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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.

New Americorps VISTA member joins VAHC staff

Abby Krause, an Americorps VISTA member and recent University of Vermont graduate, has joined the staff at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) in Burlington.

VHFA launches Community Awareness Program for staff

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee, a group of staffers helping assure the Agency conducts its business in a socially responsible manner, has launched its Community Awareness Program (CAP).

CAP is a voluntary program that encourages staff members to gather on designated lunch hours to hear from a variety of presenters speaking on issues pertinent to our community and how we can help make it a better place to live.

Vt Affordable Housing Coalition to hold annual meeting

The Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition (VAHC) will hold its annual meeting as a joint meeting with the Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness (VCEH) on Sept. 10.

VAHC will be holding elections for its steering committee and officers. All five current members are seeking re-election. The nominees are:

Conference speaker spotlight: Ariane Kissam

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.

NERSC announces new President, Board

New England Resident Service Coordinators Inc. (NERSC) has announced its new President and Board of Directors.

Jean Benson Bernstein will lead the Massachusetts-based non-profit as President. She is Director of Resident Services for WinnResidential and has served on the NERSC Board for three years.

Latest official bond statement online

We've posted our latest official bond statement online for download as a PDF document.

The document pertains to VHFA Multipurpose Bond Series 2008C.

Read the official statement (845kb; PDF).

Requests for housing help increase in 2008

Officials at Vermont 2-1-1, the free referral service operated by the United Ways of Vermont, report more calls this year have been regarding housing assistance than in 2007.

An article in this morning's Burlington Free Press provides some numbers: Through last month, calls in 2008 regarding housing totaled 1,916, compared to a total of housing-related calls in 2007 of 2,089.

In Chittenden County, housing-related calls through last month totalled 590, compared with a total of 669 for last year.

Conference speaker spotlight: Anne Duncan Cooley

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.

Aloha, John

john w/poster

VHFA bid Multifamily Management Officer John Burczy farewell as part of a general staff meeting this morning. John, who has been with the Agency just months shy of 20 years, will conclude his tenure this Friday.

With a respectful nod to John's trademark fashion accessory, many staff members wore Hawaiian shirts to the meeting.

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