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Housing, wages on a national level

For several years, the Vermont Housing Council and Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign has published their annual "Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Housing and Wages in Vermont."

The report examines the gap between what Vermonters tend to earn and what they can expect to pay for housing in the Green Mountain State.

The Center for Housing Policy in Washington, D.C., has published its most recent "Paycheck to Paycheck," a study that tackles the same topic for housing markets across the country.

Pat Loller reappointed to VHRA board

pat lollerVHFA Director of Administration Patricia Loller, PHR was reappointed to the board of the Vermont Human Resources Association.

Pat's been on the board for the past two years, and was reappointed as Society of Human Resource Management liaison for another two-year term.

See Sam climb. Climb, Sam, climb.

sam falzoneVHFA Director of Multifamily Programs Sam Falzone took top prize in the Agency's stair climbing contest, the latest VHFA wellness activity.

Sam logged a stagging 530 flights of stairs climbed inside VHFA's three-story headquarters during the four-week period starting March 24.

HomeShare Vermont nominated for award

The State of Vermont has nominated HomeShare Vermont, an organization that provides matching services for homesharing and caregiving, for a national award.

The Vermont Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living has nominated the South Burlington non-profit as a "Program Champion" in recognition of the Agency on Aging's Older Americans Month.

Photo casting call

annual report coverSpring marks the beginning of work on VHFA's annual report/wall calendar.

For the past several years, we've published our annual report in the form of a wall calendar to remind folks of the good work VHFA does year-round in the name of affordable housing.

We're looking for recent homeowners with VHFA mortgage loans who're willing to be photographed for the report.

COTS Walk registration now open

cots walkBurlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) has started accepting registrations for its annual COTS Walk event, to be held Sunday, May 4.

The 3-mile walk around downtown Burlington raises money and awareness to benefit COTS's mission to provide emergency shelter, services, and housing for the homeless.

A number of VHFA staffers will be joining the walk this year.

VHFA, Fair Housing Act celebrate anniversaries

birthday cupcakeToday marks the date in 1974 that Gov. Thomas Salmon signed legislation creating Vermont Housing Finance Agency.

In the past 34 years, we've helped about 26,000 Vermonters purchase primary residences; and have provided financing, development and management support, subsidy administration and tax credits to 7,400 units of multifamily rental housing.

Happy birthday to us!

"Out of Reach" report published

out of reach logoOur friends at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) have issued a press release regarding the latest "Out of Reach" report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC).

The report shows Vermont is the 18th most expensive state in the nation for renters, and in the top 10 for most expensive rural areas.

Read the full VAHC release.

Save the date: Universal design conference

Vermont Center for Independent Living is organizing a Universal Design Conference April 24 at the Doubletree Hotel in South Burlington.

VHFA, along with several statewide housing partners, are sponsoring the day-long event. The agenda will include a keynote speaker from Adaptive Environments, and breakout sessions on:

Philbrick, Slade receive certification

erin & joshCongratulations to VHFA Multifamily Operations Specialists Erin Philbrick and Joshua Slade for receiving their Tax Credit Specialist certification from the National Center for Housing Management (NCHM) — the result of three days of training and exams held in Boston last month.

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