in 1989, Mr. Falzone has maintained his support for this prominent New England training organization for many years. Joining VHFA’s staff in 1979, Mr.

PAT LOLLER NAMED VERMONT’S HUMAN RESOURCE PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR

BURLINGTON—Vermont Housing Finance Agency’s Director of Administration, Patricia Loller, was named Vermont’s Human Resources Professional of the Year on Monday by the Society of Human Resources Management. In presenting the award, Donna Austin-Hawley, President of the Vermont Human Resources Association (VHRA), noted Ms. Loller’s unmatched work ethic, energy, and organization in the leadership roles she has held with VHRA. The benefits of her work have touched human resource professionals statewide as VHRA Vice President, Program Committee member and Audit Committee member.

DOWN PAYMENT AND CLOSING COST ASSISTANCE PROGRAM LAUNCHED

BURLINGTON, VT  A new grant program launched today will connect lower income Vermonters with the down payment and closing costs needed to buy a home at historically low rates. Today the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) rolled out its down payment and closing assistance grants for Vermont home buyers, calling the program MOVE ASSIST. “MOVE ASSIST grants will enable low- to moderate-income Vermonters to clear one of the most difficult barriers to buying a home – the down payment or closing costs,” said Jacklyn Santerre, Director of Homeownership at VHFA.

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