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White House releases housing development tool kit for communities

In response to declining housing affordability in many parts of the country, the White House released a report this week on best practices for reducing local housing development barriers. The accumulation of these barriers has reduced the ability of many housing markets to respond to growing demand, the report explains.

Upcoming appraisal courses follow recent studies of energy efficient homes

In light of research documenting the lower default risks of mortgages for energy-efficient homes, the Vermont Green Home Alliance invites lenders and appraisers to consider two exciting courses scheduled for October 13-14, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire:  

Demand drives new home construction in northwest Vermont

Demand for apartments and denser neighborhoods is driving home construction in Chittenden and Franklin counties this year according to a recent article in Vermont Business Magazine that surveyed area builders and housing experts, including VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter.

Carpenter explained that "more people are delaying the purchase of their first home and that in turn has put pressure on the rental market."

Piper Jaffray sponsors Statewide Housing Conference

A big thank you to Piper Jaffray who is a platinum sponsor for the 2016 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Key Bank sponsors Statewide Housing Conference

A big thank you to Key Bank who is a platinum sponsor for the 2016 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Rural housing finance: One size does not fit all

Unique features of rural housing require flexible national policies and financing programs, explains Executive Director Sarah Carpenter in her recent article for Rural Voices, a journal of the Housing Assistance Council.

Vermont's median household income and poverty rate improved in 2015

The median income among Vermont households increased in 2015 to $56,990, according to US Census Bureau estimates released this week. The last time this indicator increased for Vermont was 2011.

Improvements in household income in 2015 were experienced nationwide and reported earlier this week by the Census Bureau.

Fair market rents rise in every Vermont county

On October 1, 2016, the Fair Market Rents in every Vermont county will go up.  Fair Market Rents

Winooski Housing Authority will re-open voucher waiting list

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016,  the Winooski Housing Authority will re-open its Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8) waiting list.

Applications are available at the Housing Authority's website or at their offices located at 83 Barlow Street, Winooski, Vermont. 

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