Housing policy

Governor and lieutenant governor candidate forums set for September 17-18

With Election Day in Vermont just around the corner, we’re excited to announce that we have teamed up with the

Troubled Vermonters will get grants for overdue mortgage payments

When Kimberly Edgar was unable to work due to COVID-19, the new Mortgage Assistance Program offered her a path for keeping her home in Brattleboro. Funded by the federal CARES Act, the program provides qualified Vermont homeowners with grants for up to six months of overdue mortgage and property tax payments.

VHFA joins Racial Justice Alliance to confront racism in housing

This commentary by VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins appeared recently in VTDigger

Welch highlights affordable housing provisions in House infrastructure bill

VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins joined Representative Peter Welch at the future site of Juniper House in Burlington last week to promote the federal Moving Forward Act, a $1.5 trillion infrastructure package recently passed by the House of Representatives.

Governor’s recovery task force releases initial recommendations

Earlier this week, the Local Support and Community Action Team released its interim report with recommendations on how Vermont can begin its recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The team is a part of the Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force charged by Governor Scott with identifying recovery initiatives and best practices.

Help identify high impact strategies for promoting Vermont’s recovery

The Local Support and Community Action Team of the State of Vermont Economic Mitigation and Recovery Task Force needs your help prioritizing high impact ideas and actions identified by diverse stakeholders for COVID-19 recovery.  The task force was established by Governor Scott to help mitigate the short-term economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and develop strategies for long-term business and community recovery. 

VTDigger publishes Q&A with Maura Collins

VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins was recently interviewed by Anne Wallace Allen of VTDigger.  The interview discussed why housing continues to be a major challenge for Vermont, and how the state and local communities can help make housing more affordable.

Excerpts from the interview are reprinted below:

VTDigger: Why is housing such a problem in so many areas? Is it worse in Vermont?

VHFA seeks public comment on Tax Credit Qualified Allocation Plan

Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) is seeking feedback and comments on the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) that guides the agency in making housing tax credit allocation decisions. The Agency has opened the initial comment period and will close the period on Friday, April 15, 2020. The current 2020-2021 QAP is available on VHFA’s website.

VHFA launches Vermont Housing Fellow Program

Caroline Rubin, a graduate student at University of Vermont, has been named the inaugural Vermont Housing Fellow by VHFA.  Rubin will receive a financial stipend to improve and expand information available to decision makers about Vermont housing markets and opportunities. In the process, she will gain valuable experience aiding her professional development.

How the census affects us all

This commentary by VHFA Executive Director Maura Collins appeared recently in VTDigger

As the start of the 2020 U.S. census nears, it is important to understand its immense impact on our daily lives and why an accurate count of our nation’s population is so important.

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