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Congressional delegation focuses on home heating costs

welch, leahy & sanders at eventVermont's Congressional delegation held a joint press conference Monday to speak about rising home heating costs.

"If we don't dramatically increase funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, senior citizens on fixed incomes, the disabled, and low-income families with children will go cold this winter," said Sen. Bernie Sanders (right). "We cannot let that happen."

Top originator named for Washington County

trophyJoanne Hardy with Community National Bank in Montpelier is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Washington County for 2008.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations, Joanne!

Homelessness stories in the press

Spurred by our publication of "Family Homelessness in Vermont" (388 KB; PDF), the fourth in a series of VHFA issue papers released last week, there have been a number of stories about homelessness in local media.

Top originator named for Addison County

trophyJulie Heffernan with National Bank of Middlebury in Middlebury is VHFA's top mortgage loan originator in Addison County for 2008.

VHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is when we announce all our top originators for the previous year. We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Congratulations, Julie!

Harvard study: Housing downturn worst in decades

state of the nation's housing report coverA recent study released by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University finds the current housing downturn could be the worst in a generation.

The report shows the number of homeowners paying more than half their income on housing increased from 6.5 million in 2001 to 8.8 million in 2006.

Polly Thibault top walker

VHFA wrapped up its eight-week walking program with Loss Management Specialist Polly Thibault as the Agency's top walker.

For walking a total 293 miles, Polly won a beach bag full of beach necessities and a gift certificate for lunch.

Director of Administration Pat Loller was a close second.

Housing conference: Registration now open

conference web site thumbnailThe 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference Web site is now live.

Register online now for the Nov. 18 event. Do it before Oct. 17 and take 20% off the registration fee, paying the "early bird" fee of just $40 for the day-long event.

Top originators named for Chittenden, Grand Isle, Franklin counties

trophyVHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is the time we announce all our top originators for the previous year. Homeownership Outreach Coordinator Erin Perrin made presentations to our first two honorees yesterday.

Ground breaking at Union Square Apartments, Windsor

union square apartments ground breaking
VHFA Commissioner Gus Seelig (left) and Executive Director Sarah Carpenter (third from right) were among the housing dignitaries who attended a ground breaking ceremony at Union Square Apartments in Windsor last Friday.

VHFA publishes homelessness report

report cover VHFA published its latest issue paper this morning. "Family Homelessness in Vermont" is the fourth in a series of issue papers we began two years ago.

"Family Homelessness in Vermont," written by VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks, explores the number of homeless Vermonters, the state of Vermont's shelters, why people are homeless, as well as what Vermonters are doing about the problem and what more we can do.

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