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Posted by: VHFA on 7/28/2008

Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) has received a World Habitat Award from UN HABITAT.

The United Nations agency, whose goal is to promote shelter for people worldwide, will present CHT officials with the award at its World Habitat Day event, Oct. 6 in Luanda, Angola.

UN HABITAT presents two such awards a year — one in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern — to recognize "practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems."

News of the award was announced this morning at an event held at the Vermont Transit Bus Barns property on South Winooski Avenue, Burlington.

CHT staff and Board members, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Peter Welch, current and former Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss and Peter Clavelle, VHFA's Sarah Carpenter and VHCB's Gus Seelig attended the event, held at the site of a significant urban renewal project completed in 2001, which created 25 permanently affordable apartments. (Sen. Patrick Leahy had a scheduling conflict Monday morning, but sent along his well wishes.)

Two judges from UN HABITAT visited Vermont in April to meet CHT staff, Board members, residents and partners.

CHT CEO Brenda Torpy said the organization was "honored to be recognized among the best of the best, and we are thrilled to have this award to share with all of our partners that are so committed to permanently affordable housing."

Brenda was a founder of CHT, first known as the Burlington Community Land Trust, who joined the staff in 1991.

Learn more about CHT at the CHT Web site.

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Some of the speakers at today's event: Sen. Bernie Sanders, Sarah Carpenter, Gus Seelig, and Brenda Torpy.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/28/2008

Saturday morning, on a vote of 72-to-13, the U.S. Senate passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 3221).

The Senate chose not to amend the House-passed bill. It now goes to President Bush, who is expected to sign it.

You can read more about the act at the House Financial Services Committee page or the Democratic Policy Committee page.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/28/2008

We have an immediate opening for a Financial Analyst in the VHFA Finance Department.

This is an hourly position, working 37¬? hours a week.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/28/2008

We just performed our latest update to the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH).

The DoARH is a searchable online database of all subsidized rental housing in Vermont. It contains data on 12,246 units, as well as manager-submitted vacancy information.

Our latest update revises manager, owner and project information in the database.

If you pop in to check out the DoARH, please consider taking our online survey. The Center for Rural Studies, VHFA's partner in the site, is conducting the poll as part of a grant-funded initiative to improve the site's usability.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/25/2008

Owners and managers of VHFA-financed multifamily properties take note: We've just posted new documents for your 2009 budgets.

As in past years, we're providing you with a memo, instructions and an Excel worksheet — the Form 805. There're also updated documents for mobile home parks — the Form 905.

All these are available for download in the "Forms, documents and memos" section of our Web site.