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VHFA News

Posted by: Mia Watson on August 30, 2018 - 9:37am

The Vermont State Treasurer’s Office is now accepting local investment financing proposals in the areas of weatherization and housing improvement. Agencies, authorities, non-profits, municipalities, and housing organizations are eligible to apply.

The State Treasurer’s Office manages an ongoing process of local investments that began in 2014 when the Vermont State Legislature established a Local Investment Advisory Committee. The initiative aims to invest a portion of the state’s operating funds in Vermont communities, while earning a competitive rate of return. These financing projects redirect funds that were invested primarily in out-of-state government agency securities and money market accounts at large financial institutions, to local investments. The Treasurer’s Office has committed over $30 million since 2014 in energy improvements in residential housing, commercial energy projects, higher education, and in the rehabilitation of State office buildings for energy efficiencies. Pursuant to Act 188 of 2018, the Treasurer, in consultation with the LIAC, is authorized to invest up to $5,000,000 in weatherization and housing improvement.

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. To view the official solicitation go to: VermontTreasurer.gov. All proposals and questions should be directed to Ashlynn Doyon, State Treasurer’s Office. She may be contacted via email at ashlynn.doyon@vermont.gov or by calling (802) 828-1451.

Posted by: Mia Watson on August 29, 2018 - 9:14am

Raymond James is our newest Premiere level sponsor of the 2018 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. The conference will be held on November 13th and 14th at the Hilton Burlington. Conference registration is now open, with special early bird pricing available for a limited time only.

The conference, held every two years, draws hundreds of housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers. It offers a unique opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired about housing in Vermont. This exciting event would not be possible without sponsors like Raymond James.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available! Sign up to sponsor this event now to get free conference registrations, an exhibit table, and many marketing benefits. Learn more about sponsorship benefits online.

Posted by: Mia Watson on August 23, 2018 - 9:18am

CohnReznick is our newest Platinum level sponsor of the 2018 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference. The conference will be held on November 13th and 14th at the Hilton Burlington. Conference registration is now open, with special early bird pricing available for a limited time only.

The conference, held every two years, draws hundreds of housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers, and bankers. It offers a unique opportunity to network, learn, and be inspired about housing in Vermont. This exciting event would not be possible without sponsors like CohnReznick.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are left! Sign up to sponsor this event now to get free conference registrations, an exhibit table, and many marketing benefits. Learn more about sponsorship benefits online.

Posted by: Mia Watson on August 20, 2018 - 11:52am

Registration is now open for the ever-popular Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on November 13th and 14th, 2018. The conference is held every two years shortly after the election. For a limited time, the registration fee is offered at a discounted early-bird rate. This year's conference will again be held at the Hilton Burlington but with exciting changes and more options focused on the impact Vermont communities have on housing affordability.

An inspiring line-up of interactive, cutting-edge sessions will focus on specific municipal policy tools and community case studies. The 2016 conference drew over 400 housing professionals, including legislators, town and regional planners, advocates, developers and bankers. Attendee evaluations from previous conferences have been consistently positive about the many opportunities to network, learn, and be inspired. 

The conference will begin on Tuesday, November 13 at 1:00 pm and will feature two workshop options: a 2-part series on becoming bilingual in housing and health care or you can choose the returning Housing 101 workshop series that consistently delivers must-have intel about housing programs and players.

Wednesday, November 14, will provide a full day of learning and collaborating, starting with a legislative breakfast reception and the announcement of the Legislative Housing Hero. Next up, designer, architect and social innovator Liz Ogbu will inspire us as this year’s keynote speaker. Afterward, a series of short, powerful snap interviews will provide ideas about the future landscape of housing policy at the federal and state levels.

During lunch, this year's Innovation and Impact Housing Hero will be announced. In the afternoon, we will head into workshops to learn about the latest tools and best practices for maximizing and understanding housing affordability issues at the community level, including a special communications workshop delivered by national thought leader Tiffany Manuel.

Since making new connections and renewing existing ones are critical to putting ideas into practice, there will be plenty of networking breaks and a late afternoon reception on Wednesday overlooking beautiful Lake Champlain.

You cannot afford to miss this productive, innovative conference, so why not register today?
 

Posted by: Mia Watson on August 15, 2018 - 8:39am

Area software developers and web designers gathered Saturday to use their technical expertise to improve the availability of affordable housing in the Green Mountain State.  Thanks to Code for BTV, Burlington joined over 35 cities across the country in bringing civic-minded, tech-savvy individuals together with housing organizations to help improve the flow of information about housing to the people who need it.

Nick Floersch, Code for BTV Brigade Co-Captain, invited reps from VHFA, Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness to use the services of the civic hackers on Saturday to improve outstanding web sites and other issues. “We are continuously looking for ways to build more bridges so civic organizations can use the tech community’s expertise to serve Vermonters in need more effectively,” Floersch explained.  

After hearing about the projects each housing organization needed help with, the volunteers split into groups and got to work.  For VHFA, software developer Nowell Strite and system designer Ans Bradford quickly updated the code running the Vermont Rental Codes web site while Burlington Code Academy instructor Joshua dug into the Vermont Resident Services Coordinator web site created by VHFA over a decade ago. The 3 experts suggested ways to modernize, improve accessibility and load time to help website visitors get the information they need more easily. 

Erhard Mahnke at Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition and Rick Castillo at Vermont State Housing Authority who helps coordinate the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness also worked with teams of IT experts, product managers, QA professionals, software engineers, and Burlington Code Academy students on Saturday to improve websites and systems used by these organizations to serve low income Vermonters. On behalf of Vermont’s affordable housing organizations, thank you to Vermont’s dedicated and talented civic hackers!

Pictured: Leslie Black-Plumeau, VHFA, works with software developer Nowell Strite on the Vermont Rental Codes website at Saturday’s National Day of Civic Hacking in Burlington, Vermont.

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