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Vt Bankers Association: "Deposits are safe"

In an opinion piece published in this morning's Burlington Free Press, Vermont Bankers Association President Chris D'Elia assures readers that, despite news of bank failures in other parts of the country, "Vermont banks are responsible, trustworthy institutions," and "your deposits are quite safe."

He blames the recent failure of the IndyMac bank on "aggressive mortgage loans made in California, a state experiencing some of the highest levels of foreclosure in the country.

Conference speaker spotlight: Robert Appel

This is the fourth 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.

VHFA food drive underway

Staff members have begun to fill up the VHFA food pantry to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

By bringing a non-perishable food good each day this week, staffers can "buy" the right to dress casual for the day.

Housing costs a burden for young Vermonters

An article in this morning's (Barre-Montpelier) Times-Argus cites Vermont's cost of housing as just one of a number of financial hardships that makes it difficult for young Vermonters to stay in the Green Mountains.

"Whether a job or a wage is 'good' depends greatly on the cost of living, and cost of living largely means housing," the article states. "And the price of housing in Vermont has become costly, especially for young people just starting out."

Conference speaker spotlight: Donald Hayes

This is the third 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.

Housing data updated

We've just completed our latest update to the "Vermont housing data profiles" section of Vermont Housing Data. We've added:

VHFA staffer to teach housing policy course

VHFA Policy and Planning Manager Maura Collins will teach a Housing Policy course this fall at the University of Vermont.

The graduate-level class will teach future public administrators (local planners, municipal officials, non-profit leaders, social workers, and others) about the history of housing policy in the U.S., current trends and models, fundamentals of financing and development, the "green" housing movement, as well as in-depth analysis of the current mortgage meltdown and resulting foreclosures.

VHFA staff attend Lake Monsters game

champ and hannahVHFA staff members and family enjoyed a Lake Monsters game at Burlington's Centennial Field last night.

The Lake Monsters scored a season-high six runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 7-3 lead and went on to beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 9-5.

The event was the Agency's annual summer outing.

VHFA staff contributes to Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee has devised a way to help stock the local food shelf:

Each day next week, any staff member who brings in a non-perishable food item for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf will earn the right to dress according to the Agency's "casual" dress policy, something usually reserved for Fridays.

Conference speaker spotlight: Linda Ryan

This is the second 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.

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