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Posted by: VHFA on 6/30/2008

report cover VHFA published its latest issue paper this morning. "Family Homelessness in Vermont" is the fourth in a series of issue papers we began two years ago.

"Family Homelessness in Vermont," written by VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks, explores the number of homeless Vermonters, the state of Vermont's shelters, why people are homeless, as well as what Vermonters are doing about the problem and what more we can do.

Other issue papers in our series are:

Today's report's release was top news in this morning's Burlington Free Press. Read the Free Press story.

Posted by: admin on 6/27/2008

BURLINGTON, VT  Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Communications Coordinator Craig Bailey attended “An Event Apart” (AEA), a two-day conference for Web designers, held June 23-24 at the Marriott Copley Place in Boston, Mass. Speakers at the event included AEA co-founders Jeffrey Zeldman and Eric Meyer, and a dozen other Web professionals. Bailey joined Zeldman on stage for a critique of Vermont Housing Data (www.housingdata.org), a site Bailey designed and developed as part of a team from VHFA and the University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies. Zeldman congratulated him for his slick approach to a potentially dry topic like housing data. Zeldman is a lecturer, author, and co-founder of AEA who is considered a prime evangelist in the movement toward designing with Web standards. Bailey has designed and developed a number of sites for VHFA and its partners, including VHFA’s site (www.vhfa.org), Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (www.vtaffordablehousing.org), Vermont Resident Service Coordinators (www.vrsc.org), and the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (www.helpingtohouse.org). This was his second trip to AEA, Boston. AEA is presented by “A List Apart” (www.alistapart.com), an online magazine that explores the design, development, and meaning of Web content, with a focus on Web standards and best practices.

Posted by: VHFA on 6/25/2008

Unprecedented increases in the cost of energy mean owners and managers of multifamily properties will face budget challenges this coming winter.

VHFA Director of Multifamily Programs Sam Falzone has just issued a memo outlining these challenges and offering a number of tips to owners and managers of VHFA-financed properties to help lessen the blow of growing heating costs.

"Clearly, energy savings are no longer just desirable but are now absolutely necessary," Sam writes. "If you have been reluctant to implement previous efficiency recommendations, now is the time to call us and discuss doing so."

Read the complete memo (57 KB; PDF).

Posted by: VHFA on 6/25/2008

housing data web siteI had the good luck to attend An Event Apart, a Web designers conference in Boston, earlier this week.

During the final session of the two-day event, I had the even better luck to join Jeffrey Zeldman, arguably the "godfather" of modern Web design, on stage for a quick, impromptu critique of Vermont Housing Data, the Web site I designed/developed as part of a team of staff members from VHFA and the University of Vermont's Center for Rural Studies.

Jeffrey was very complimentary and congratulated me on the site, impressed by our slick approach to a potentially dry, governmental topic like housing data.

Posted by: VHFA on 6/25/2008

walkingVHFA Staff Accountant Ashley Lamell received the seventh weekly award in the Agency's walking program.

Ashley won a bagful of VHFA-branded goodies for continuously improving her mileage for the past three weeks.

VHFA's eight-week walking program encourages staff members to wear Agency-supplied pedometers to count their steps, increase their physical activity and "reach the beach."

We're tracking progress of each participant on a map representing a path from Burlington, Vt., to the coast of Maine.

Director of Development Joe Erdelyi, Human Resources/Office Manager Martha Panton and Executive Assistant Lori Gilding all reached the Maine coast this week.