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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 (pictured)

Resident service coordinators hone networks and skills at annual conference

The 15th annual New England Resident Services Coordinators (NERSC) conference was held last week in Brewster, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The conference drew record attendance with more than 400 participants, even from outside New England.

Stiff ugly sweater competition at VHFA’s staff post-holiday party

VHFA staff celebrated the new year last week with their traditional ugly sweater competition, Yankee gift swap and potluck lunch.   

Crisis heating assistance available for Vermont residents

Lower-income Vermonters experiencing home heating problems on these extremely cold days are encouraged to contact the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF) to request crisis heating assistance. 

Vermont’s healthy homes program receives $1.7 million grant

The Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will receive a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to fund Healthy Homes Vermont.

New HUD guidelines to help housing providers reduce childhood lead poisoning

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VHFA wins Governor's wellness recognition award

Housing Matters just learned that VHFA received Vermont's 2012 Worksite Wellness Award. The award comes from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

Burlington wins $2.4 million to make homes safer for low-income residents

The City of Burlington’s Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO) has won a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to reduce lead-based paint hazards and address other health and safety hazards in the homes of low-income residents of Burlington and Winooski. CEDO will use $2,475,000 to make 135 eligible homes safe from lead-based paint and other health and safety hazards.

Steps to smokefree multi-unit housing

The American Lung Association announced a new online resource on the issue of smokefree multi-unit housing, Smokefree Policies in Multi-Unit Housing: Steps for Success.    These tools are targeted to public health advocates fairly new to the topic, property managers, residents and others will find the .  

Study confirms academic benefits of reducing childhood exposure to lead-based paint

Public policy efforts in Massachusetts in the 1990s to reduce children’s exposure to lead generated “modest but statistically significant improvements in test performance in the 2000s, with particular benefits for children in low-income communities,”  according to a recent report.  The study was conducted by the New England Public Policy Center at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

Read the study.


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