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Section 8 waiting list featured on VPR

Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" devoted an episode to Vermont's Section 8 housing voucher crunch last week.

Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) Executive Director Richard Williams appeared on the show, speaking about VSHA's decision to close its 3,000-name waiting list at the end of this month.

Listen to the show online.

Free Press: Burlington colleges pursue student housing projects

Vermont's housing shortage goes way beyond the pressures of housing Vermont's student population.

But in Burlington, the annual influx of college students usually brings to attention the city's already tight housing market.

The Burlington Free Press reported this weekend on efforts by the University of Vermont and Champlain College to tackle the issue.

Read the article online.

Free Press: Vermont spared big home-sale slump

"The state’s real-estate market hasn’t stalled the way markets have in other states," according to an article in this weekend's Burlington Free Press.

Read the article online.

Audio: Vermont Edition downtown planning show

Vermont Public Radio's "Vermont Edition" from yesterday is now available for listening online.

The program, titled "A New Approach to Downtown Planning," is devoted to "form-based code."

Listen online.

Downtown planning on today's Vermont Edition

Today, Vermont Public Radio (VPR) will devote its "Vermont Edition" program to the topic of downtown planning.

Host Jane Lindholm will examine a new approach to creating livable, mixed-use downtowns for residents and businesses: "form-based code."

Her guests will be Noelle MacKay of Smart Growth Vermont in Burlington, and Paul Dreher, zoning administrator in Newport, which is in the process of approving form-based code for its downtown.

Housing on Channel 17 tonight

Brian Pine, Assistant Director for Housing at Burlington's Community & Economic Development Office (CEDO), will be on cable Channel 17 this afternoon talking about the forthcoming report, “An Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice.”

He'll join Kevin Stapleton of Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity's (CVOEO) Fair Housing Project.

"The CEDO Show" airs at 5:25 p.m. today.

VHFA produced the report under contract by CEDO.

VSHA to close Section 8 waiting list

The Vermont State Housing Authority (VSHA) will close its waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers by the end of next month. The move, only the second time VSHA has closed its list, comes in the wake of many local housing authorities closing their lists due to overwhelming demand, low turnover and a lack of funding.

VSHA's list exceeds 3,000 and could number 4,000 by the time it closes.

It's not uncommon for applicants to wait years before receiving a voucher.

HARP in Rutland Herald

launderville houseThis weekend, the Rutland Herald published a story about VHFA's Housing Acquisition & Rehabilitation Program (HARP).

Times Argus: First-time home buyers feel the pinch

The Times Argus published a story today about the slumping economy and its effects on first-time homebuyers.

"For would-be first-time home buyers, the quest to get into that home is more challenging today and likely to remain that way until the economy turns around," Bruce Edwards writes.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter, among many other housing partners from across the state, is quoted in the article.

Addison Independent covers lack of jobs, housing

The Addison Independent has published another story in its "Making a Life in Addison County" series, which looks at how residents aged 20-34 live in Addison County.

Today's article, "Lack of jobs, housing strains young adults," looks at two of the biggest factors that determine whether an area is livable.

Read the story online.

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