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Bipartisan Policy Center recommends new funding and approaches to meet housing needs of seniors

A recent report from the Bipartisan Policy Center describes the need for a comprehensive national approach to integrating health care and housing for seniors.

New tools help real estate professionals appraise energy-efficient, high performance homes

The Vermont Green Home Alliance has completed the guide Appraised Value and Energy Efficiency: Getting It Right for building design professionals, builders, home performance contractors, appraisers, lenders, and real estate agents. This guide is intended to help professionals prepare for the increasing level of high performance new home construction and existing home energy efficiency improvement happening in Vermont.

Study Finds Affordable Housing Reduces Health Care Costs

A study conducted by the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) found affordable housing reduced overall health care expenditures by 12% for Medicaid recipients. By comparing individuals' Medicaid claims in the year prior to moving into affordable housing to their Medicaid claims in the year after moving in, researchers found an average total savings of $576 a year.

2015 shows impact of VHFA tools for making homes affordable

Throughout 2015, VHFA focused on finding new ways to help low- and moderate-income Vermonters share in the housing recovery. Almost all of the home buyers who used VHFA’s financing last year were taking the monumental step of buying their first homes. Some homes that were deteriorating after being foreclosed on by other lenders were fully renovated by VHFA through the Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program and sold to qualified home buyers.

Homeless at Vermont shelters rose in number and length of stay in 2015

The number of people who stayed in Vermont's emergency shelters last year and the average length of their stays were at their highest point in a decade. According to a recent report from Vermont's Department for Children and Families (DCF), publicly-supported emergency shelters in the state served 4,303 people in July 2014 through June 2015, up from 3,934 in the prior year.

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.

Housing is a “silent crisis” says new bi-partisan foundation

The lack of affordable housing in the U.S. has become a “silent crisis” says a new report from the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families.  The foundation, formed just last month, is led by a  bi-partisan group of business leaders, policy makers and financial and housing experts. 

Vermont among states highlighted in national mobile home replacement study

A recent study from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies uses experience gained during Vermont initiatives to suggest effective strategies for mobile home replacement.  VHFA’s allocation of tax credits for helping Vermonters replace dilapidated mobile homes is one the repo

Down payment assistance is a sound investment for Vermont

Economic pressures and demographic shifts are preventing many young Vermonters and their peers nationwide from becoming home owners. To help Vermont continue to reap the well-documented benefits that homeownership brings to individual households, their neighborhoods and the greater community, policy makers can create tools that make home buying more economically feasible.

Vermont's HUD Consolidated Plan under revision

The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development posted a revised “second draft” of its proposed 2015-2019 HUD Consolidated Plan and 2015 Action Plan on March 26, 2015 with tracked changes from the earlier draft version published on March 12.  The document and information about the plan are available on DHCD’s website.

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