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Prevalence of housing cost burden increases for rural Vermonters

More than 30 percent of the households in Vermont’s rural counties are now cost burdened by their housing expenses—a stark increase since 2000, according to a recent Harvard analysis of non-metro areas nationwide.  This interactive map shows the increase in cost burden rates sweeping U.S. rural areas.

Chittenden County leaders call for increased production of housing over next 5 years

Building Homes Together  was launched yesterday. It is a collaboration of organizations and communities seeking to remedy some of the most pressing challenges in Chittenden County’s housing market.

“The housing shortage in Chittenden County has been well noted with unhealthy vacancy rates and high rents,” added Charlie Baker, Executive Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. “Employers can’t find workers, and workers themselves spend more time in commutes and with a higher percentage of their paychecks on housing costs.” 

Unconscoius bias & fair housing 101

Our brains process information differently. When making important life decisions, we weigh a few factors deliberately (slowly). But for hundreds of other factors, we must rely on intuitive judgment — and we weigh these unconsciously (quickly). Even if in our slow thinking we work to avoid discrimination, it can easily creep into our fast thinking.

The Village Movement: Getting Started in Vermont

Join AARP, The University of Vermont's Center on Aging, and guest speaker Natalie Galucia MSA, Director of the Village to Village Network, in exploring the village concept. The Village Movement is the concept of developing nonprofit villages for those age 50 and older, in which they can age at home safely and as part of a community. 

RSVP required.  Read more and register.

Business leaders consider housing challenges in Chittenden County

Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Executive Director Charlie Baker joined area business leaders this week to discuss the region's growing  jobs-housing imbalance. Although the number of people working in Chittenden County has grown to approximately 99,800, there are 11,300 fewer employees living here than in 2002. 

Check out Baker's presentation for more information.

2016 Consolidated Plan Public Meeting

The State of Vermont’s Department of Housing and Community Development is conducting a public hearing in preparation for developing its 2016 HUD Consolidated Plan Action Plan. The purpose of the hearing is to obtain citizens' views about housing, homelessness, public facilities and services, and non-housing community development needs in the state, development of proposed grant activities, and to review past performance of programs included in the plan.

Funding and design assistance available for rural communities

The Citizens' Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) has issued a request for proposals to rural communities interested in applying for funding to host a community design workshop in 2016 or 2017.

People come and people go: In-migration matches out-migration for Vermont in 2013

About 3.5% of Vermont’s population moved out of the state in 2012-2013—about the same number as those moving in, according to Census estimates. This means that the number of people moving in and out of the state had no net effect on the state’s total population.

Remodeling key to addressing mismatch between aging population and inaccessible housing

The average aging baby boomer plans to “age in place” which will create new levels of demand for remodeling of the currently inaccessible homes they live in, confirms a recent report from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. 

Vermont's HUD Consolidated Plan under revision

The Vermont Department of Housing and Community Development posted a revised “second draft” of its proposed 2015-2019 HUD Consolidated Plan and 2015 Action Plan on March 26, 2015 with tracked changes from the earlier draft version published on March 12.  The document and information about the plan are available on DHCD’s website.

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