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Posted by: VHFA on 3/24/2008

The Vermont Agency of Human Services and other Vermont housing organizations are sponsoring a series of "Housing Now" community meetings across the state.

The series is part of an initiative to build better connections among housing and service agencies in the state.

"Many housing providers have expressed the need to better understand the network of supportive services available in their community for tenants. The question of 'who to call' when crisis erupts is one that stretches to many corners of the state," reads a letter to housing providers signed by VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter and other housing agency heads.

"Our goal is to alleviate homelessness, prevent the loss of housing, and deliver services to tenants through a holistic approach."

The next "Housing Now" meeting will be 10 am to noon on April 10 at the American Legion at 32 Linden Street, Brattleboro.

R.S.V.P. to John Swartz at john.swartz@ahs.state.vt.us or (802) 257-2573.

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Posted by: VHFA on 3/18/2008

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 3/17/2008

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 3/6/2008

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 1/15/2008

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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