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Community rallies to help COTS

While it's never good news to be opening an emergency shelter, the community has come together to help the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) furnish and move into a new shelter on Burlington's Saint Paul Street.

WPTZ NewsChannel 5 covered the story.

COTS was also one of an estimated 140 organizations caught short when its Web site host pulled up stakes without notice.

Vermont forms AAHSA chapter

Vermont housing and aging professionals have formed the Vermont Aging Collaborative (VAC), a local chapter of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), comprised of non-profit housing and service providers.

VAC strives to create a network of long-term care services and to support seniors and persons with disabilities to remain in their community of choice, by working on many of the issues AAHSA advocates for nationally, such as:

Wall Street Journal features VHFA

This morning's Wall Street Journal explores the challenges facing housing finance agencies such as VHFA in an article titled "State housing agencies get caught in credit crunch."

In the article, which appears on the front page of Section C, Nick Timiraos writes, "The agencies aren't in trouble because of bad lending. ... (They) are getting slammed by a host of market forces."

New look for VHFA.org

You might notice the front page of VHFA.org is sporting a fresh new look today.

Though it's not a radical change from our previous design, the page represents a shift to a more modern and accessible method of Web design.

The current incarnation of our Web site went live on Sept. 20, 2005. While that's less than four years ago, in "Internet years," similar to "dog years," that's quite a long spell.

Photos: Champlain Housing Trust ribbon cutting

sen. leahy addresses crowdChamplain Housing Trust (CHT) played host to approximately 100 guests at a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday morning for their new headquarters on King Street in Burlington.

The building, a stone's throw from VHFA's location on Saint Paul Street, also contains 20 new units of housing.

King Street Housing, CHT grand opening

88 king streetChamplain Housing Trust (CHT) and King Street Housing celebrate their grand opening this Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

The newly completed building at 88 King Street in Burlington is the new headquarters of CHT. The green building was developed by CHT and Housing Vermont and is also home to 20 apartments.

VHFA allocated $410,000 in Tax Credits to 17 of those units.

Tax credit, other incentives in Free Press

This weekend, the Burlington Free Press highlighted some incentives to get first-time homebuyers into a new home, including the homebuyer tax credit.

Writer Sky Barsch quotes VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks in her story.

Read the story online.

Affordability question explored on VPR

Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" aired a segment last week exploring the question of whether or not housing in Vermont is becoming more affordable.

Host Jane Lindholm spoke with Rutland Herald reporter Bruce Edwards about the debate spurred by a recent report published by two Vermont economists.

Listen to the segment online.

Learn about Eastview at Middlebury

eastview propertiesEastview at Middlebury, a new non-profit retirement community planned for Addison County, is holding two informational meetings this spring.

MacArthur award in Herald, Argus

Sister publications the Rutland Herald and Barre-Montpelier Times Argus published a story today about last week's MacArthur Foundation news.

Read the story online.

Details on the $2.6 million coming to VHFA and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board are available at our previous post.

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