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"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.

Save the date: Green building workshop

Save the date Friday, May 16 for an all-day workshop on Building Greener Affordable Housing in Vermont presented by VHCB.

The workshop will feature Andy Shapiro of Energy Balance Inc.

Andy's provided energy and other green building design consulting services for 25 years. He's also the Scientist-in-the-Classroom for the Vermont Energy Education Program, training teachers and students from elementary to high school since 1994. He holds an Engineering degree from Brown University and is the author of a number of energy-related publications.

Champlain Housing Trust award finalist

world habitat award logoThe Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) is a finalist for the World Habitat Awards, sponsored by the Building and Social Housing Foundation, an international organization dedicated to innovation in affordable housing.

Fair Housing show audio online

The special Fair Housing Month edition of Mike McNamara's HUD show we mentioned in yesterday's post ("April is Fair Housing Month") is now available for listening online.

Listen now.

Rinnai wall furnace recall

recalled furnaceThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Rinnai America Corp. recently announced a voluntary product recall of certain direct-vent wall furnaces.

VHFA is helping bring the recall to the attention of homeowners — and owners and managers of multi-family properties — who might have such furnaces installed in their units.

April is Fair Housing Month

April 11 marks the 40th anniversary of the signing of the federal Fair Housing Act by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

In recognition of Fair Housing Month, celebrated each April, the Vermont Human Rights Commission and the Fair Housing Project of the Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity (CVOEO) are planning a number of events around the state.

Bradford affordable housing workshop

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This Thursday, the Central Vermont Community Land Trust presents the second workshop in its series "Create Affordable Housing in Your Community."

This week's free workshop will be held April 3 at the Bradford Town Hall from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Crisis? Or no crisis?

Is Vermont in the midst of a "housing crisis?" At last check, about two out of three people responding to a poll on The Burlington Free Press Web site say, "Yes."

What's your opinion? Take the poll.

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