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Fuel assistance workshop agenda

Rick DeAngelis at Vermont Housing & Conservation Board in Montpelier has released more details about the fuel assistance workshop taking place Oct. 1 in Montpelier.

The workshop is for owners and managers of affordable rental housing, and will focus on how those people can assist their very low income residents take advantage of the Vermont Fuel Assistance program.

The agenda will be:

Sue Joachim marks 25 years

Punch and cake were in order this afternoon, when VHFA recognized Lender Accounting Coordinator Sue Joachim for her 25 years with the Agency.

Sue joined VHFA when the Finance Department was a mere three people. (It's seven now.) Computers were non-existent at the Agency. Instead, upon her arrival, she was issued an adding machine, #2 pencil and a paper ledger.

Oh, how times have changed ...

Participate in Web site focus group

The Center for Rural Studies (CRS) at the University of Vermont is conducting a series of focus groups to improve the Vermont Housing Data Web site.

These 30-minute sessions will help determine how the site is being used, how it impacts/benefits users, and how it could be improved. Each session will include group discussion as well as hands-on navigation of the site.

VHFA hosts first Community Awareness Program presentation

tim perrinVHFA's Socially Responsible Committee kicked off its Community Awareness Program (CAP) this afternoon, with a lunch-time presentation on energy efficiency by Tim Perrin of Efficiency Vermont.

Tim shared tips on how to make homes more energy efficient, save money and help the environment.

Conference speaker spotlight: Joss Besse

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.

VHFA Board approves QAP changes

The VHFA Board of Commissioners today approved proposed revisions to the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP).

The changes now go to Gov. Douglas for his signature.

Read our Sept. 4 post about the proposed changes to the QAP or read the red-line version of the QAP online.

Help your residents apply for fuel assistance

VHFA and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) have offered suggestions for owners and managers of affordable rental housing to help their residents apply for fuel assistance this winter.

The suggestions, the result of a June meeting with a variety of stakeholders, are detailed in a recent memo from VHFA's Sam Falzone and VHCB's Rick DeAngelis.

Packard hired as Financial Analyst

We're pleased to welcome Michelle Packard as the newest member of VHFA's Finance Department. Michelle was recently named our new Financial Analyst.

She's been working in the Agency's Homeownership Department on a temporary basis for two months. Before that she spent nearly two decades as Treasurer for Summit Financial Center, a Burlington mortgage company.

Earn AICP credit at upcoming conference

Four of the workshops at our upcoming Vermont Statewide Housing Conference have been approved for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credit.

New QAP draft available for review

We've placed an updated "red-line" draft of the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) online for your review. The draft contains a number of revisions proposed by VHFA that were not included in the recently-passed Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, but based on other policy changes, feedback, and program experience. This new version will be presented to the VHFA Board of Commissioners on Sept. 22.Read our Sept. 4 post about the proposed changes to the QAP.


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