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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on May 5, 2017 - 3:09pm

The annual count of people living in Chittenden County who are homeless decreased by 12% from the previous year, according to the Chittenden County Homeless Alliance. This continues a declining trend that has brought the number of people who are homeless in the county down 45% over the past four years. The Chittenden County Homeless Alliance, which VHFA has partnered with since 2003, is a coalition of individuals, organizations, and government who support a vision of a safe, decent, affordable, stable home for every person and family in Chittenden County.

Maura Collins, VHFA’s Director of Policy & Administration, who attended the event where the data was released said, “Prioritizing people who most need assistance first, sharing information and resources, and working together has helped reduce homelessness in our community. That said, the shared goal of ending homelessness will only be achieved when there is adequate funding for affordable housing targeted towards people with very low incomes. The housing bond being discussed by the Vermont State Legislature is exactly the kind of investment that can continue this reduction so we can meet that goal of ending homelessness.”

Mayor Miro Weinberger also touted the bond, urging the legislature to pass the new investment to increase housing opportunities in the region.

Pictured: Miro Weinberger, Mayor of Burlington, Erin Ahearn, Community Health Centers of Burlington and Margaret Bozik, Champlain Housing Trust at the press event releasing the new data. 

 

Posted by: VHFA News on May 4, 2017 - 1:32pm

The Vermont Senate has passed a bill (S.100) to enact a $35 million housing bond to spur the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing across the State.  The bill is now in the House with just a few days to go until adjournment.  Recommended in Governor Scott's budget proposal, the housing bond would address a significant need for affordable housing in Vermont, help to alleviate homelessness, house the workforce, and provide expanded homeownership opportunities for Vermonters.  

For these reasons, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) is urging Vermonters to contact the Vermont Legislature's Sergeant at Arms (802-828-2228) or email House members today indicating the importance of passing the affordable housing bond before the Legislature adjourns.
 
For more information, please contact Erhard Mahnke, VAHC Coordinator,  at erhardm@vtaffordablehousing.org or check out the following resources:

 
 

Posted by: Will White on May 4, 2017 - 1:00pm

Need an affordable apartment or know someone who does?  There are vacancies in 23 different apartment complexes across the state, according to the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing. Find out more about particular units by visiting the vacancy profiles on line.

Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH)

Search results: Site specific rental units with vacancies, Statewide (23 properties)

 
Property Units Address City/town
Clarks Landing 9 25 Clarks Landing Groton
Crystal Lake Housing 15 117 High Street; 109 Water Street and 35 Main Street Barton
Darling Inn 28 76 Depot Street Lyndon
Derby Line Gardens 11 197 Main Street Derby Line
Gilman Senior Housing 10 29 & 31 Jefferson Avenue Concord
Governor Prouty Apartments 24 26, 28 & 54 Governor Drive Newport City
Governors Mansion Apartments 15 88 Second Street Newport City
Groton Community Housing 18 168 Powder Spring Road; 1334 Scott Highway; 1352 Scott Highway and 1579 Scott Highway Groton
Hilltop Family Housing 24 426 Summer St, 606 Summer St, 20 Cote Court, 390 Portland St St. Johnsbury
Lake Champlain Apartments 27 185 Pine Street and 243-247 Church Street Burlington
Lakebridge 21 343 Main Street, 48 Pleasant Street and 14, 26 & 50 Compass Drive Newport
Lakeview Housing 16 16 Governor Drive, 36 Field Avenue and 236 Highland Avenue Newport
Marigold Apartments 6 141 Church Street Lyndonville
Moose River Housing 28 159, 195, 231 & 261 Moose River Drive St. Johnsbury
Mountain View St. Jay Housing 48 105, 106, 178 & 196 Mountain View Drive St. Johnsbury
Newport Senior Housing 13 107 & 119 Main Street Newport
Parkview 12 143 Willey Street Newport City
Passumpsic View Apartments 25 394 Railroad Street St. Johnsbury
Rainbow Apartments 20 25 Church Street Orleans
Riverview Apartments 57 73 Westminster Street Bellows Falls
South Saint Paul Townhouses 15 355 Saint Paul Street Burlington
The Meadows 10 4568 VT Route 14 Irasburg
West River Valley - Assisted Living 28 461 Grafton Road Townshend
Posted by: Joe Erdelyi on May 3, 2017 - 9:51am

VHFA supported the renovation and expansion of Bradley House in Brattleboro with the commitment of a $3.1 million construction loan and its staff was gratified to attended the project's ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday.

The development is a Level III Residential Care facility that serves seniors in need of a variety of services, and the expansion will increase the number of residents served from 28 to 35. The wonderfully elaborate building that will be renovated was built in the 1860s and an attached new wing will be added to allow this expansion. The facility is owned and run by Holton Home Inc. and is their second such property in Brattleboro.

Development services were provided by Cathedral Square Corporation and other new funding was committed by USDA Rural Development, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Vermont Community Development Program, Commons Energy, Efficiency Vermont, 3E Thermal, The Town of Brattleboro, Vermont Community Loan Fund and private fundraising.  Brattleboro Savings and Loan has provided longstanding banking and financial services to Holton Home Inc. and were also key to helping achieve this objective. 

Pictured: Cindy Reid, Cathedral Square Corporation, Governor Phil Scott and Cindy Jerome, Holton Home LLC. 

Posted by: lori on May 1, 2017 - 3:13pm

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced that VHFA has hired a new Multifamily Management Officer.  Andrea Tieso comes to VHFA from Summit Property Management where she has worked since 2014 as a Compliance Specialist.  She has many years of experience in property management and has worked specifically with Housing Tax Credits and Section 8 housing.

 

Andrea lives in Charlotte with her husband and three children.

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