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"What Home Means to Me" photo contest

cameraThe deadline for Champlain Housing Trust's "What Home Means to Me" photo contest is approaching.

As part of CHT's 25th anniversary celebration they're giving away an Olympus 1020 camera, memory and camera bag to one 1st Prize winner.

Two 2nd Prize winners will receive photo books.

Wilmington considers options for town plan

As planners for the town of Wilmington consider the next scheduled revision to their town plan, our friends at Smart Growth Vermont are encouraging a plan for growth that preserves the character of the town.

During a presentation to the planning commission last night, Smart Growth Vermont Executive Director Noelle MacKay said the town should be encouraging people to agree they should have safe, decent housing people already living in their community can afford.

NeighborWorks of Western Vermont to receive $2 million

Our friends at NeighborWorks of Western Vermont will receive $2 million in federal economic stimulus funds to help first-time homebuyers.

The funding comes from the Community Development Financial Institutions Program, part of the recent American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The $2 million is part of $6 million being split among three Vermont non-profit organizations: NeighborWorks of Western Vermont, Vermont Community Loan Fund and Opportunities Credit Union.

The federal government is allocating $90 million to 59 organizations in 26 states.

Champlain Housing Trust block party photos

Some photos here from Champlain Housing Trust's block party last Friday, celebrating their new digs at 88 King Street, Burlington.

Thanks to Jon Shenton, Marketing and Communications Coordinator over at CHT.

Deep energy retrofits workshop

The Vermont Green Building Network (VGBN) and the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAVT) is presenting "Deep Energy Retrofits," a workshop for builders, architects and others, June 19 in Montpelier.

As a follow up to the "Toward Net-Zero Energy Homes" series, this workshop will focus on the deep energy retrofits of homes and other building types.

Vermont Resident Service Coordinators bids farewell to administrator

Cathleen Gent will wrap up her tenure as administrator for Vermont Resident Service Coordinators (VRSC) at the end of this month.

Cathleen, a former Public Affairs Director at VHFA, has been involved with VRSC since the late 1990s — before the organization was officially recognized as a non-profit organization — and is a familiar face to just about anyone who's worked in housing in Vermont in the last decade or two.

Champlain Housing Trust hosts block party

Champlain Housing Trust (CHT) is throwing an old fashioned neighborhood block party Friday, June 12 from 4 to 6 p.m.

It's in celebration of NeighborWorks Week and as a "thank you" to their neighbors along King Street, between Saint Paul and Pine streets, who were so patient during construction of CHT's new headquarters at 88 King Street.

USDA/RD raises income limits

Our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Rural Development (USDA/RD) have made changes to their Section 502 Guaranteed Loan Program so more Vermonters may be eligible.

USDA/RD has increased its income limits for the program, which help determine who might be eligible for a home loan. At the same time, they've moved to a two-tiered system — for families of one to four people and five to eight people — to simplify the process.

Vt. Green Home Alliance launches

A group of statewide housing organizations, including VHFA, have formed the Vermont Green Home Alliance.

The alliance, announced at a press conference at the Champlain Valley Expo this afternoon, promotes and encourages "green" building practices in Vermont.

“VHFA's been a strong supporter of energy efficiency and green building design techniques for many years," said VHFA Chief of Program Operations David Adams.

Report: Vermont one of least affordable states for renters

Vermonters who rent their homes live in the 15th most expensive state in the nation for renters, according to a new report.

"Out of Reach 2008-2009" was released today by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), a Washington, D.C.-based housing advocacy group, and the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition.

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