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Many East Central Vermont households face high housing expenses, long commutes and scarce rental options

TRORC HNAA recent study by VHFA found that thousands of residents of the East Central Vermont region face extraordinary challenges finding housing that is both affordable and located near their jobs and needed services.

Low-income towns are more vulnerable to climate-change induced extreme weather, new report shows

Low-income communities are hit hard by extreme weather because they lack the resources required to evacuate and deal with the effects, says a new report from the Center for American Progress.

Among the report's recommendations are:

Greater Burlington area among most expensive housing markets in the U.S.

For workers in certain industries, especially tourism and service jobs, the cost of renting or buying a home in the Burlington metropolitan area is out of reach given average wages paid in these fields.

New study features Vermont shared equity homes

Based on a study of seven places in the U.S, including the Vermont towns served by the Champlain Housing Trust, Apt Associates’ Jeffrey Lubell concludes that shared equity approaches to housing have clear benefits.  

Guest Post: Corporate rax reform could lead to losses in equity for affordable rental housing

By Michael J. Novogradac, CPA

Updates to Vermont Plumbing Rules proposed

The Vermont Department of Public Safety has proposed a series of updates to the Vermont Plumbing rules.  

Long commutes less prevalent in Vermont than other parts of the country

An estimated 14,400 Vermont workers (4.8 percent) commute an hour or longer, according to a recent Census Bureau study of people who worked outside the home in 2011.  Every New

Housing cost burden more prevalent among renters in Chittenden County than rest of New England

Bipartisan Policy Center recommends broad changes for U.S. housing policy

Earlier this week, the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission released its vision for the future of housing policy in its report: 

Task force calls for comprehensive and rapid weatherization of Vermont buildings

Investing in thermal efficiency improvements—primarily air sealing, insulation, and heating system replacements—can dramatically reduce a home’s heating energy use.   An estimated 62,000 single and multi-family homes in Vermont will require energy efficient imp

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