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Deforge top originator for Chittenden, Grand Isle counties

Today VHFA began our annual ritual of naming our top mortgage loan originators for each county.

Kelly Deforge of Universal Mortgage Corp. in Colchester takes the 2009 honor for Chittenden and Grand Isle counties. You can reach her at 802.654.7896.

We'll be announcing the rest of our top originators throughout the summer.

Call for submissions: Historic rehab awards

The National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) is accepting entries for its 5th annual J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation.

The "Timmy" awards honor outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects in eight categories based on overall design and quality, interpretation and respect of historic elements, impact on the community, and financial and market success.

Categories include:

VHFA Board recognizes Fairbanks, Drake

The VHFA Board of Commissioners today formally recognized the contributions of Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks and General Counsel Elizabeth Mullikin-Drake.

John and Elizabeth are both completing their tenures at the Agency this month, after several years of service.

The Board passed two resolutions at its monthly meeting held in Montpelier this morning.

John's resolution reads, in part:

VHFA wins United Way "President's Award"

VHFA received the President's Award from the United Way of Chittenden County.

Executive Director Sarah Carpenter accepted the award on behalf of the Agency at Wednesday night's United Way of Chittenden County Annual Meeting at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel and Conference Center in South Burlington.

VHFA has won the award a number of times over the years.  In 2005, we won the "Campaign of the Year," the United Way's top award.

VHFA turns 35

This past Saturday marked VHFA's 35th anniversary.

The Vermont Legislature created VHFA on April 11, 1974, to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters.

Since our start, we've helped approximately 26,500 Vermont households with affordable mortgages and financed the development of 7,700 affordable rental units.

Staff gathered at lunchtime for a little celebratory snack.

Proctorsville Green Housing wins efficiency award

Proctorsville Green Housing won the "Best of the Best Award" from Efficiency Vermont for energy efficient single-family homes.

The $3.5 million project, which was completed just more than a year ago, consists of 16 permanently affordable rental apartments and four new homeownership townhouses spread among three locations.

VHFA.org wins award

The Homebuilders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont honored VHFA at its 10th Annual Excellence in Housing Awards Banquet yesterday.

VHFA.org won the award in the "Website, Associates" category.

The association's panel of five judges selected the site out of several submitted in that category.

Vermont to receive $2.6 million for affordable housing

Representatives from Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) and Central Vermont Community Land Trust (CVCLT) announced Vermont will receive $2.6 million from the MacArthur Foundation.

The foundation's investment — a $600,000 grant to VHCB and a $2 million loan to VHFA — recognizes Vermont’s longstanding commitment to the preservation of rental housing.

Used in conjunction with other investments, the funding will preserve thousands of affordable apartments in Vermont over the next decade.

CHT presents awards, elects board members

The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) presented awards and selected Board members at its annual meeting this past Saturday.

The event was attended by 150 CHT members.

CHT presented U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders with the Tim McKenzie Award for his commitment to the community land trust model for nearly 30 years in public office.

Sarah Carpenter in Affordable Housing Finance Magazine

The February issue of Affordable Housing Finance Magazine — yes, there is a magazine for every interest! — features VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter.

Sarah is the subject of the issue's "Pop Quiz" section, answering a number of questions  about her work at the Agency.


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