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Job Posting – Westgate Housing Inc. – Community Director

Posted August 9, 2017

The Westgate Community Director serves the hopes and needs of Westgate, a 98-unit low and moderate-income community in Brattleboro, Vermont. S/he is staff to the resident-controlled Westgate Housing Inc. board. WHI is co-owner of the property.

With the residents and board, the Community Director is responsible for:

  • Developing programs and services for and by residents

  • Helping to make Westgate a vibrant community

  • Building relations and collaboration with other organizations and the Town and State

  • Overseeing the management company and property finances

  • Managing the WHI finances

  • Working closely with our partner in owning the property, Windham & Windsor Housing Trust

Qualifications

  • Experience working in a non-profit organization

  • Ability to handle a variety of concurrent tasks and projects

  • Excellent writing and speaking skills

  • Experience with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Experience in administration and financial management

  • Familiarity with Microsoft office and, ideally, Quickbooks

  • Familiarity with fundraising methods and resources

  • Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience

  • Stamina, a calm manner, and a sense of humor

Compensation: Salaried, exempt and offer will be commensurate with experience.

WHI will contribute up to $3000 a year in reimbursement towards premium payments of privately purchased health insurance or towards costs of being on a spouse’s or domestic partner’s plan.

This is a full-time position. Schedule is somewhat flexible. Applicants must be able to work several evenings a month and occasionally staff weekend events.

Hiring Process: Shortly after application deadline all applicants will be notified as to whether or not they are invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted with a hiring committee who will make a recommendation to the WHI Board. Our goal is to make a formal offer by the Board at our September 12th meeting. A criminal background check will be conducted prior to offer. References will be solicited and checked if you are invited to interview.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to contact@westgatehousing.org. Deadline – August 27th.
For a full job description go to: https://tinyurl.com/WG-CD-Job

 

 



Job Posting – Fuel & Utility Assistance Program Director, Department for Children and Families

Posted

This position, Fuel & Utility Assistance Program Director is open to all State employees and external applicants.

If you would like more information about this position, please contact Richard Donahey at (802) 241-0601 or at richard.donahey@vermont.gov.

 

The Department for Children and Families – Economic Services Division seeks a highly motivated and confident professional for the position of Fuel and Utility Assistance Program Director. This Director level position is responsible for the overall management of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Vermont’s Energy Assistance Program.  Duties include the development and monitoring of grants with community organizations and State partners, as well as development of the annual benefits budget. Supervision is exercised over Classified and Temporary staff. Work is performed with latitude for independent decision-making and is under the general direction of the Senior Policy and Operations Manager.

To read the full job specification for this position, please visit the DHR Job Specifications page.

 



Job Postings – Vermont State Housing Authority

Posted

Coordinator, Housing Program Services

Make a difference by helping individuals & families with their housing needs.  Vermont State Housing Authority, a statewide affordable housing provider, has an exciting opportunity for an individual to join their dedicated team of employees. This management position is responsible for supervisory, administrative, technical & planning work involving the day-to-day intake & occupancy services for rental assistance programs (i.e., Section 8 Voucher, Family Self-Sufficiency, Homeownership; McKinney Vento Shelter Plus Care & other subsidy programs) administered by VSHA.  Bachelor’s Degree & a minimum of three-five years professional experience in administrative, social service and/or outreach work, including strong supervisory responsibilities.  Position is based in Montpelier, VT, requires office & field work.  Details, requirements & qualifications at www.vsha.org.  Cover letter & resume to:  HR, VSHA, 1 Prospect St., Montpelier, VT  05602-3556; or contact@vsha.org.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Receptionist/Office Assistant

Be part of team of professionals helping families & individuals with their housing needs.  Statewide affordable housing provider/manager needs a receptionist/office assistant full-time in their Montpelier office.  General receptionist & administrative support duties. Individual must have excellent communication skills, be highly organized & able to multi-task & work in a fast-paced environment.  For full position details, requirements & qualifications, visit www.vsha.org.  Cover letter & resume to:  HR, VSHA, One Prospect St., Montpelier, VT  05602-3556; or contact@vsha.org.  VSHA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

 



Headlines from the Past Week

Posted August 8, 2017

State Set To Go Over Budget To Fully Fund Homelessness Program
BY ERIN MANSFIELD

Human Services Secretary Al Gobeille said departments generally are not allowed to spend more than the Legislature budgeted, but that the administration is allowing it in this situation. Read more…

New Owner Sprucing Up Former Parish School In Burlington
BY MORGAN TRUE

Champlain Housing Trust says it plans to continue operating the onetime St. Joseph School as a community center. The trust paid $2.15 million for the building. Read more…

Bond Will Invest in Affordable Housing at Record Levels
BY ERIN MANSFIELD

The $34 million sum is the most state money the board has been able to oversee as part of a single bond since its inception in the 1980s. Read more…

New Money from State to Boost Aid for Homeless
BY STEPHEN MILLS

Homeless advocates are working to add services in central Vermont with the help of a $300,000 appropriation by the Legislature in the last session.  Read more…

Housing Accord Seals the Deal
BY STEPHEN MILLS

The long-awaited Taylor Street transit center in Montpelier got the green light with the signing of a housing option agreement amid much fanfare on Thursday. Read more…

Emergency Help for the Homeless Will Stay Fully Funded
BY NEIL P. GOSWAMI

State officials say they will be able to fully fund the state’s General Assistance Emergency Housing budget after warning community agencies in late June that only three months of funding were possible. Read more…

Tenants to Buy, Upgrade Mobile Home Park
BY GORDON DRITSCHILO

the Windy Hollow Mobile Home Cooperative is preparing to take over the similarly named mobile home park on River Street in Rutland. Read More…

 



2017 Tri-State Housing Managers Conference Registration Open

Posted

We are excited to announce the online registration for the 2017 Tri-State Housing Managers Conference is now open.  The Tri-State planning committee has been working hard to put a full line of training topics together for you and we hope that everyone will be able to attend.  Please use the following link to register for the conference.  The deadline for registration is Monday, September 25, 2017.

https://www.regonline.com/tristatemanagersassociationconference

Please note that hotel reservations need to be made separately by calling the hotel directly.  The information is also on the registration website.  Hotel reservations must be made by September 24, 2017.

Scholarships

VHMA promotes educational opportunities for its members, and does not want to turn anyone away who has difficulty affording quality training.  Therefore, every year VHMA offers scholarships to support members to attend VHMA trainings or conferences.

A VHMA member may request a scholarship for this conference.  All requests will be reviewed by the executive committee and responded to within a timely manner.  Scholarships shall be granted in the range of $50-$450.

Criteria taken into consideration during review will be:
• Active or inactive membership                                                             • Total requests received from the same organization
• Length of membership with VHMA                                                      • Size of company
• Amount of request                                                                                 • Number of requests for given event
• Total requests received for the given year                                          • VHMA financial position

Please forward your written requests for consideration to Iris Gilbert via email at irisg@ruraledge.org

Requests must be received no later than September 1, 2017

We hope to see you all at the conference!!!!

 



Live at 5:25: Burlington Housing Authority Residents Participate in the Art Hop

Posted

Last week, VAHC Resident Organizer Corrine Yonce spoke with David Foss and local Artist Kylie Dally about ongoing activities at several Burlington Housing Authority properties.  Kylie is working with BHA residents to incorporate artwork into BHA residences to make the living spaces more stimulating. David, a member of Decker Towers’ Resident Advisory Board and of the Decker Towers Tenants Association Steering Committee, has worked with Corrine to find new ways to connect Decker Towers to the larger Burlington community in order to fight the stigma that so many Decker residents face. Check out this episode of Live at 5:25 here.

You can watch this program on Channel 17/ Town Meeting Television, on Comcast Cable and Burlington Telecom at the following times:

Wednesday August  2, 5:25 PM
Thursday August  3, 7:00 PM
Monday August 14, 3:00 PM
Monday August 21, 3:00 PM
Monday August 28, 3:00 PM

 



VT Tenants Housing Education Supervisor

Posted July 28, 2017

The Champlain Valley Office of Economic Opportunity’s (CVOEO) VT Tenants Program (VTI) seeks an experienced, energetic, and committed individual with a high degree of initiative to join our team as the Housing Education Supervisor.

The Housing Education Supervisor is responsible for managing the ongoing operation of the Tenant Hotline; provides education and outreach services to VT landlords and tenants; will be the lead educator responsible teaching basic rights and responsibilities to tenants and landlords in workshop settings; responsible for utilizing, updating, providing oversight and support of our tenant training materials; monitor and report on the effectiveness of hotline services and give input to the Program Director on potential improvements; and provide direct service to clients as needed.

Successful applicants will have a Bachelor’s degree in education, business or human services plus 2-4 years related experience – paralegal training desired; general knowledge of V.S.A 9, 12, and 18 or a minimum of 2 years’ experience working with tenants, landlords and housing statutes related issues; and the ability to communicate with, supervise, and empower employees to be effective in their roles – Supervisory experience preferred. Strong preference given to applicants fluent in a native language shared by our refugee/immigrant community. To learn more about this position, please visit www.cvoeo.org

This is a 20 hour/week position with health insurance and excellent benefits.  To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to: VTSuper17@cvoeo.org    Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until suitable candidates are found. Please view our job description: Housing Education Supervisor

 



Austine School Campus to be Home to New Housing Complex

Posted July 27, 2017

Brattleboro Housing Partnerships has announced a new proposal for a two-story apartment complex on the site of the former Austine School for the Deaf. The project aims to create more units for individuals displaced from Melrose Terrace by Hurricane Irene in 2011. BHP estimates that the project will cost between three and four million dollars.

The new site is very close to BHP’s Red Clover Commons, which are the central focus point for on-site services. The new development would relocate the last residents still remaining at Melrose Terrace, which they hope to demolish given its flood-prone location.

Read more from the Brattleboro Reformer.

 



Former Lamplighter Inn to Cater to Chronically Homeless

Posted

The Lamplighter’s 24 motel rooms will have become 22 “micro-apartments,” each measuring 350 square feet complete with kitchens and bathrooms. The new community center will include offices, a laundry and a meeting room, among other facilities.

Windham & Windsor Housing Trust is managing the project while partnering with The Groundworks Collaborative and Health Care & Rehabilitation Services of Vermont to provide on-site services. The Groundworks Collaborative will offer on-site case management that will include job search assistance, budgeting, finding a primary care doctor, or connecting residents with mental health professionals.

The Permanent Supportive Housing Project will be a first for Brattleboro, bringing the nationally successful model to southeast Vermont.

Read more from VTDigger.

 



Rutland Turns Public Housing into Community Asset

Posted

Forest Park, with 75 apartments, was one of Rutland’s largest public housing projects. It was built in 1971 and looked it. Recently though, the project has turned from eyesore to asset after undergoing a $22 million. Previously only accessible via an access road, developers chose to move a city street in order to make it more accessible.

The redevelopment has come in stages, with 33 units completed in 2011 and 23 in 2015, while construction of the final 22 units began only this month. Rents vary from about $100 a month up to about $800 a month. All the units are full, and there’s currently a six-to-nine-month waiting list.

In the final phase of the project, developers have reserved six units for families who have experiences homelessness, acknowledging Rutland’s problems with addressing homelessness. The complex is overseen by the Rutland Housing Authority.

Read more from VPR.

 



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