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Policy & initiatives

Due to breadth and depth of its staffs' experience, VHFA serves as a coordinator, supporter and information resource for affiliated housing organizations and policy makers. If an initiative is consistent with VHFA's mission, we support it through our programs and Vermont-wide research and coordination.

Recent initiatives VHFA helped advance include:

  • Housing Acquisition and Rehabilitation (HARP) program
  • Support and Services at Home (SASH)
  • Mobile Home Replacement Program administered by Champlain Housing Trust
  • Vermont Rental Housing Codes Committee and Vermont Rental Codes website
  • Shared-equity lending model

Every two years, VHFA convenes the Vermont Statewide Housing Conference which draws nearly 500 policy makers, housing developers, lenders and advocates. Participants hear from national and state leaders about the state’s most pressing housing issues. The conference is run on behalf of a multi-agency planning committee: Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity, Housing Vermont, USDA Rural Development, VT Affordable Housing Coalition, VT’s Department of Housing and Community Development, VT Housing & Conservation Board, VT Housing Finance Agency, VT Mortgage Bankers Association and VT Realtors. 

VHFA also supports partner organizations by developing and maintaining the Vermont Housing Managers Association and Vermont Resident Services Coordinators websites.  VHFA also developed and maintains Vermont's Housing Data website, including the statewide Directory of Affordable Rental Housing.