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Housing in the news

Housing conference in Burlington Free Press

The Vermont Statewide Housing Conference was the subject of a feature story in this Monday's Business Monday section of The Burlington Free Press.

Writer Dan D'Ambrosio features a number of people from various sectors of Vermont's housing community who'll be communing tomorrow at the Hilton.

Video: VHFA's Sarah Carpenter on Channel 3

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared on WCAX-TV Channel 3 yesterday, to talk about affordable housing in Vermont and tomorrow's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on the station's "The :30" program.

CCRPC, VHFA on Channel 17

VHFA's Sarah Carpenter joined Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC) Executive Director Charlie Baker on Channel 17/CCTV's "Local Matters" program yesterday.

The topic was the Sustainable Communities Grant CCRPC recently received from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. VHFA is a partner in the grant.

If you missed the show, you can catch it several more times this month:

CEDO report on WAMC

Northeast Public Radio aired a story today about the City of Burlington's "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice" report.

VHFA Policy & Planning Manager Maura Collins appears in the news segment.

VHFA wrote the report under contract by the Burlington Community & Economic Development Office.

CCRPC, VHFA on Channel 17

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter will join Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission (CCRPC), and others on Channel 17 next Thursday.

They'll be speaking about the recently announced $995,000 Sustainable Communities Grant CCRPC was awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD). VHFA is a partner in the grant.

Housing conference in Rutland Herald, Times Argus

The upcoming Vermont Statewide Housing Conference was featured in the Rutland Herald and Times Argus yesterday.

The story quotes VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board Executive Director Gus Seelig, and Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition's Erhard Mahnke.

Read the article online (Subscription required).

VHFA diligent during foreclosure procedures

Last week, Vermont joined other states in examining complaints some mortgage firms have engaged in questionable practices during foreclosure proceedings.

At the center of the investigation is "robo-signing," when mortgage service employees with no knowledge of a particular case sign foreclosure documents.

Thomas Candon, Banking Commissioner at the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration and a VHFA Commissioner, said his office hasn't received any complaints regarding this practice.

VHFA's low delinquencies, foreclosures on VPR

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter appeared in a news segment aired by Vermont Public Radio yesterday and today about the Agency's low delinquency and foreclosure rates.

Read the transcript online.

Cedar's Edge groundbreaking

Sen. Bernie Sanders yesterday joined a number of housing officials at the groundbreaking of Cedar's Edge, an apartment complex on Susie Wilson Road in Essex. The 30-unit building, being developed by Champlain Housing Trust and Housing Vermont, will include 25 units designated for income-eligible tenants. VHFA provided construction financing and allocated Tax Credits to the project. The event was covered by some local media:

AP: More than half exit foreclosure-relief program

The Associated Press reports that, as of last month, approximately 680,000 of homeowners who entered the federal government's mortgage relief program, have been disqualified. That's 51% of all participants, up from 48% the previous month.

Those figures, released by the U.S. Treasury Department yesterday, might reflect the complex nature of fixing the nation's housing crisis.

Read the AP story online.

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