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BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Executive Director Sarah Carpenter announced today the hiring of Renee Couture of Burlington as Administrative Assistant. Couture provides administrative support to the agency's executive management staff and legal counsel, and provides backup support to the front office. Before joining VHFA, Couture spent more than four years at IDX Systems Corp. in South Burlington, most recently as Senior Software Analyst. Before that she worked four years providing software application support as a Help Desk Consultant at Service Design Associates in Raleigh, N.C. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Couture is pursuing an associate degree in business, with a concentration in financial services, at Community College of Vermont in Burlington. VHFA was established by the Vermont Legislature in 1974 to finance and promote affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income Vermonters. Since its inception, the agency has helped more than 24,000 households with affordable mortgages and nearly 6,000 families into affordable rental units.