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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.

Vermont Community Leadership Awards given



Robert McBride (center, right) and Richard Ewald (center, left) received the 2008 Vermont Community Leadership Award from the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

Melinda Bussino receives Housing Hero award

sarah carpenter & melinda bussinoMelinda Bussino (right), Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center, has received the Housing Hero award.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter presented Melinda with the award at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference held last Tuesday.

Seven Days on housing

Seven Days, Burlington's weekly alternative newspaper, focuses on housing this week.

In the issue published today, titled "Home Front: Vermonters get a grip on the housing crisis," you'll find five housing stories.

Conference photos online

martha panton and renee coutureWe've placed 65 photos from yesterday's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference online.

You can see them on the conference Web site.

Conference wrap-up

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Vermont Statewide Housing Conference yesterday.

We had a huge turnout — despite some early morning weather-related commuting challenges! — and a great day.

We're still crunching numbers, but it looks like we had approximately 450 people in attendance.

Conference kicks off tomorrow

Months of planning are coming to an end, and we're just a day away from the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m. tomorrow at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington. Our first session starts at 9 a.m.

We've placed directions to the Sheraton and floormaps of the venue on our Web site.

Conference speaker spotlight: Dona Bate

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 conference Web site.

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