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Data and Statistics

Affordable housing tops concerns in UVM Medical Center community survey

Lack of affordable housing is the community challenge that survey respondents are most concerned about, according to the recently released 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment.  Among survey respondents, 58.3 percent rated lack of affordable housing as the top concern, followed by 52.5 percent for drug and alcohol abuse.  

High rents put Vermont’s housing wage far above average wage or minimum wage

A modest, two-bedroom apartment costs $1,099, according to the annual Out of Reach report from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. In order to afford this level of rent and utilities — without paying more than 30% of income on housing — a household must earn an hourly “housing wage” of $21.13—far more than Vermont’s minimum wage of $9.60 or the average wage among the state’s renters ($11.79).

Link between race and mortgage denial disparities continues in New England

Black and Latino mortgage applicants from New England continued to experience much higher denial rates than whites and Asians in 2013 and 2014, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s recent study.  The disparity occurred at every income level.

The graying of America's homeless

The number of homeless living in the U.S. who are over the age of 50 has jumped recently, and now comprises 31 percent of the nation's total homeless population, according to the New York Times. This is creating "daunting challenges for social service agencies and governments already struggling with this crisis of poverty."

Vermont’s condominium prices remain level between 2010 and 2015

Although most non-vacation condominiums sold each year in Vermont are near Burlington, several towns in other parts of the state also play an important role in this segment of the housing market. About 80 percent of all primary residence condo sales in Vermont each year take place in 10 towns--7 inside Chittenden County and 3 beyond its boundaries.

Fair Market Rents revised up 16 percent in Burlington metro area

Thanks to a local survey commissioned by Vermont State Housing Authority,  the Fair Market Rent standards used for HUD's Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers in Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle counties will be revised upward effective today.  The levels established in December 2015 by HUD were 16 percent lower than the new levels. 

The survey of rents in the Burlington metro area was funded by VHFA and other partner agencies.  Read more.

Study Finds Affordable Housing Reduces Health Care Costs

A study conducted by the Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CORE) found affordable housing reduced overall health care expenditures by 12% for Medicaid recipients. By comparing individuals' Medicaid claims in the year prior to moving into affordable housing to their Medicaid claims in the year after moving in, researchers found an average total savings of $576 a year.

Business leaders consider housing challenges in Chittenden County

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlie Baker joined area business leaders this week to discuss the region's growing  jobs-housing imbalance. Although the number of people working in Chittenden County has grown to approximately 99,800, there are 11,300 fewer employees living here than in 2002. 

Check out Baker's presentation for more information.

New study confirms young Vermonters move most, both in and out of state

About 4 percent of Vermont's households move out of the state each year, replaced by about the same number of people moving into Vermont, according to a new study of IRS data from the Public Assets Institute. This new data confirms that younger households are the most likely to move, but that those moving out are replaced by about the same number of young households moving into the state.

2015 shows impact of VHFA tools for making homes affordable

Throughout 2015, VHFA focused on finding new ways to help low- and moderate-income Vermonters share in the housing recovery. Almost all of the home buyers who used VHFA’s financing last year were taking the monumental step of buying their first homes. Some homes that were deteriorating after being foreclosed on by other lenders were fully renovated by VHFA through the Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation Program and sold to qualified home buyers.

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