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Development

Lawmakers and supporters celebrate groundbreaking of French Block in Montpelier

Senator Patrick Leahy and Congressman Peter Welch joined representatives from the Vermont Legislature, housing advocates, and many other supporters in downtown Montpelier on Tuesday at a groundbreaking ceremony for the French Block affordable housing project. The project, which is a joint effort between Housing Vermont and Downstreet Housing & Community Development, will rehabilitate a historic building to create 14 affordable apartments for low-income Vermonters and four market-rate apartments.

VHFA awards millions in tax credits for affordable rental housing development

On Monday, April 16 the Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA) Board of Commissioners committed federal Housing Tax Credits and Vermont Affordable Housing Credits to construct and renovate apartments for low-income Vermonters over the next several years. The $3.5 million in ten-year federal capped credits, $319,000 in ten-year federal uncapped “bond” credits and $173,000 in five-year state credits will support the development of 251 apartments in eight communities across the state. VHFA permanent and construction financing totaling $19 million was also approved for five of the projects.

VHCB awards proceeds from Sustainability Bonds to affordable housing projects

In January, Vermont Housing Finance Agency was instrumental in the sale of nearly $37 million in Vermont Property Transfer Tax Revenue Bonds. Proceeds from these bonds, sold as sustainability bonds due to their intended use, support the Housing for All initiative to construct and preserve affordable housing across Vermont. Project development is underway.

Community Development Advance webinar

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advance (CDA) program offers members an excellent way to support economic development and affordable housing in their communities.

Vermont housing partners outline damaging impacts of proposed federal tax reform provisions

Housing partners seeking to improve opportunities for lower income Vermonters described this week why federal tax reform bills would make reaching this goal much harder and hurt Vermont communities. Learn more from these WPTZ and CCTV stories.  

Vermonters weigh federal tax reform proposals

When the Senate and House released their initial tax reform proposals last week in Washington, Vermont's Congressional delegation went to work to protect valuable resources that are part of the tax code, such as private activity bonds and housing tax credits.  Tax programs are responsible for most affordable housing developed in Vermont in the past 30 years.

House Tax Bill ‘Would Have Devastating Impact on Affordable Housing in New England’

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Allard Square construction is underway

dave adams poses in hardhat at groundbreaking

Cathedral Square Corporation, affordable housing partners and South Burlington officials came together this week to celebrate the start of construction of Allard Square.

The 39-unit apartment building is expected to be open to residents this time next year, with rents for the majority of units being well below market rate.

Applegate affordable apartments revamped for sustainability

Applgate apartment ribbon cutting

Plans were made over two years ago to make renovations to Applegate Apartments, located in Bennington, VT. It's one of Vermont's largest affordable housing developments and threatened by rising fuel costs before improvements were made. The complex paid $175,000 a year on fuel costs, which required rent to rise, and owners were worried that tenants would not be able to keep up.

VHFA is hiring!

VHFA has three immediate job openings: Development Underwriter, Business Development Coordinator and Research and Communications Coordinator. 

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