Vermont Housing Fellow Program

VHFA is seeking candidates for its Housing Fellow Program for Fall 2021. Candidates must be graduate students enrolled at an accredited program, with an interest in learning more about affordable housing careers. The program provides students with the opportunity to relate knowledge gained in the classroom to practical, real-world settings.  Weekly projects are tailored to improving and expanding information available to decision makers about Vermont housing markets and opportunities.

Fellows will be assigned projects that entail conducting housing research and summarizing results in articles for publication. The Fellow may also be asked to support public relations and housing program data projects, such as web site content development and data entry regarding building characteristics and rent levels.  All of the Fellow's work will be done remotely, with regular communication through email and virtual meetings. 

The Fellow will be paid at a rate of $15/hour, for 10-25 hours per week, depending on his or her schedule.  One fellowship will generally be offered at a time, for a 12-week period, for a total of three per year.

VHFA is intentionally looking to increase its diversity of thought and experience. Candidates of color, those from outside Vermont, and historically underserved populations who are interested in affordable housing in a rural state like Vermont are encouraged to apply.

Please contact VHFA’s Human Resources Director Steve Gronlund (sgronlund@vhfa.org) for more information or to apply. Internship course credits may be available through your own university or through University of Vermont’s Public Administration program. For information about University of Vermont credits, please contact Julie Starr at jstarr2@uvm.edu.

Past projects of Vermont Housing Fellows

Housing barriers for immigrants and refugees to Vermont 

In December 2020, Housing Fellow Regine Albin completed research and a report on  housing barriers for immigrants and refugees to Vermont. After conducting interviews with area service providers and reviewing prior studies, Albin identified key areas for improving access to housing for immigrants to Vermont through improved language translation, outreach, affordable housing, workforce diversity, transportation and funding for culturally-specific organizations.  

Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing

Emerald Anderson, Vermont Housing Fellow during the summer of 2020, expanded the information available about the nearly 14,000 affordable apartments statewide with development costs subsidized through public programs, such as the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program. Anderson gathered information on the Census Tracts for each apartment complex in the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing and updated each digital property profile.  

Vermont Housing Needs 

During her Vermont Housing Fellowship in the spring of 2020, Caroline Rubin joined VHFA researchers in finalizing the 2020 Vermont Housing Needs Assessment, a comprensive report on housing needs statewide and in each Vermont county. In addition, Rubin prepared a summary of housing needs in the town of Shelburne, Vermont and helped VHFA researchers add new indicators to the Vermont Housing Data website about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic at state and local level.   

The Vermont COVID Emergency Mortgage Assistance Program re-opened May 3, 2021. Click here to apply and read more. For emergency rental assistance, please contact Vermont State Housing Authority.