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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on December 16, 2016 - 3:54pm

With the outdoor temperature near zero, VHFA’s Steve Gronlund headed out this afternoon to deliver candy-stuffed gloves, mittens and hats for at least 100 kids to the King Street Center. The Edlund Company partnered with VHFA this year to collect gear donations from staff and friends.

The mitten drive is a much-loved annual tradition that is part of VHFA’s year-long schedule of charitable activities. 







Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on December 15, 2016 - 3:13pm

From VT. Dept. for Children and Families: 

As you are no doubt aware, there are extreme wind chills forecasted for tonight, tomorrow, and tomorrow night. During instances like this, we all worry about the warmth and safety of vulnerable Vermonters.
As you know, across the state there are individuals currently under a period of ineligibility and who consequently cannot access emergency housing through the General & Emergency Assistance Program. This period of ineligibility is set in rule and applies to people in a variety of circumstances. Because of the extreme weather conditions we anticipate developing and because of concerns that most shelters will be at capacity, DCF is relaxing the Period of Ineligibility for tonight and tomorrow night (12/15 and 12/16). If there are Vermonters under a period of ineligibility who have no other place to stay, they can appear at their local ESD District Office today or call VT 2-1-1 after hours to be housed during this short duration.
Please note that the exception to this decision pertains to individuals currently ineligible due to either violent or destructive behavior; clients in those categories are still subject to the Period of Ineligibility.
Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the above, or if there are specific individuals or situations you wish to discuss. Thank you for all you do to help Vermonters every day.
Geoffrey T. Pippenger
General and Emergency Assistance Program Director
Economic Services Division
Department for Children & Families
cell: 802-798-2154
desk: 802-241-0637

Posted by: Will White on December 7, 2016 - 12:50pm

Need an affordable apartment or know someone who does?  There are vacancies in 28 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.

Property Total Units Address City/town
Algiers Family Housing 17 71 & 91 Guildford Center Road Guilford
Birge & Worden Housing 17 804 Western Avenue and 68 Birge Street Brattleboro
Canal & Main 24 9 Canal Street Brattleboro
Clark/Canal Street 12 44, 48 & 52 Clark Street and 63 Canal Street Brattleboro
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
Glover Senior Housing 12 23 Dexter Mountain Road Glover
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
Highgate Apartments 120 73 Highgate Drive Barre City
Hilltop Family Housing 24 426 Summer St, 606 Summer St, 20 Cote Court, 390 Portland St St. Johnsbury
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
Laterre House 7 24 East Main Street Wilmington
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
Passumpsic View Apartments 25 394 Railroad Street St. Johnsbury
Pine Meadow Apartments 30 9, 11, 39, 57, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 127 & 157 Jackson Lane Middlebury
Rainbow Apartments 20 25 Church Street Orleans
Red Maple - South Street Duplex 2 54 South Street Springfield
Riverview Apartments 57 73 Westminster Street Bellows Falls
The Meadows 10 4568 VT Route 14 Irasburg
Western Avenue Apartments 13 925, 929 & 935 Western Avenue Brattleboro
Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 30, 2016 - 11:27am

Community leaders and housing partners came together last week to celebrate the completion of renovations to historic buildings in downtown Bennington.  Developed and managed by Shires Housing, the buildings include 26 affordable apartments for low-income residents of all ages.  

Federal and state housing credits provided by VHFA covered forty percent of the costs of rehabbing the buildings. Other sources of funding include the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the HOME program, the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, the federal historic tax credit and the Vermont Community Development Program.  

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 30, 2016 - 9:37am

The Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is now accepting applications for its At-Risk Children grant. This free grant opportunity is open to social service providers, early childhood education programs, daycare centers, school-based programs such as ELL classrooms and afterschool programs, family centers, community organizations, shelters, low-income housing and other groups throughout Vermont and New Hampshire that serve low-income or at-risk infants and children up to age 12 (or a segment of that age range). 

The grant includes a professional storytelling presentation, brand new, high quality books for children to choose and take home, and an onsite library for the organization. Many sites also choose to include a parent seminar in their event to help families learn the importance of sharing books with children and strategies to do so, even if the parents are not strong readers themselves.

Eligibility: See website for details and a list of recent grant partners. If you have recently received an At-Risk grant, your site is eligible to reapply after three years (although if your program operates multiple sites you may apply on behalf of a different site location).    

Deadline: December 7, 2016

Application:  Application available online at http://clifonline.org/literacy-programs/at-risk-children/