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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on July 13, 2018 - 9:53am

From our partners at the Vermont Department of Health: 

Despite concerted efforts to provide continuous prevention and safety messages during the most recent heat wave, tragically we have seen four heat-related deaths.

High heat days will return. We know that some people who are more at risk may have fewer opportunities to stay cool and safe, may have no one to care for them, and may need extra assistance during extreme heat.

We ask you to reach out through your networks to share this information and encourage partner organizations, care providers and volunteers to identify those people at higher risk, and plan to provide enhanced care and check-ins during hot weather.

Who is most at risk? 

Vermonters are generally at greater risk for serious heat-related illnesses when temperatures reach 87°F or more. Although 87° may not seem very hot, many of us may be especially at risk because we don’t experience hot weather very often.

People who live alone in homes and buildings that do not have air conditioning, insulation, or other cooling features, and older adults tend to be at higher risk for heat illnesses.

Other people at higher risk are those who are more exposed to the weather (outdoor workers, hikers, sports players, homeless people), young children, people who are overweight or who have chronic medical conditions, and those who use recreational drugs, alcohol or some prescription medications. 

For more information –

  • Find more about hot weather and health impacts, and heat safety tips in English plus Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Kirundi, Nepali, Somali and Spanish at www.healthvermont.gov/climate/heat
  • Stay tuned. Sign up to receive weather advisories, watches and warnings directly to your email or cell phone: vtalert.gov. Keep up with weather updates from the National Weather Service: www.weather.gov
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Posted by: Mia Watson on July 10, 2018 - 9:11am

PUBLIC RELEASE

Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VT-500 Balance of State Continuum of Care)

FFY2018 HUD Continuum of Care Program - Notice of Funding Availability

 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) – NEW AND RENEWAL PROJECTS

The Vermont Balance of State Continuum of Care (VT BoS CoC) is accepting proposal applications for projects to be funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) as part of the FFY2018 CoC Program Notice of Funding Availability.

Applications for projects to serve the VT BoS CoC geographic area (all counties in Vermont, except Chittenden) should address local housing and service needs, with a priority to serve vulnerable populations including individuals & families experiencing chronic homelessness, persons fleeing domestic violence, youth/young adults (18-24), families with children under 18, and Veterans.

Any and all eligible entities, including those that do not currently receive CoC Program funds, are encouraged to submit complete proposal applications (only one request per application) for any NEW and/or RENEWAL project with the following available funds:

  • $3,162,700; Existing CoC Projects - Renewal (currently funded FFY17 recipients)
  • $201,372; New or Expansion Projects - Reallocation funding (any eligible entity)
  • $201,884; New or Expansion Projects – Bonus funding (any eligible entity)
  • $162,411; New or Expansion Projects – DV Bonus funding (any eligible entity)

Complete applications must be submitted electronically to the Vermont State Housing Authority - Daniel Blankenship (daniel@vsha.org) before 4:00PM Friday, AUGUST 3, 2018.

More information on the CoC Program, HEARTH Act, the CoC Interim Rule and the NOFA is available on HUD’s website:  https://www.hudexchange.info/coc

Additional information on the VT Coalition to End Homelessness (VT BoS CoC), FFY2018 CoC Program RFP, CoC Project Ranking Policy, CoC Project Scoring Tools (Renewal & New) is available at:  http://helpingtohousevt.org/whatwedo/hud/

Posted by: Mia Watson on July 9, 2018 - 9:21am

Otis Atwell is our newest Premiere level sponsor of the 2018 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. The conference will be held on November 13th and 14th at the Hilton Burlington.

The conference, held every two years, draws hundreds of housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers. It offers a unique opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired about housing in Vermont. This exciting event would not be possible without sponsors like Otis Atwell.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are left! Sign up to sponsor this event now to get free conference registrations, an exhibit table, and many marketing benefits. Learn more about sponsorship benefits online.

Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on July 3, 2018 - 4:09pm

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), located in Burlington VT, is seeking an Executive Director who will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Agency and as such directs and administers all programs, operations, and activities, and oversees the organization of the staff and departments. The Executive Director serves at the pleasure of the Board of Commissioners and performs such duties and functions as they may prescribe, as well as fulfilling the role of Secretary of the Agency.

Last month Sarah Carpenter announced her plans to retire after 20 years at the agency's helm. 

VHFA strives to be a housing resource for all of Vermont and this position is expected to provide the leadership to achieve that goal. The Executive Director will focus on three primary areas:

  • Advocacy and development of the housing finance industry. Works within Vermont and nationally with a variety of key public and private partners to develop policies and programs to promote sustainable housing opportunities for low and moderate income Vermonters, and supports the vitality and economic development of Vermont communities.
  • Financing and development of affordable housing stock.  Formulates specific housing program goals, financial objectives and priorities to encourage the investment of private capital and housing tax credits to stimulate the construction and rehabilitation of affordable housing, and the purchase and sale of existing homes throughout the State through the use of public financing.
  • Internal and external leadership.  Represents the Agency before public and industry groups, the State Legislature and its committees, and individuals involved with VHFA in any capacity. Works closely with Vermont’s congressional delegation to promote the availability of federal housing programs to serve Vermonters.

Named a “Best Small/Medium Place to Work in Vermont” in 2016, 2017 and 2018, VHFA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. This posting and a summary of benefits is available at www.vhfa.org/careers. Please send cover letter, resume and references to HR@vhfa.org by 4:00 pm, August 1, 2018. Position will be open until filled.

VHFA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. We highly encourage women, persons with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.

Posted by: Mia Watson on June 29, 2018 - 8:06am

Residents, staff, and supporters gathered in Brattleboro last week for a ribbon-cutting celebration at Great River Terrace. The project, sponsored Windham & Windsor Housing Trust (WWHT), created 22 affordable apartments for homeless and very low income Vermonters. The $4.6 million project was funded in part by federal and state tax credits and a construction loan awarded by VHFA.

The development converts the former Lamplighter Inn, an extended stay motel, into 22 efficiency and one-bedroom rental apartments. The apartments will be reserved for the homeless or at-risk households. WWHT will partner with Healthcare and Rehabilitation Services to provide mental health and substance abuse counseling, and with Groundworks Collaborative to provide budgeting assistance and basic life skill support to residents.

 “Vermont Housing Finance Agency has prioritized funding for permanent supportive housing developments for people who are homeless or at-risk,” remarked VHFA Deputy Director Maura Collins, who attended the ribbon-cutting event.  “Great River Terrace is a prime example of that commitment.”

The project completely overhauled the existing structure, replacing it with energy-efficient materials and rooftop solar panels. A newly constructed community building will offer office space for the on-site supportive services, laundry space, a community living room, and a community kitchen.

This project also received funding from Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB), the Vermont Community Development Program, the National Housing Trust Fund, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) HOME program.

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