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Top originators named for Chittenden, Grand Isle, Franklin counties

trophyVHFA's fiscal year ends June 30, so summer is the time we announce all our top originators for the previous year. Homeownership Outreach Coordinator Erin Perrin made presentations to our first two honorees yesterday.

Ground breaking at Union Square Apartments, Windsor

union square apartments ground breaking
VHFA Commissioner Gus Seelig (left) and Executive Director Sarah Carpenter (third from right) were among the housing dignitaries who attended a ground breaking ceremony at Union Square Apartments in Windsor last Friday.

Union Square Apartments, formerly known as Armory Square, is a $9 million construction project that will offer 58 affordable apartments when it's completed next November.

VHFA publishes homelessness report

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.

Multifamily properties: Prepare now for heating season

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.

Housing Data site receives kudos

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

Seventh walking award goes to Ashley Lamell

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."

Sixth walking award goes to Pat Loller

pat reaches the beachVHFA Director of Administration Pat Loller received the sixth weekly award in the Agency's walking program.

Pat won a VHFA hat and a Ben & Jerry's gift certificate for being the first to "reach the beach" on the coast of Maine.

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."

Correction: Green Building and Design Standards

This morning we revised our "Green Building and Design Standards" document to correct an editing error.

The new version fixes language in Section 6-R3 "Deconstruction and Construction Waste Management" on page 10. This was the only change.

If you downloaded the previous version or received a hardcopy of the same, please destroy it, and download the latest version.

Conference keynote speaker confirmed

michelle kennedyVermont author Michelle Kennedy has been confirmed to deliver the keynote address at the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference on Nov. 18.

She's the author of 10 books, including 2005's "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America." The book details her life at 24 as a recent ex-American University student and homeless mother living with three children in her station wagon.

Fifth walking award goes to Ann-Marie Plank

walkingVHFA Multifamily Management Officer Ann-Marie Plank received the fifth weekly award in the Agency's current walking program.

Ann-Marie won a gift certificate to Healthy Living Natural Foods in South Burlington in a random drawing of all participants who are still on the map.

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