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Winooski Falls wins award

Winooski Falls has won the 2008 Livable Communities Award from AARP and the National Association of Home Builders.

HallKeen, The Braverman Co., and New Boston Fund were named winners in the Developer, More than 250 units category.

Homelessness in the news

The Burlington Free Press focused on Burlington's Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS) in Saturday's The Giving Season article.

Read the article online.

Conference survey results

We've just finished tabulating the results of the attendee surveys we received at the end of last week's Vermont Statewide Housing Conference.

The 180 people responding to the survey, just less than half of those who attended, gave the event an overall score of 4/5 stars.

Conference materials online

In the week since we distributed log-in credentials to attendees of the Nov. 18 Statewide Housing Conference, approximately 100 people have logged onto the site to access the attendees database and download presentation files.

The "members-only" area of the conference site contains nearly 180 MB of PowerPoint presentation files, as well as some online-only PDFs provided by conference speakers.

Response to Seven Days housing issue

Liz Curry of NeighborWorks Alliance of Vermont had a letter published in this week's Seven Days newspaper.

You can read her response to the paper's housing issue published last week at the Seven Days Web site.

Food drive wraps up

VHFA just finished its latest food drive to benefit the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf.

Staff and the VHFA Board of Commissioners contributed 250 pounds of food, as well as $25 in cash donations.

This doesn't include donations collected from attendees of last week's Statewide Housing Conference (pictured), which likely rivaled or exceeded the amount collected at VHFA's offices.

VHFA honors Andy Gurley

andy gurley & sarah carpenterVHFA honored Andy Gurley, recently-retired from UBS, for his decades of work with the Agency.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter spoke about Andy's long history with the Agency at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference, held last Tuesday.

Vermont Community Leadership Awards given

Robert McBride (center, right) and Richard Ewald (center, left) received the 2008 Vermont Community Leadership Award from the Vermont Council on Rural Development (VCRD).

Melinda Bussino receives Housing Hero award

sarah carpenter & melinda bussinoMelinda Bussino (right), Executive Director of the Brattleboro Area Drop-In Center, has received the Housing Hero award.

VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter presented Melinda with the award at the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference held last Tuesday.

Seven Days on housing

Seven Days, Burlington's weekly alternative newspaper, focuses on housing this week.

In the issue published today, titled "Home Front: Vermonters get a grip on the housing crisis," you'll find five housing stories.


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