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Jeans on

If you drop by the Agency this week and think things look a little more casual than usual, it's all for a good cause.

All week long, employees who donate to the United Way of Chittenden County "buy" the right to dress casual.

The price? A very reasonable $2 a day.

Sign me up ...

NEHN conference to feature Vermont speakers

The annual conference of the New England Housing Network (NEHN) will feature a number of speakers from Vermont.

The day-long event, coming to Needham, Mass., on Dec. 5, will include:

Conference speaker spotlight: Karen Horn

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.

Help Vermont receive $20 million grant

Vermont has the opportunity to receive a $19.6 million grant to fund activities related to the purchase, rehabilitation, or redevelopment of abandoned or foreclosed upon homes through the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development's (HUD) Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP).

To access the funding, the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development (ACCD) has to submit to HUD an application and amendment to Vermont's Consolidated Plan by Dec. 1.

Trick 'r treat

Children of VHFA staff members were invited to the office today for a little Halloween fun.

Here are just a few of the faces that were seen wandering the halls looking for candy:

Affordable housing didn't cause the financial crisis

Journalist and noted curmudgeon H.L. Menken once observed, "For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong."

Such is the case with claims we're seeing recently that investment in affordable homeownership triggered the current global fiscal crisis.

Conference speaker spotlight: Andrew Cay

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.

Conference workshops filling up

Pre-registrations for the Nov. 18 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference are past 350 now, and workshops are beginning to fill up.

State Housing Policy reached capacity this morning. It's the second workshop to fill up after The Economy and Housing, which maxed out a few weeks ago.

Help us help the hungry

Bring a non-perishable food good to the Nov. 18 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, and drop it off at the registration desk.

All donations will benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, the largest food shelf in Vermont, serving more than 10,000 people a year.

Vermont Award for Work Site Wellness photo

Earlier this month, VHFA won a Bronze Award from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as part of the 2008 Vermont Awards for Work Site Wellness, Physical Fitness and Sports. (Read the original post.)

We just got a hold of this photo of VHFA HR/Office Manager Martha Panton accepting the honor from Gov. Jim Douglas.

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