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Housing grants available to Charlotte property owners

Property owners in Charlotte have until the end of August to apply for grants to help them convert or add an affordable unit or two to their existing property.

The money — a total of $40,000 each year for three years — comes from the town's Affordable Housing Trust Fund, approved at the 2007 town meeting.

Up to $5,000 is available for a feasibility study; $10,000 for construction of a single unit, up to $30,000 in construction grants per project.

Grad-level housing policy course at UVM

uvmRegistration is open for "Housing Policy," a 3-credit graduate-level course being offered at the University of Vermont in Burlington this fall.

The course, taught by VHFA Policy and Planning Manager Maura Collins, will meet Thursday nights from 4 to 6:45, Aug. 31 through Dec. 9.

Maura will cover a number of housing policy topics throughout the semester:

Grant competition for affordable housing organizations

td logoTD Bank is making $2 million in grants available to housing organizations through its TD Charitable Foundation.

The "2009 Housing for Everyone" competition is open to non-profit organizations and state and local government entities that develop or maintain affordable housing, or provide affordable housing-related programs or services targeting low- and moderate-income individuals and families.

Vouchers help reunite Vermont families

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will award 150 rental assistance vouchers to two Vermont housing authorities to help reunite children in foster care with their parents.

Burlington Housing Authority will receive 50 vouchers.  Vermont State Housing Authority will receive 100. Total dollar amount of the vouchers is more than $940,000.

HUD will award a total of 37 housing authorities across the U.S. nearly $20 million in funding to assist 7,500 children and their parents.

Vermont lenders: Sell VFHA your foreclosed properties

keyVHFA has received $7 million in funding for the Vermont Neighborhood Stabilization Program to:

Stewart named Rockingham Canal House owner

VHFA has selected Paul Stewart, President of Stewart Property Management, Bedford, N.H., as the new owner of Rockingham Canal House in Bellows Falls.

“Paul Stewart has almost 40 years of experience in affordable housing, and he’s been managing the Canal Street building since last fall, so we’re confident he has the background and skills necessary to make this property a showpiece,” said VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter.

Read more in our press release
(PDF).

June is National Homeownership Month

June is National Homeownership Month (NHM).

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) started NHM in 1997 as National Homeownership Week, a time to focus on the importance of homeownership.

In 2002, the event was expanded to a month.

More recently, HUD has reduced its focus on the event — the HUD Web site doesn't mention this year's NHM — but that hasn't stopped plenty of others, such as the American Bankers Association (ABA), from continuing to focus on homeownership during the month of June.

Follow VHFA on Twitter

VHFA has joined Twitter.

You can follow our "tweets" @vhfa.

Spread the word.

Seeking photo subjects

How quickly a year passes: It's already mid-May, which means VHFA has started our annual search for photo subjects for our next annual report.

We're looking for folks who purchased a home in the last year, give or take, with the help of a VHFA mortgage, and who are happy to sit 20 minutes for a photo with their home.

If that's you, or if you've got a lead to pass our way, please contact us.

Winooski downtown a "Vermont Neighborhood"

The Vermont Downtown Board has designated Winooski's downtown as a "Vermont Neighborhood."

The designation, made possible by last year's housing legislation, makes Winooski eligible for help in the creation of affordable housing.

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