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Wellness

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.

Temporary housing available for Vermonters at risk of homelessness during weekend's extreme cold

Vermonters at risk of homelessness should  call 2-1-1 to arrange for temporary housing during the extreme cold this weekend, Governor Peter Shumlin advised Friday.

The Vermont Division of Emergency Management & Homeland Security is issuing wind chill warnings for most of the state from 4 a.m. Saturday through 7 p.m. Sunday, with wind chill temperatures expected to plunge to between 25 and 40 below zero.

VHFA named one of Vermont's best places to work

We have long known that VHFA is a fantastic place to work, and now the secret is out. Vermont Business Magazine named VHFA one of the Best Places to Work in Vermont for 2016

Most Vermonters are likely to choose living in smoke-free housing

The latest Vermont Department of Health survey indicated that nearly 60% of Vermonters would be more likely to choose living in a smoke-free building over a similar building in which smoking was permitted.

There was even greater support for limiting smoking in building entryways; roughly 80% of survey respondents supported limiting or outright prohibiting smoking in entryways. 

Walking the talk of wellness in the workplace

bikesmoothieBicycle powered smoothies were one of the many items on the menu for yesterday’s VHFA Wellness Fair. Staff from across the agency received biometric screenings and flu immunizations as well as yoga, Qigong, and healthy eating workshops.

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.

Affordable housing is key to a child's success in school

Housing and educationA new paper was released today that highlights the intersection of affordable housing and education, and the benefits that an affordable home provides kids in terms of their ability to learn in school.

VHFA celebrates Pat Loller’s retirement with tears, smiles and feng shui

Sarah Pat CakeSurrounded by “lucky bamboo” to ensure a retirement filled with happiness and prosperity, VHFA staff celebrated Pat Loller’s last day as Director of Administration—a critical role Pat half-jokingly often described as “Chief of Stuff.”

Children's Literacy Foundation brings books and adventure to Highgate community

Traveler and author Jan Reynolds visited the Highgate apartment community in Barre this week, thanks to the Children's Literacy Foundation.

VHFA-ers hit the pavement

Being outdoors in downtown Burlington at lunch time is bound to bring you face to face with several of VHFA’s most active staff.    Steadfast Agency runners, cyclists and walkers, including Lisa Clark, Polly Thibault and Carolynn Mossey (p

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