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Posted by: josh on 5/21/2008

Staff from VHFA and other housing organizations celebrated the grand opening of Village Housing, a new 30-unit building housing families in Middlebury.

Village Housing was developed by Housing Vermont; Addison County Community Trust; and HOPE, formerly known as Addison County Community Action Group.

In addition to Tax Credits, state credits, and construction and permanent financing from VHFA, the project received funding from VHCB, HOME, VCLT, NeighborWorks® and VCDP.

The project also received a price concession on the land from Middlebury College.

Village Housing is one component of a larger smart growth community that includes Middlebury Cottages, an affordable single-family home development, as well as high-end market rate housing and commercial lots.

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Photos (clockwise from upper-left): Village Housing; VHFA Chief of Program Operations David Adams; (from left) Gov. Jim Douglas; Terry McKnight, ACCT; Jeanne Montross, HOPE; and Nancy Owens, Housing Vermont.

Posted by: VHFA on 5/20/2008

walking program mapVHFA Multifamily Operations Specialist Josh Slade received the second weekly award in the Agency's current walking program.

Josh won a gift card to Dick's Sporting Goods for being the Agency's most-improved walker this week, walking 16 miles more this week than last!

We're in the third 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.

We're tracking progress of each participant on a map (pictured), representing a path from Burlington, Vt., to the coast of Maine.

Read more about our walking program.

Posted by: VHFA on 5/19/2008

homeshare vermont logoHomeShare Vermont Inc. was named a 2008 Older Americans Month Program Champion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging.

The award highlights programs that demonstrate the principles of the Administration's efforts to modernize community-based long-term care and provide greater assurance that older people will maintain their independence longer.

HomeShare Vermont assists elders and persons with disabilities to live independently in their own homes by bringing them together with people seeking affordable housing and caregiving opportunities. The organization provides matching services for anyone in Chittenden County.

Learn more at the HomeShare Vermont Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on 5/15/2008

nersc award presentationNew England Resident Service Coordinators (NERSC) President Lynn Lippitt (left) presented VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter (right) an award for VHFA's 10 years of support of NERSC.

She made the presentation at NERSC's 10th anniversary conference held at the North Conway Grand Hotel in North Conway, N.H., May 6-9.

VHFA Director of Multifamily Programs Sam Falzone serves on the NERSC Board of Directors.

The next annual NERSC conference comes to the Hilton on Burlington's waterfront April 29-May 1, 2009.

Learn more about resident service coordinators, the role they play in housing, and the history of NERSC at the NERSC Web site.

Posted by: VHFA on 5/14/2008

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