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New improved Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing goes live

Based on feedback from property managers and apartment seekers, VHFA launched this week a redesigned, user-friendly Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing at www.housingdata.org. We improved search tools and expanded the site to include more information people looking for an apartment need, such as rent and income limits, property photos, proximity to public transportation, accessibility features and pet policies.  

Legislature passes largest affordable housing bond in state history

With the passing of the State budget and enactment of a bond that could produce $35 million, Vermont is making its largest single commitment ever of state dollars for affordable housing. VHFA will issue the revenue bond and the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board (VHCB) will administer the funds statewide to expand Vermont’s stock of permanently affordable housing. 

The Governor will sign the budget bill containing the bond on Wednesday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m. in the Ceremonial Office at the Vermont State House in Montpelier.

Governor signs bill to promote economic development

Governor Phil Scott signed S. 135 last week, a bill to encourage economic growth and affordable housing. Although the law was signed on June 8, 2017,  portions of the bill are effective on date of enactment of the FY 2018-2019 budget. Vermont State Treasurer Beth Pearce (pictured), also on VHFA's Board of Commissioners, was one of the bill signing speakers. 

Resources for finding out about homelessness in Vermont improved

The Vermont Council on Homelessness has a new website providing information about the state's initiatives to help end homelessness.  The responsibilities of the Council include development, monitoring and periodic revision of Vermont’s Plan to End Homelessness. The Council also makes annual recommendations to the Governor and Administration regarding resource, policy, and regulatory changes necessary to reduce and end homelessness in Vermont.

Elm Place ribbon cutting

Governor Phil Scott joined by Executive Director Sarah Carpenter and others on June 5, cut the ribbon on the newly-constructed, 28,000 square foot Elm Place, an affordable residence for seniors, located in Milton.

VHFA announces the promotion of Kim Roy to Director of Multifamily Asset Management and Compliance

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced Kim Roy has been promoted to Director of Multifamily Asset Management and Compliance at VHFA.  She began her career at the Agency in 1989 in the Communication’s Department and has held a variety of positions with VHFA.  Kim most recently served as Assistant Director of Multifamily Programs. She will take over department leadership from recently retired Sam Falzone. “Kim has been a long-term, dedicated employee of VHFA for 28 years and we are so pleased she is taking on this new role.” said Sarah Carpenter, VHFA’s Executive Director.

Red Clover Commons ribbon cutting

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter joined Brattleboro Housing Partnerships and other agencies in Brattleboro, on May 25, 2017 to celebrate the opening of Red Clover Commons, a newly constructed 55-unit building for seniors and people with disabilities. These homes are intended to  replace units at Melrose Place which were severely damaged from Tropical Storm Irene in August 2011.

Affordable Housing Program application training 

Registration is open for AHP Application Training in Rutland, VT on June 21, 2017 or Bretton Woods, NH on June 29, 2017.

HUD Secretary Carson kicks off Homeownership Month!

June is National Homeownership Month, which gives us a chance to celebrate the ways homeownership opportunities have improved in the last year, as well as reflect on ways we can improve in the coming year. To kick off the month, US Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary Ben Carson will be discussing the history and outlook of homeownership at 2pm EDT on June 1st, 2017.

There will be a webcast of the event.  

Burlington Housing Authority announces new leadership

Allyson Laackman has been appointed as the executive director of the Burlington Housing Authority (BHA), the organization’s board of commissioners announced today. 

Laackman, who was recruited in December as interim co-executive director to help lead the organization through a strategic planning process, has a distinguished career in public service, including serving as the White House’s chief financial officer.

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