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Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 7, 2016 - 11:28am

Next week's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference will provide many opportunities to get your questions answered about how the election affects Vermont. Walk-in registration is available at the same initial low price so join us on November 14-15 at the Burlington Hilton.

A legislative breakfast reception on the 15th is devoted to connecting conference participants with at least 14 state legislators and staff from all 3 Vermont federal legislative offices. The winner of the Vermont governor's race has also been invited to speak at the conference. 

Four sessions conducted by state and federal experts on the 15th will focus directly on the future of state and federal policy in the wake of tomorrow's elections.  None of us can afford to miss out on these unique opportunities!



Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on November 2, 2016 - 12:07pm

Autumn in New England means the leaves turn colors and there is a nip in the air.  For many it also means higher fuel and energy costs.  Join Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) for a FREE workshop to help learn how to “green up” your home and save money.   Experts from Efficiency Vermont will cover a variety of ways to reduce energy use and make your home more comfortable.  These include low-cost measures that most homeowners can easily implement themselves.  They will also identify and illustrate some higher cost measures that can result in even bigger savings.  Finally, they will discuss programs and services in our area that can help you even more!  There is so much to gain by participating in this workshop, plus every participant gets a FREE giveaway!

Register or contact CHT’s Home Education team at 802-861-7394 or education@getahome.org


Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 31, 2016 - 11:36am

The Common Rental Application for Housing in Vermont has been revised based on feedback from housing managers, applicant experiences and the state’s evolving information needs.  The revised application was announced by Executive Director Sarah Carpenter last week at the annual conference of the Vermont Housing Managers Association.

Since it was first developed in 2011, the common rental application has been streamlining the process of applying for assisted rental housing in Vermont.  All new rental housing receiving housing credit funding or loans from VHFA are automatically required to use the common rental application.

The most substantive change is that the application now asks applicants to indicate whether they are currently homeless or at risk of homelessness.  It also asks applicants to review HUD’s definitions and identify the type of homelessness their household has been experiencing.  

Other new information now collected on the common application include:

  • Marital status
  • Full-time versus part-time occupancy in unit of each household member
  • Expected additions to the household in the next 12 months
  • Absent household members
  • Prior states of residency
  • Features needed for reasonable accommodation
  • Student status detail

The newly revised application is available on VHFA's website and through the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing section of the Vermont Housing Data website.  Comments and questions about may be sent directly to Kim Roy, VHFA’s Assistant Director for Multifamily Programs.



Posted by: Will White on October 28, 2016 - 2:50pm

Need an affordable apartment or know someone who does? Vermont has plenty of options! There are vacancies in 34 different apartment complexes across the state, according to the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing. Find out more about particular units by visiting the vacancy profiles on line.

Property Units Address City/town
109 Green Street 5 109 Green Street Brattleboro
11 Cross Street 6 11 Cross Street Brattleboro
1867 Building 4 418 Railroad Street St. Johnsbury
599 Main Street 6 599 Main Street Lyndon
Algiers Family Housing 17 71 & 91 Guildford Center Road Guilford
Birge & Worden Housing 17 804 Western Avenue and 68 Birge Street Brattleboro
Caledonia Housing 28 279 Spring; 380 Portland Street; 139 Pearl Street; 72 High Street; 767 Railroad Street; 211 Winter Street; 78 Hastings Hill; 77 Barker Avenue St. Johnsbury
Canal & Main 24 9 Canal Street Brattleboro
Clark/Canal Street 12 44, 48 & 52 Clark Street and 63 Canal Street Brattleboro
Darling Inn 28 76 Depot Street Lyndon
Derby Housing 9 22 Caswell Avenue Derby
Derby Line Gardens 11 197 Main Street Derby Line
Gilman Senior Housing 10 29 & 31 Jefferson Avenue Concord
Glover Senior Housing 12 23 Dexter Mountain Road Glover
Governor Prouty Apartments 24 26, 28 & 54 Governor Drive Newport City
Groton Community Housing 18 168 Powder Spring Road; 1334 Scott Highway; 1352 Scott Highway and 1579 Scott Highway Groton
Highgate Apartments 120 73 Highgate Drive Barre City
Hilltop Family Housing 24 426 Summer St, 606 Summer St, 20 Cote Court, 390 Portland St St. Johnsbury
Hotel & Kidder 14 22 & 29 West Street Derby
Island Pond 11 19 Walnut Street, 190 Derby Street, 74 Mountain Street, 84 Elm Street Brighton
Lakebridge 21 343 Main Street, 48 Pleasant Street and 14, 26 & 50 Compass Drive Newport
Lakeview Housing 16 16 Governor Drive, 36 Field Avenue and 236 Highland Avenue Newport
Laterre House 7 24 East Main Street Wilmington
Lyndon Housing 14 467 & 491 Main Street Lyndonville
Mathewson Block Housing 6 101 Main Street Lyndonville
Moose River Housing 28 159, 195, 231 & 261 Moose River Drive St. Johnsbury
Mountain View St. Jay Housing 48 105, 106, 178 & 196 Mountain View Drive St. Johnsbury
Passumpsic View Apartments 25 394 Railroad Street St. Johnsbury
Pine Meadow Apartments 30 9, 11, 39, 57, 85, 87, 89, 91, 93, 127 & 157 Jackson Lane Middlebury
Rainbow Apartments 20 25 Church Street Orleans
Riverview Apartments 57 73 Westminster Street Bellows Falls
Saint Johnsbury Housing 10 160 Clarks Avenue; 439 & 447 Pearl Street St. Johnsbury
South Burlington Community Housing 10 82 Anderson Parkway South Burlington
Spring Elliot Valgar Housing 28 11 & 15 Spring Street; 135 Elliot Street and 16-38 Valgar Street Brattleboro
Posted by: Leslie Black-Plumeau on October 27, 2016 - 4:22pm

In addition to construction jobs, the proposed Burlington Town Center plans include creation of 55 new units of affordable housing and 219 market rate homes.  Housing advocates and community leaders joined Burlington Mayor Weinberger today in City Hall Park to discuss ways in which the proposed Town Center would help address the needs of the region’s residents for more affordable homes located near jobs and services. 

Among every 3 Chittenden County renter households, 1 spends more than half of their income for housing.  This creates unsustainable financial pressure and housing instability for struggling, mostly low-income Vermonters.