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Vermont Foreclosures Continue To Rise

Posted March 31, 2010

Susan Keese

Source: Vermont Public Radio, March 31, 2010

“(Host) The number of mortgage foreclosures in Vermont continues to rise, and experts expect that trend to continue into the near future.

But help is available for homeowners in trouble.

And more may be on the way, as VPR’s Susan Keese reports. [More …]

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Vermont Community Foundation awards more than $280,000 to Vermont nonprofits

Posted March 30, 2010

Source: vermontbiz.com, March 30, 2010

The Vermont Community Foundation awarded a total of $10.6 million in grants in 2009, including $281,250 made at the end of the year to 60 organizations as part of the Foundation’s Community Fund grant program. The program awards grants to organizations that support Basic Human Needs (children, elderly and family services, housing, food and shelter, health); Successful Communities (civic engagement, diversity and equity, education); and Sustainable Communities (arts, humanities and cultural heritage, environment, economic development).

All grants were made for general operating support. [More …]

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County gets federal energy block grants

Posted March 29, 2010

By Howard Weiss-Tisman

Source: Brattleboro Reformer, March 29, 2010

“PUTNEY — Windham County schools and municipalities have been awarded more than $378,000 in efficiency and conservation block grants through a provision in the 2007 energy bill that was co-sponsored by Sen. Bernard Sanders.

Sanders, and Gov. James Douglas, will make the announcement about the grants this afternoon in South Burlington. They are part of the $5.8 million that will go toward 147 different projects around the state. [More …]

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Contractors gear up for new rules on lead

Posted March 28, 2010

By Melinda Davenport

Source: WCAX.com

Williston, Vermont – March 28, 2010

With nearly 38 million homes in the U.S. that still contain lead-based paint, the Environmental Protection Agency has issued rules on remodeling older homes to reduce contact with the deadly chemical.

Next month, the EPA will implement new work practice standards for remodelers of older homes in an effort to reduce lead paint exposure, especially among children. [More …]

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Officials unveil home loan plan

Posted March 26, 2010

Associated Press

Source: Bennington Banner, March 26, 2010

“WASHINGTON (AP) — Under pressure to stem the foreclosure crisis, the Obama administration launched a plan Friday to reduce the amount some troubled borrowers owe on their home loans and give jobless homeowners a temporary break.

Administration officials cautioned that the plan won’t stop all foreclosures or help all troubled homeowners. Instead, officials said their goal is to meet their original target, announced last year, of helping 3 million to 4 million borrowers avoid foreclosure. [More …]

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HUD Releases Groundbreaking Study on Costs of First-time Homelessness for Individuals and Families

Posted March 25, 2010

Source: HUD.gov, March 25, 2010

“WASHINGTON – When an individual or a family becomes homeless for the first time, the cost of providing them housing and services can vary widely, from $581 a month for an individual’s stay in an emergency shelter in Des Moines, Iowa to as much as $3,530 for a family’s monthly stay in emergency shelter in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today released three studies on the cost of ‘first-time’ homelessness; life after transitional housing for homeless families; and strategies for improving access to mainstream benefits programs. [More …]

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Shelburnewood developers pull out

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By Joel Banner Baird

Source: Burlington Free Press, March 25, 2010

“SHELBURNE — Developers for a proposed 256-unit, mixed income residential community in Shelburne canceled their plans Wednesday night — and then watched as the Development Review Board voted to grant the project further leeway.

Throughout the emotionally charged two-hour hearing, members of the public pleaded with developers John Giebink and Charlie Brush to reconsider their withdrawal of the project — and with board members to temper their “approval with conditions” that had effectively killed the project. [More …]

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Vermont budget bill spares vulnerable, closes $150M gap

Posted March 23, 2010

By Nancy Remsen

“MONTPELIER — Gail Zatz breathed a sigh of relief on behalf of her clients Monday afternoon as the House Appropriations Committee wrapped up work on a $4.79 billion budget bill.

The budget, which the committee voted unanimously to recommend to the full House, addressed not only a revenue shortfall projected to exceed $150 million, but also restored money the Douglas administration had proposed to pare from a host of human-service programs…” [More …]

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Alliance Publishes New Policy Brief on Chronic Homelessness

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“Today, the Alliance released a new policy brief entitled, Chronic Homelessness: Policy Solutions. This brief provides an update to the March 2007 Chronic Homelessness brief. Chronic Homelessness: Policy Solutions provides background information on chronic homelessness, describes who experiences chronic homelessness, and provides estimates regarding the number of people who experience chronic homelessness. [More …]

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House Passes Housing Data Base Bill

Posted March 19, 2010

By Bob Kinzel

“(Host) After nearly four hours of debate, and numerous roll call votes, the House has given its approval to a bill that creates a statewide data base for all rental units in Vermont and it establishes minimum safety standards for these units.

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