Report: Subsidized housing reduces childhood hunger

A new report from Children's HealthWatch in Boston indicates children living in subsidized housing are less likely to be hungry.

The report, "Rx for Hunger: Affordable Housing," is covered in a short article in this month's issue of Affordable Housing Finance magazine.

"The study makes the case that food-assistance programs alone cannot address childhood hunger," the article states. "Affordable housing is part of the solution."

Good luck, Sara

sara-hoehnToday VHFA bids farewell to Staff Accountant Sara Hoehn, who's soon returning to the Lone Star State.

Sara's time with the Agency was brief, but we appreciate the good work she did while she was here.

Good luck, Sara!

Mapping comes to Directory of Affordable Rental Housing

map of burlingtonYesterday we substantially beefed up the mapping capabilities of the Vermont Directory of Affordable Housing (DoARH).

The DoARH, part of the Vermont Housing Data Web site, is a searchable database of all subsidized rental housing in the state — 12,826 units at last count.

Housing crisis inspires art

Free tax prep for income-eligible Vermonters

tax prepVermonters who earned less than $50,000 in 2009 might be eligible for free tax preparation.

IRS-certified volunteers working in Burlington and Winooski offer a variety of evening, weekend and weekday hours to fit your schedule, and can file your return electronically to speed your refund.

Learn more by calling the United Way's free 2-1-1 referral  service. Just dial "211" on your phone.

VHFA holiday schedule

VHFA's offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Dec. 24 and 25 — as well as Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 — for the holidays.

Best wishes for 2010.

VHFA wins CEDO contract

Vermont Housing Finance Agency was awarded a contract to research and write a report for the City of Burlington.

The city's Community and Economic Development Office (CEDO) picked VHFA's proposal to produce its "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing." The report, required as a part of Burlington's consolidated planning process, was last published in 1999.

Season's Greetings from VHFA


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Artwork by VHFA Loss Management Specialist Polly Thibault.
©2009 Polly Thibault
Design: Craig Bailey

Good luck, Matt!

Housing Matters wanted to thank Matthew St. Peter, a Champlain College senior who spent the last few months interning at the Agency.

His last day with us was yesterday.

Matt spent time in just about every department at VHFA learning the ropes and contributing to the workflow.

Thanks for the help, Matt, and good luck!

Lead plumbing law takes effect Jan. 1

pipeVermont's Lead in Consumer Products Law (Act 193) takes effect Jan. 1., limiting the amount of lead that can be in certain plumbing supplies sold in Vermont.

If you'll be installing plumbing in your home — or plan to construct single- or multi-family housing in Vermont — it's important you understand the new law.


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