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Sarah Carpenter in Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

The February issue of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine — yes, there is a magazine for every interest! — features VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter.

Sarah is the subject of the issue's "Pop Quiz" section, answering a number of questions  about her work at the Agency.

Housing data site adds charts

We managed a significant accomplishment this week when we added a charting function to the Vermont Housing Data site.

Users of the site's Vermont housing data profiles section will now see charts in addition to tabular data when they opt to view historical information for any data item.

As before, users can also choose to save historical data as Excel files.

Vermont foreclosure rate lowest in nation

According to an article that appeared on bloomberg.com yesterday, Vermont has the lowest foreclosure rate in the nation: 0.04% of all homes in the state.

"Vermont is avoiding the foreclosure crisis plaguing homeowners across the U.S., perhaps owing to traditions of thrift, modesty and self-reliance — bolstered by laws that protect buyers and land," writes Brian Sullivan.

Read the entire article at the Bloomberg site.

Free film screening

VHFA is co-sponsoring a free screening of "Communities & Consequences," an award-winning documentary by Jay Childs.

The film explores the effects of the "graying" demographic of New Hampshire's upper valley, and how an increasingly unbalanced generational mix is affecting life in the state.

It was named "Best New Hampshire Documentary" at the 2008 New Hampshire Film Festival.

VHFA staff learn about nutrition, weight loss

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VHFA held a free lunchtime education session for employees this afternoon.

Stuart Offer, wellness educator with the Greater Burlington YMCA, presented "Nutrition Strategies to Maximize Weight Loss."

At last year's Worksite Wellness Conference, the Agency received a grant from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports to be used for a wellness program this winter.

Housing data site updated

We've completed our most recent update to the "Vermont housing data profiles" section of the Vermont Housing Data Web site.

New figures include:

Housing opinion in Burlington Free Press

Mary Powell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Green Mountain Power Corp., wrote a piece titled "Affordable housing, conservation vital" in the opinion section of today's Burlington Free Press.

She points out the importance of funding the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB), and writes about the economic benefits of building affordable housing.

"Since 2002, VHCB's housing investments have generated $286 million in renovation and housing construction, creating 10,040 jobs and 2,782 units of housing," she writes.

NCSHA legislative/ regulatory priorities

The National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), of which VHFA is a member, is a national, nonprofit organization created by the nation's state Housing Finance Agencies (HFAs) to advance through advocacy and education their efforts to provide affordable housing.

Thoughts turn to homeless during cold snap

With daytime temperatures forecast to barely rise above zero the rest of this week, thoughts turn to Vermont's homeless population.

That topic was the lead story on last night's 6 o'clock news on WCAX Channel 3.

The Samaritan House of St. Albans was featured in that story. The shelter's Linda Ryan said, "We have had a significant increase in the number of women and families that come here."

That echos the findings of VHFA's issue paper from June 2008: "Family Homelessness in Vermont."

Career opportunity: General Counsel

VHFA has an immediate opening for its General Counsel position.

General Counsel directs and administers all legal matters for the Agency.

This could be a part- or full-time job, with a minimum of 27 hours a week.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply.

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