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Housing data updated

We've just completed our latest update to the "Vermont housing data profiles" section of Vermont Housing Data. We've added:

VHFA staffer to teach housing policy course

VHFA Policy and Planning Manager Maura Collins will teach a Housing Policy course this fall at the University of Vermont.

The graduate-level class will teach future public administrators (local planners, municipal officials, non-profit leaders, social workers, and others) about the history of housing policy in the U.S., current trends and models, fundamentals of financing and development, the "green" housing movement, as well as in-depth analysis of the current mortgage meltdown and resulting foreclosures.

VHFA staff attend Lake Monsters game

champ and hannahVHFA staff members and family enjoyed a Lake Monsters game at Burlington's Centennial Field last night.

The Lake Monsters scored a season-high six runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 7-3 lead and went on to beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 9-5.

The event was the Agency's annual summer outing.

VHFA staff contributes to Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee has devised a way to help stock the local food shelf:

Each day next week, any staff member who brings in a non-perishable food item for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf will earn the right to dress according to the Agency's "casual" dress policy, something usually reserved for Fridays.

Conference speaker spotlight: Linda Ryan

This is the second 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.

Learn how to use Vermont's Directory of Affordable Rental Housing

VHFA will hold a training session on Sept. 15 for homeless organization workers who'd like to learn how to use the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH).

The directory is a searchable database of all subsidized housing units in Vermont. It contains data, as well as contact and vacancy information, on more than 12,000 units across the state.

New national housing trust modeled on Vermont

If the new National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, part of the housing relief initiative recently signed into law by President Bush, sounds familiar, it might be because the model for it was developed in Burlington more than 20 years ago.

Conference speaker spotlight: Erhard Mahnke

This is the first 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.

Downtown Crossing opens

Bennington celebrated its newest affordable housing project with a ribbon cutting event at Downtown Crossing last Thursday. Approximately 40 people including VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks attended the event.

The 12-unit development includes four units in a new building on South Street, and eight units in a renovated building on School Street.

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.

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