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Multifamily properties: Prepare now for heating season

Unprecedented increases in the cost of energy mean owners and managers of multifamily properties will face budget challenges this coming winter.

VHFA Director of Multifamily Programs Sam Falzone has just issued a memo outlining these challenges and offering a number of tips to owners and managers of VHFA-financed properties to help lessen the blow of growing heating costs.

Housing Data site receives kudos

housing data web siteI had the good luck to attend An Event Apart, a Web designers conference in Boston, earlier this week.

Seventh walking award goes to Ashley Lamell

walkingVHFA Staff Accountant Ashley Lamell received the seventh weekly award in the Agency's walking program.

Ashley won a bagful of VHFA-branded goodies for continuously improving her mileage for the past three weeks.

VHFA's eight-week walking program encourages staff members to wear Agency-supplied pedometers to count their steps, increase their physical activity and "reach the beach."

Sixth walking award goes to Pat Loller

pat reaches the beachVHFA Director of Administration Pat Loller received the sixth weekly award in the Agency's walking program.

Pat won a VHFA hat and a Ben & Jerry's gift certificate for being the first to "reach the beach" on the coast of Maine.

VHFA's eight-week walking program encourages staff members to wear Agency-supplied pedometers to count their steps, increase their physical activity and "reach the beach."

Correction: Green Building and Design Standards

This morning we revised our "Green Building and Design Standards" document to correct an editing error.

The new version fixes language in Section 6-R3 "Deconstruction and Construction Waste Management" on page 10. This was the only change.

If you downloaded the previous version or received a hardcopy of the same, please destroy it, and download the latest version.

Conference keynote speaker confirmed

michelle kennedyVermont author Michelle Kennedy has been confirmed to deliver the keynote address at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on Nov. 18.

She's the author of 10 books, including 2005's "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America." The book details her life at 24 as a recent ex-American University student and homeless mother living with three children in her station wagon.

Fifth walking award goes to Ann-Marie Plank

walkingVHFA Multifamily Management Officer Ann-Marie Plank received the fifth weekly award in the Agency's current walking program.

Ann-Marie won a gift certificate to Healthy Living Natural Foods in South Burlington in a random drawing of all participants who are still on the map.

CVCLT seeks Executive Director

cvclt logoCentral Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) is looking for a new Executive Director with a strong commitment to affordable housing.

Based in Barre, this non-profit, mission-driven organization provides affordable housing, property management, homebuyer education, lending, and community development services to communities in Central Vermont.

Areas of responsibility include:

Hinds joins VHB Pioneer

Juli Beth Hinds, formerly with our friends at the City of South Burlington's Department of Planning and Zoning, has joined VHB Pioneer in Vergennes as Senior Project Manager.

Read VHB Pioneer's press release for more.

Pardon our absence: VHFA back online after Net outage

VHFA was one of many businesses and organizations without Internet access until mid-afternoon Monday, due to an outage that affected customers of our Internet provider in Vermont, New York and Pennsylvania.

If you're reading this message, VHFA.org is once again online.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Read WCAX-TV's story about the outage.

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