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Requests for housing help increase in 2008

Officials at Vermont 2-1-1, the free referral service operated by the United Ways of Vermont, report more calls this year have been regarding housing assistance than in 2007.

An article in this morning's Burlington Free Press provides some numbers: Through last month, calls in 2008 regarding housing totaled 1,916, compared to a total of housing-related calls in 2007 of 2,089.

In Chittenden County, housing-related calls through last month totalled 590, compared with a total of 669 for last year.

Conference speaker spotlight: Anne Duncan Cooley

This is the latest of several quick bios we'll blog of speakers scheduled to appear at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, Nov. 18 in South Burlington.

Read about other speakers scheduled to present at the event and register to attend at the conference Web site.

Aloha, John

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VHFA bid Multifamily Management Officer John Burczy farewell as part of a general staff meeting this morning. John, who has been with the Agency just months shy of 20 years, will conclude his tenure this Friday.

With a respectful nod to John's trademark fashion accessory, many staff members wore Hawaiian shirts to the meeting.

CVCLT names new Executive Director

eileen peltierCentral Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) has named Eileen Peltier Executive Director.

Eileen, who lives in Calais, has been the land trust's Director of Finance and Administration for the last year.

Read the CVCLT's press release.

VHFA food drive collects 135 pounds

VHFA's recent food drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf collected nearly 135 pounds of food.

Staff members could "buy" the right to dress casual each day last week, by bringing in a non-perishable food item for the food shelf, or donating $10 for the week.

In addition to the food collected, staff contributed $60 in cash.

Conference speaker spotlight: Garth Rieman

This is the latest of several quick bios we'll blog of speakers scheduled to appear at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, Nov. 18 in South Burlington.

Read about other speakers scheduled to present at the event and register to attend at the conference Web site.

VHMA launches Web site

The Vermont Housing Managers Association's (VHMA) Web site went live this afternoon. You can access the site at www.vhma.net.

Founded in 1981, the VHMA is a collection of property managers and owners, housing funding agencies, accountants, and other professionals.

Help wanted: Multifamily Housing Management Officer

Vermont Housing Finance Agency has an immediate opening for a Multifamily Housing Management Officer in our Burlington office.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply.

Conference speaker spotlight: Leslie Black-Plumeau

This is the fifth of several quick bios we'll blog of speakers scheduled to appear at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, Nov. 18 in South Burlington.

Read about other speakers scheduled to present at the event and register to attend at the conference Web site.

VHCB receives $1.43 million grant

Our friends at Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) will receive a Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS Program (HOPWA) renewal grant for $1.43 million to continue a statewide HIV/AIDS housing and supportive services program.

The grant is one of 18 made nationwide by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). HUD awarded a total of $19.3 million.

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