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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/

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!