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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 29, 2016 - 9:32am

Don't miss tonight's Burlington Young Professionals On Tap event  to learn about how to get started thinking about buying a home.  VHFA's Seth Leonard as well as other experts will be on hand to answer your questions and provide critical tips on buying a home in Vermont. 

Local realtor Blair Knowles described what the event has to offer and some of the challenges facing first time home buyers on WCAX last night.  

  • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
  • 5:30 - 7:30 pm 
  • The Growler Garage
  • 30 Main Street
  • Burlington, VT 
Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 23, 2016 - 10:25am

Break out your knitting needles (or get shopping) to keep children warm this winter. Drop off new children’s mittens and gloves at VHFA’s office at the corner of Saint Paul and King Streets in Burlington by Friday, December 16. 

After stuffing them with holiday goodies, VHFA will deliver the gifts to the King Street Center for children and teens who participate in their programs. 

VHFA’s mitten drive has been an annual holiday tradition for many years, thanks to the generosity of area mitten and glove donors like you.  Contact Steve Gronlund with questions at 864-5743

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 18, 2016 - 9:54am

Yesterday was pay up day for our friends at Housing Vermont who graciously served VHFA staff a delicious lunch in honor of our 2016 Way to Go Challenge Carbon Throwdown win. 

The friendly competition resulted in estimated savings of 6,475 miles of driving as 43 staff from the two agencies used alternative means of transportation during the 2-week competition in October.  

Way to go!

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 17, 2016 - 4:14pm

At the biennial Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on November 15, two statewide leaders were honored for their service and achievements. Representative Helen Head received the “Legislative Housing Hero” award for her years of commitment to affordable housing.  Head has served as South Burlington’s representative to the Vermont House of Representatives since 2003 and as Chair of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs since 2007.  She also helped lead Project Home (now HomeShare Vermont) and the Joint Urban Ministries Project (JUMP).  Head also volunteers with and on behalf of Hospice of the Champlain Valley, Dismas House and Small Potatoes. 

Polly Nichol of Montpelier received the “Innovation and Impact Housing Hero” award for 28 years of service and vision at the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board.  As the first Housing Director of the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Nichol helped build the capacity of the statewide network of non-profits by investing in 12,000 homes and worked with Habitat for Humanity to support more than 108 homes.  Nichol also led Vermont’s housing preservation work and initiated and developed statewide lead paint and AmeriCorps programs. 

Housing Hero awards have been granted by the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference since 2002.  Previous winners include former state Senator Susan Bartlett, Representative Martha Heath, Vermont’s Mobile Home Project and Governor Madeleine Kunin. Coordinated by Vermont Housing Finance Agency on behalf of a multi-agency planning committee, the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference draws 400-500 professionals together from across the state to collaborate and improve housing opportunities for Vermonters. 

 

Posted by: lori on November 16, 2016 - 10:16am

BURLINGTON-The message to the hundreds of professionals gathered at the Hilton Burlington yesterday was loud and clear: A stable life starts with stable housing.  Scholars Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer described the poignant interviews they had with poor families before writing their renowned book “$2.00 A Day: Living on Next to Nothing in America.” 

“When we asked what they needed most, people consistently said they wanted a home of their own and a job paying $10-$12 hour.” Without the safety of four walls, poor families live in a highly volatile “toxic alchemy” of threats and obstacles, Edin explained.

In another session, Jason Williams of the UVM Medical Center described the health care industry’s paradigm shift as hospital investments in stable housing demonstrate a pay off in terms of patient recovery.  By collaborating with Safe Harbor Health Center and Champlain Housing Trust, the Medical Center has seen dramatic, measurable benefits for formerly homeless people who move into Harbor Place and Beacon Apartments. Without options like these, homeless patients at the Medical Center must remain in inpatient care longer. The cost of developing the efficiency housing units at these two locations is proving to be far less than the cost of inpatient care or state-provided emergency motel vouchers.

In addition to highlighting best practices like the Medical Center's housing investment, the conference honored two statewide leaders for their service and achievements. Vermont Representative Helen Head received the “Legislative Housing Hero” award for her work as Chair of the House Committee on General, Housing and Military Affairs. Head has made improving the lives of Vermonters through affordable housing an integral part of her legislative work for over 13 years. 

Polly Nichol received the “Innovation and Impact Housing Hero” award for her decades of service and vision at the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board expanding opportunities for decent, safe and affordable housing for all Vermonters. 

Pictured: Luke Shaefer and Kathryn Edin deliver conference keynote on the country's very poor families. 

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