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Posted by: VHFA on 7/2/2008

VHFA wrapped up its eight-week walking program with Loss Management Specialist Polly Thibault as the Agency's top walker.

For walking a total 293 miles, Polly won a beach bag full of beach necessities and a gift certificate for lunch.

Director of Administration Pat Loller was a close second.

The program encouraged staff members to wear Agency-supplied pedometers to count their steps and increase their physical activity. We tracked progress of each participant on a map representing a path from Burlington, Vt., to the coast of Maine, more than 210 miles away.

Participants reaching the beach included: Polly, Pat, Executive Assistant Lori Gilding, Director of Development Joe Erdelyi, Multifamily Management Officer Ann-Marie Plank, Human Resources/Office Manager Martha Panton, and Chief Financial Officer Tom Connors.

As a group, the Agency walked a total 3,350 miles, the distance from the tip of Maine to Washington state.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/2/2008

conference web site thumbnailThe 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference Web site is now live.

Register online now for the Nov. 18 event. Do it before Oct. 17 and take 20% off the registration fee, paying the "early bird" fee of just $40 for the day-long event.

This conference is Vermont's premiere housing event. Watch the site as we add details about speakers and the agenda for the day.

Posted by: VHFA on 7/2/2008

trophyVHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is the time we announce all our top originators for the previous year. Homeownership Outreach Coordinator Erin Perrin made presentations to our first two honorees yesterday.

Sarah Britton Cote with New England Federal Credit Union in Williston is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Chittenden and Grand Isle counties for 2008. Carol McKinney, at New England Federal Credit Union in St. Albans, takes the honor for Franklin County.

Loan originators at VHFA participating lenders act as the Agency's sales team and are an integral part of VHFA's mortgage process.

We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations to Sarah and Carol!

Posted by: VHFA on 7/1/2008

union square apartments ground breaking
VHFA Commissioner Gus Seelig (left) and Executive Director Sarah Carpenter (third from right) were among the housing dignitaries who attended a ground breaking ceremony at Union Square Apartments in Windsor last Friday.

Union Square Apartments, formerly known as Armory Square, is a $9 million construction project that will offer 58 affordable apartments when it's completed next November.

Read more about Union Square and the ground breaking at the Rockingham Area Community Land Trust Web site.

(Photo: Courtesy Housing Vermont)

Posted by: VHFA on 6/30/2008

report cover VHFA published its latest issue paper this morning. "Family Homelessness in Vermont" is the fourth in a series of issue papers we began two years ago.

"Family Homelessness in Vermont," written by VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks, explores the number of homeless Vermonters, the state of Vermont's shelters, why people are homeless, as well as what Vermonters are doing about the problem and what more we can do.

Other issue papers in our series are:

Today's report's release was top news in this morning's Burlington Free Press. Read the Free Press story.