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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.

Vermont plumbing rules under revision

The Vermont Department of Public Safety is currently accepting public comment on an annotated version of the Vermont Plumbing Rules

A public hearing regarding the rules is scheduled for:

Exploring solutions to homelessness in Vermont

Housing and homelessnessVermont suffered a 9% increase in homelessness last year, according to a new report from Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont.

Vermont tops nation in energy efficiency in recent survey

energy efficiency mapVermont topped the list of a recent WalletHub survey as the most energy efficient state in the U.S., reported the National Mortgage P

Housing and health: The importance of place

In the second of a series of papers on how affordable housing impacts other pieces of our lives, the connection between health and housing is becoming better understood. In Housing and Health: The Importance of Place, the authors delve into some of these impacts. As Megan Sandel, M.D., M.P.H., and Deborah Frank, M.D.

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