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Housing manager associations to meet in Vermont

Members of the Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire housing managers associations will come together for their triennial "Crossing the Line" conference this fall.

The event will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt., Oct. 27-29, under the theme, "Housing: Are the Odds in Your Favor?"

Registration fees range from $50 to $300, with hotel stays at the resort available for an additional fee. Deadline to register is Oct. 9.

Conference brochure on its way

Watch for our 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference brochure, hitting the mail later this week.

The conference is coming to South Burlington on Tuesday, November 18.

Registrations are open now. You can register online, or complete the form contained in the brochure and mail it in.

Registration fee is just $40, but goes up to $50 Oct. 18.

More kudos for Champlain Housing Trust

We thought Champlain Housing Trust's winning an international award from the United Nations's UN HABITAT earlier this week was pretty big news. (Read our previous post about the award.) Apparently, we weren't the only ones.

The Burlington Free Press writes in an editorial published this morning, the award "is a timely recognition of a worthy effort when affordable housing is such a critical issue in Vermont."

President signs housing stimulus bill

Today President Bush signed into law the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HR 3221). The measure provides housing organizations with a number of new tools to help slow home foreclosures and finance affordable houses and apartments.

The new legislation is a major step forward for Vermonters and the nation, according to our Executive Director Sarah Carpenter, but the work isn't finished yet.

HAC presents free workshops

The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) is presenting two free events in our region in August.

"Building Green for Rural Communities" is a day-and-a-half roundtable and tour taking place starting at 2 p.m. Aug. 11.

"Single-Family Housing Development" is a two-day event running Aug. 13-14. Sponsored by HUD, it's open to CHDOs and many CHDO-eligible organizations.

Champlain Housing Trust wins World Habitat Award

Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) has received a World Habitat Award from UN HABITAT.

The United Nations agency, whose goal is to promote shelter for people worldwide, will present CHT officials with the award at its World Habitat Day event, Oct. 6 in Luanda, Angola.

UN HABITAT presents two such awards a year — one in the northern hemisphere and another in the southern — to recognize "practical and innovative solutions to current housing needs and problems."

U.S. Senate passes Housing and Economic Recovery Act

Saturday morning, on a vote of 72-to-13, the U.S. Senate passed the Housing and Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 3221).

The Senate chose not to amend the House-passed bill. It now goes to President Bush, who is expected to sign it.

Help wanted: Financial Analyst

We have an immediate opening for a Financial Analyst in the VHFA Finance Department.

This is an hourly position, working 37¬? hours a week.

Read the full job description and learn how to apply.

DoARH updated

We just performed our latest update to the Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH).

The DoARH is a searchable online database of all subsidized rental housing in Vermont. It contains data on 12,246 units, as well as manager-submitted vacancy information.

Our latest update revises manager, owner and project information in the database.

Multifamily budget documents updated

Owners and managers of VHFA-financed multifamily properties take note: We've just posted new documents for your 2009 budgets.

As in past years, we're providing you with a memo, instructions and an Excel worksheet — the Form 805. There're also updated documents for mobile home parks — the Form 905.

All these are available for download in the "Forms, documents and memos" section of our Web site.

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