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CBS News features VHFA lender

bank president mark youngThe CBS Evening News with Katie Couric featured VHFA participating lender First National Bank of Orwell on yesterday's broadcast.

You can watch the segment and read a synopsis of the story at the CBS site.

VHFA wins Vermont Award for Work Site Wellness

Yesterday VHFA received a Bronze Award from the Vermont Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports as part of the 2008 Vermont Awards for Work Site Wellness, Physical Fitness and Sports.

Gov. Jim Douglas presented HR/Office Manager Martha Panton a plaque at the Work Site Wellness Conference held at the Hilton in Burlington.

We received the honor in the 26-75 employee category.

VRSC Web site revamped; HUD docs available

In addition to the new Vermont Resident Service Coordinators (VRSC) Resource Guide, which we pointed you to in previous Housing Matters posts, there are a handful of other new resources at the VRSC Web site.

VPR covers CHT honor

Vermont Public Radio aired a story today about Champlain Housing Trust's winning a United Nations World Habitat Award.

Read the script or listen to the story.

Two more reasons planners should attend conference

We received word this afternoon that two more of our housing conference workshops have been approved for continuing education credit by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

"Planning/Zoning: Getting Communities Housing-Ready" and "Green Building" join the four previously announced workshops in offering planners 1.25 hours of AICP credit each.

Conference registrations hit 200

Our 200th attendee registered for the 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference today.

If you haven't yet signed up for our Nov. 18 event, register online now. The early-bird registration fee of just $40 is still in effect for a couple more weeks, until it goes up to $50 on Oct. 17.

Conference speaker spotlight: Kathy Beyer

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.

The economy and VHFA

Seems like talk about the economy has bossed the news over the last few weeks.

You can read VHFA Executive Director Sarah Carpenter's views on the current economic situtation's effect on VHFA in an article that appeared in the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus over the weekend.

Montpelier gets eight new apartments

The Central Vermont Land Trust held an open house yesterday at 208 Barre Street in Montpelier.

Eight new apartments are ready for occupancy in the Bianchi Block, a 1907 building that has been home to an auto parts store, granite worker housing and social clubs over the years.

Read the Times Argus story on the project.

Save the date: URA training

Affordable housing development organizations should plan to attend the Oct. 29 training on the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act/Section 104(d) of the Housing and Community Development Act.

If you're working on a HUD-funded project (HOME, CDBG, and Section 108 Loan Guarantees) that involves acquisition of real estate or rehabilitation of existing occupied residential or commercial property, you're obligated to comply with these requirements.


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