Members of Vermont Interfaith Action (VIA) met last night to consider options to encourage the University of Vermont (UVM) to create more affordable housing for its staff and faculty.
The Burlington Free Press reports about 80 people attended the meeting at the College Street Congregational Church to hear a report about the area's affordability challenges and UVM's past promises to help create more housing.
Several UVM employees who've struggled to find affordable places to live within easy commuting distance of the university's campus spoke at the meeting.
UVM administrators did not attend, but sent a letter to be read at the gathering. Administrators say student housing is UVM's current focus.
According to the VIA Web site, the organization is a faith-based, grassroots coalition of congregations working to transform people into empowered and engaged citizens. Its goal is to create the hope, power, knowledge, and political will needed to make compassion and social justice a reality for all Vermonters.