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Help your residents apply for fuel assistance

VHFA and the Vermont Housing & Conservation Board (VHCB) have offered suggestions for owners and managers of affordable rental housing to help their residents apply for fuel assistance this winter.

The suggestions, the result of a June meeting with a variety of stakeholders, are detailed in a recent memo from VHFA's Sam Falzone and VHCB's Rick DeAngelis.

Packard hired as Financial Analyst

We're pleased to welcome Michelle Packard as the newest member of VHFA's Finance Department. Michelle was recently named our new Financial Analyst.

She's been working in the Agency's Homeownership Department on a temporary basis for two months. Before that she spent nearly two decades as Treasurer for Summit Financial Center, a Burlington mortgage company.

Earn AICP credit at upcoming conference

Four of the workshops at our upcoming Vermont Statewide Housing Conference have been approved for American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) credit.

New QAP draft available for review

We've placed an updated "red-line" draft of the Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) online for your review. The draft contains a number of revisions proposed by VHFA that were not included in the recently-passed Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008, but based on other policy changes, feedback, and program experience. This new version will be presented to the VHFA Board of Commissioners on Sept. 22.Read our Sept. 4 post about the proposed changes to the QAP.

Fitch rates latest VHFA bond issue

Fitch Ratings has rated the latest VHFA bond issue AA/F1+.

Read more about the rating at the MarketWatch Web site.

Fitch Ratings is a global rating agency that provides the world's credit markets with independent credit opinions.

VRSC to publish new guide

Later this month, Vermont Resident Service Coordinators will publish the VRSC Resident Service Coordinators Guide for Vermont.

Conference speaker spotlight: Amy Wright

This is the latest of several quick bios we'll blog of speakers scheduled to appear at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, Nov. 18 in South Burlington.

Read about other speakers scheduled to present at the event and register to attend at the conference Web site.

Conference registrations hit 100

This morning, we received our 100th registration for the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference coming to South Burlington on Tuesday, Nov. 18.

If you haven't already, register now. You can register and pay online using PayPal or a credit card. Or download the PDF registration form and mail it in with your check.

QAP changes proposed; public hearing scheduled

The recently enacted Federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HR 3221) contains a number of reforms, including changes that will affect the Housing Credit program.

VHFA has proposed additional changes to Vermont's Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP), not initiated by this legislation but based on other policy changes, feedback, and program experience.

These changes pertain to:

Conference speaker spotlight: Douglas Rice

This is the latest of several quick bios we'll blog of speakers scheduled to appear at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, Nov. 18 in South Burlington.

Read about other speakers scheduled to present at the event and register to attend at the conference Web site.

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