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Posted by: VHFA on May 14, 2008 - 8:53am

rss fwd logoWhile we can't take time out of the day to draw your attention to each and every nifty gadget the Internet offers, we thought this one might be of interest:

If you'd like to receive Housing Matters blog posts delivered automatically to your email in-box, try RSS FWD.

This free service from Blue Sky Factory Inc. will email you each Housing Matters post as it's published, either as HTML email or plain text. You can choose to receive each post as an individual email, or let RSS FWD collect our posts into daily "digests," so you'll receive no more than a single message a day.

Each email contains a link to unsubscribe from the feed at any time.

For those of you less inclined to explore the intricacies of subscribing to RSS feeds the "old fashioned" way — using a feed aggregator — this might be a simple and relatively hands-free alternative to be sure you don't miss a single post.

Posted by: VHFA on May 14, 2008 - 8:19am

bishca logoThe Vermont Banking Division of the Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration is now offering Vermonters free, confidential mortgage assistance on its new toll-free number: (888) 568-4547.

The number, part of the new Mortgage Assistance Program, is intended to help Vermonters facing foreclosure explore refinancing and counseling options.

The program is part of Gov. Jim Douglas's economic stimulus package, which he announced last month.

Learn more about the program and the assistance it offers at the Mortgage Assistance Program Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on May 13, 2008 - 1:59pm

tom pelletierGov. Jim Douglas has appointed Thomas N. Pelletier of Montpelier to the VHFA Board of Commissioners.

"Tom's been a highly-respected member of Vermont's lending community for a decade," says Executive Director Sarah Carpenter. "We're all looking forward to the energy and fresh perspective he'll bring to our Board."

He's been President and Chief Executive Officer of Northfield Savings Bank in Northfield since 1998, and fills the vacancy created by the departure of Paul Beaulieu, former Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Factory Point National Bank.

For more details on Tom's background, read our press release (1.2 MB; PDF).

Posted by: VHFA on May 13, 2008 - 10:30am

walkingVHFA Loss Management Specialist Polly Thibault has won the first award in the Agency's current walking program.

Polly won a gift card to Healthy Living Natural Foods in South Burlington for walking the most steps of any staff member last week: 68,687!

We're in the second week of VHFA's eight-week walking program, encouraging staff members to wear Agency-supplied pedometers to count their steps and increase their physical activity.

Read more about our walking program.

Posted by: VHFA on May 13, 2008 - 9:45am

chronic homelessness reportVHFA has just published "The Costs and Benefits of Assisting Vermont's Chronic Homelessness."

The 14-page report compares the costs of repeatedly serving people with serious disabilities and long histories of homelessness through expensive systems such as emergency rooms, prisons, and shelters with the costs of providing permanent supportive housing. It draws from studies already done in communities across the country.

The report was written and published by staff members from VHFA, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and Vermont Agency of Human Services, with review by The Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

Read the study online (948 kb; PDF), or contact VHFA to receive hardcopies.