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White River Junction VA facility part of N.H. plan to end homelessness among veterans

Posted June 30, 2010

Source: Rutland Herald, June 30

By Holly Ramer

“CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire could eliminate homelessness among veterans in four years with a plan that emphasizes moving beyond housing to focus on other support services, according to report released Monday. [More …]

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Rutland Housing Authority pushes for federal funding


Source: Rutland Herald, June 30

By Cristina Kumka

“The Rutland Housing Authority is meeting with federal Housing and Urban Development officials this week to determine what it can do to secure more than $6 million in funding for Forest Park.

Kevin Loso, RHA executive director, said he was headed to Washington, D.C., to get debriefed by HUD officials on what his organization can do better this July when it reapplies for $6.6 million in federal funding, known as HOPE VI Revitalization money. [More …]

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Champlain College Backs Off Interest in Wharf Lane Low-Income Housing


Source: SevenDays Staff Blog, June 30

A top Champlain College official said the school is officially taking its name out of the running as a potential purchaser of of an apartment building that houses 44 low-income residents. [More …]

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Alliance Produces Fact Sheet on High Housing Cost Burdens

Posted June 29, 2010

Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness, June 29

A new fact sheet published by the Alliance entitled What is “Sustainable” Housing Cost Burden? Implications for HPRP shows that high housing cost burdens are common among those living in poverty. In fact, more than half of households living in poverty pay more than 50 percent of their income toward housing costs. This finding has significant implications for providers of homelessness prevention and rapid re-housing services. Some providers have chosen to screen out potential recipients because of concerns about future cost burden, but analysis shows that, even with high cost burdens, households in poverty can avoid homelessness. The analysis concludes that these households should be served with prevention and rapid re-housing resources even if it may result in them continuing to have a high housing cost burden in the future.

Fact Sheet

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VAHC looking for used computer donations


We at the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition are searching for one or two  used (or new!) computers for our office.  We will be welcoming a new AmeriCorps VISTA member to our office in mid-August and will therefore need an additional computer.  If you or your office is looking for a home for one or two usable computers, please let us know!

Contact Marissa at or 802-660-9484.


Habitat for Humanity accepts applications

Posted June 25, 2010

Source: Rutland Herald, June 25, 2010

SPRINGFIELD- The Greater Springfield Vermont Area Habitat for Humanity is accepting applications for a home that will be built in Springfield this summer.

To qualify, applicants must show a very specific need for decent affordable housing. They must have a household income of no more than 60 percent and no less than 45 percent of the county’s U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s median income, according to the size of the family. For example, income limits for a family of four are between $28,725 and $38,300…”

Full story: Habitat for Humanity accepts applications

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Media Coverage on Wharf Lane


Residents and representatives from local agencies met Wednesday evening at Wharf Lane to discuss the property's impending sale. Photo credit: Josh Stewart, NROC

Residents of Wharf Lane Apartments in Burlington are working together to save their homes from being sold to a commercial developer.  The building, owned by Pizzagalli Properties, is home to 44 low-income renters, many of whom are elderly or have disabilities.

The apartments were built 30 years ago by a private developer using HUD funds. The contract, which expires in 9 months, specified that after 30 years as low-income housing, the property could be sold at market rate. [More …]

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Outperforming the Market

Posted June 24, 2010

Source: Champlain Housing Trust Press Release, June 24

“A report released recently by a researcher at Vanderbilt University in partnership with the National Community Land Trust Network found that conventional homeowners were eight times more likely to be in the process of foreclosure than owners of community land trust homes at the end of the 4th quarter of 2009. The Champlain Housing Trust (CHT), a member of the Network and a participant in the study, had no foreclosures in 2009 among its portfolio of 477 resale–‐restricted homes in northwestern Vermont. [More …]

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HUD Secretary Donovan Announces $100 Million in Grants Available as Part of New Sustainable Regional Planning Grant Program


Source: HUD, June 24

“WASHINGTON – During a keynote address to The Atlantic’s inaugural Future of the City Forum in Washington, D.C., U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced that HUD is launching a $100 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program, the first of its kind designed to create stronger, more sustainable communities by connecting housing to jobs, fostering local innovation and building a clean energy economy. [More …]

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HUD/DOT issue NOFA for Sustainable Communities Planning Grants – June 24, 2010


Source: HUD press release, June 21

“U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a groundbreaking collaborative effort designed to help foster planning for more livable, sustainable communities – places where transportation, housing and commercial development investments are coordinated to better serve the people living in those communities. [More …]

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