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VHFA staff attend Lake Monsters game

champ and hannahVHFA staff members and family enjoyed a Lake Monsters game at Burlington's Centennial Field last night.

The Lake Monsters scored a season-high six runs in the bottom of the third inning for a 7-3 lead and went on to beat the Aberdeen Ironbirds 9-5.

The event was the Agency's annual summer outing.

VHFA staff contributes to Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf

VHFA's Socially Responsible Committee has devised a way to help stock the local food shelf:

Each day next week, any staff member who brings in a non-perishable food item for the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf will earn the right to dress according to the Agency's "casual" dress policy, something usually reserved for Fridays.

Conference speaker spotlight: Linda Ryan

This is the second 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.

Learn how to use Vermont's Directory of Affordable Rental Housing

VHFA will hold a training session on Sept. 15 for homeless organization workers who'd like to learn how to use the Vermont Directory of Affordable Rental Housing (DoARH).

The directory is a searchable database of all subsidized housing units in Vermont. It contains data, as well as contact and vacancy information, on more than 12,000 units across the state.

New national housing trust modeled on Vermont

If the new National Affordable Housing Trust Fund, part of the housing relief initiative recently signed into law by President Bush, sounds familiar, it might be because the model for it was developed in Burlington more than 20 years ago.

Conference speaker spotlight: Erhard Mahnke

This is the first 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.

Downtown Crossing opens

Bennington celebrated its newest affordable housing project with a ribbon cutting event at Downtown Crossing last Thursday. Approximately 40 people including VHFA Public Affairs Manager John Fairbanks attended the event.

The 12-unit development includes four units in a new building on South Street, and eight units in a renovated building on School Street.

Housing manager associations to meet in Vermont

Members of the Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire housing managers associations will come together for their triennial "Crossing the Line" conference this fall.

The event will be held at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vt., Oct. 27-29, under the theme, "Housing: Are the Odds in Your Favor?"

Conference brochure on its way

Watch for our 2008 Vermont Statewide Housing Conference brochure, hitting the mail later this week.

The conference is coming to South Burlington on Tuesday, November 18.

Registrations are open now. You can register online, or complete the form contained in the brochure and mail it in.

Registration fee is just $40, but goes up to $50 Oct. 18.

More kudos for Champlain Housing Trust

We thought Champlain Housing Trust's winning an international award from the United Nations's UN HABITAT earlier this week was pretty big news. (Read our previous post about the award.) Apparently, we weren't the only ones.

The Burlington Free Press writes in an editorial published this morning, the award "is a timely recognition of a worthy effort when affordable housing is such a critical issue in Vermont."

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