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Posted by: VHFA on March 18, 2008 - 1:16pm

VHFA is looking for a firm (or combination of firms) to perform one or a combination of financial advisory services. We've published a request for proposal (RFP) document at vhfa.org to help us in our search.

The contract will likely begin in July. Deadline for replies is April 15.

Learn more about the RFP online, and don't hesitate to contact us at finrfp@vhfa.org with your questions. We'll be posting your questions, and our answers, on the RFP page.

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Posted by: VHFA on March 17, 2008 - 2:14pm

scott baker & tom connorsVHFA Investment Manager Scott Baker celebrates his 20th anniversary with the Agency this month.

Scott joined VHFA's Finance Department on March 28, 1988, as Investment Officer. He was promoted from Senior Financial Analyst to his current position last August.

At a staff gathering that fell on St. Patrick's Day, Scott (left) was presented with the Agency's traditional 20th anniversary gift, a VHFA captain's chair, before receiving an Irish blessing from Chief Financial Officer Tom Connors (right).

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Posted by: VHFA on March 6, 2008 - 8:55am

Housing Matters has transitioned from a bi-monthly electronic newsletter to a blog.

After publishing nearly 40 issues of our newsletter over the past six years, we've retooled Housing Matters to make it more dynamic and timely.

From now on, we'll publish stories in blog format — posting individual stories online as soon as they're written.

The new format will allow us to publish housing news and matters of interest more quickly than our old bi-monthly format.

You can still browse back issues of the Housing Matters newsletter.

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Posted by: admin on January 15, 2008 - 5:28am

BURLINGTON—Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced that Martha Panton, PHR, of Vergennes has joined VHFA as Human Resources/Office Manager. Panton was most recently Human Resources Project Coordinator at HallerLee Human Resources Consulting LLC in Burlington. Before that she served as Human Resources Administrator at 4 Seasons Garden Center in Williston. She was recently certified a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI), the credentialing affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in Alexandria, Virginia. The certification is the result of an intensive course of study in strategic planning, compensation and benefits, HR development, employee rights, and other HR issues, followed by a four-hour exam. Panton holds a Bachelor of Science in Business, earned at Champlain College in 2006. VHFA was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped more than 25,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of almost 7,000 affordable rental units.

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Posted by: admin on October 10, 2007 - 7:48am

BURLINGTON— Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter has received the Leahy Leadership Award. The award, established in 1998, recognizes outstanding efforts of individuals to alleviate homelessness in Vermont. U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy and Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) Executive Director Rita Markley presented the honor at the COTS Annual Meeting on Oct. 9 in Burlington. Carpenter received the award for her leadership in the area of affordable housing, and in particular for her many efforts to fight homelessness. These include support of the Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign, a member organization created in 2002 to address Vermont's housing shortage by promoting planning and development of housing for all Vermonters, and her guidance on the Vermont Interagency Council to End Homelessness. “We are also saluting her tireless efforts to create closer partnerships between housing developers and homeless service providers,” Markley said when presenting the award. Under Sarah’s leadership VHFA has “allocated countless hours of staff time on research and policy development to help the homeless.” VHFA has also “generously supported the statewide homelessness coalition by covering the costs for a web site (www.helpingtohouse.org) that makes exchanging information back and forth between shelters much easier and quicker.” - 2 - Carpenter joined VHFA in 1998. Before that, she spent 15 years as Executive Director of Cathedral Square Corp., a South Burlington-based non-profit organization that owns and manages properties for seniors and people with special needs. Past recipients of the Leahy Leadership Award include Gov. Howard Dean, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Executive Director and VHFA Commissioner Gus Seelig, United Way of Chittenden County’s Gretchen Morse and others. VHFA was created by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the Agency has helped more than 25,000 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of almost 7,000 affordable rental units.

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