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Conference keynote video online

You can watch Michelle Kennedy's keynote address from Nov. 18's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference here:

Michelle lives in Chelsea, Vt., and is the author of a number of books about parenting, including "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America," which details her time as a homeless mother of three.

COTS calling

The Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) is holding its annual phonathon through Dec. 10 to raise money to fight homelessness in Vermont.

If you'd like to volunteer to help, they have a number of different opportunities available.

Mittens for King Street Youth Center

In a couple weeks, VHFA staff will take part in the Agency's long tradition of "mitten stuffing," to benefit our neighbors at the King Street Youth Center.

Staff donate mittens, gloves, scarves and hats, and fill them with candy before giving them to the kids who attend the center.

Winooski Falls wins award

Winooski Falls has won the 2008 Livable Communities Award from AARP and the National Association of Home Builders.

HallKeen, The Braverman Co., and New Boston Fund were named winners in the Developer, More than 250 units category.

Homelessness in the news

The Burlington Free Press focused on Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Saturday's The Giving Season article.

Read the article online.

Conference survey results

We've just finished tabulating the results of the attendee surveys we received at the end of last week's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

The 180 people responding to the survey, just less than half of those who attended, gave the event an overall score of 4/5 stars.

Conference materials online

In the week since we distributed log-in credentials to attendees of the Nov. 18 Statewide Housing Conference, approximately 100 people have logged onto the site to access the attendees database and download presentation files.

The "members-only" area of the conference site contains nearly 180 MB of PowerPoint presentation files, as well as some online-only PDFs provided by conference speakers.

Response to Seven Days housing issue

Liz Curry of NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont had a letter published in this week's Seven Days newspaper.

You can read her response to the paper's housing issue published last week at the Seven Days Web site.

Food drive wraps up

VHFA just finished its latest food drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Staff and the VHFA Board of Commissioners contributed 250 pounds of food, as well as $25 in cash donations.

This doesn't include donations collected from attendees of last week's Statewide Housing Conference (pictured), which likely rivaled or exceeded the amount collected at VHFA's offices.

VHFA honors Andy Gurley

andy gurley & sarah carpenterVHFA honored Andy Gurley, recently-retired from UBS, for his decades of work with the Agency.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter spoke about Andy's long history with the Agency at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, held last Tuesday.

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