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Strengthening At Risk and Homeless Young Mothers and Children Evaluation Report: Year 2, 2008-2009

Posted July 30, 2010

Source: National Center on Family Homelessness, May 2010

Assesses the second-year enrollment in and impact of Hilton’s initiative to address the needs of homeless and at-risk young families, including employment, education, housing, health, and family functioning; promising practices; and lessons learned.

Link to report.

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Opinion Brief: Boomerang Homeless Families:


Source: Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness, Summer 2010

The opinion brief suggests that the aggressive rehousing policies for New York City’s homeless families during the Bloomberg Administration do not work for all homeless families and therefore have destabilized the shelter system by pushing an increasing percentage of families through a revolving door and back into shelter—at great cost to the City.

Link to PDF of brief.

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West Rutland buildings to be converted


Source: Rutland Herald, July 30

By Stephanie M. Peters

“WEST RUTLAND — Two historic Westside buildings will be repurposed as apartment housing as part of a new Housing Trust of Rutland County income-sensitive housing project.

Last week, the Rutland-based nonprofit housing organization purchased the St. Stanislaus School and Convent, both located on Barnes Street, from Roy Rotella for $425,000. [More …]

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Energy efficiency financing faces hurdles in Vermont

Posted July 27, 2010

Source: Burlington Free Press, July 27

By Joel Banner Baird

“The summer scramble for efficiency upgrades to homes and businesses — always lively in Vermont — warms up this week as Congress works to overcome resistance from federal mortgage regulators.

Need an attic-full of fresh insulation? Property-Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing was designed to allow building owners to pay for the improvements over time, in the form of an addition to the local property tax bill. [More …]

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Local Apartment Complex Goes Green


Source: WPTZ, July 27

By Ashley Johnson


“The Pleasant Street Apartments in Enosburg Falls were recently renovated and offer lots of green features. Tuesday, neighbors came to celebrate the eco-friendly changes at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“This is keeping us where we can afford housing,” said tenant Diane McFeters. [More …]

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Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Passed, Housing Provisions Included


Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition, Memo to Members, July 23

“President Barack Obama signed H.R. 4173, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, on July 21. Among its provisions, the new law, P.L. 111-203, extends the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act (PTFA) through the end of 2014 and clarifies that any lease or tenancy created prior to the change of title as a result of foreclosure is protected by PTFA (see Memo, 7/16)… [More …]

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Man wants to replace mobile homes with houses


Source: Bennington Banner, July 27

By Keith Whitcomb, Jr.

“POWNAL — Mark Grise said he would like to turn things around at Royal Pine Villa, but standing in his way is a lack of funding.

Grise is president and general manager for Royal Pine Villa Inc. The mobile home park is owned by Grise’s father-in-law, Marcine Roy, and was managed by him up until 2008 when his health forced him to take it easy. [More …]

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NHTF and Other Extender Bill Provisions Need New Legislative Vehicle

Posted July 23, 2010

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition Memo to Members, July 23

“With new Senator Carte Goodwin (D-WV) and Maine Republican Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins voting in the affirmative, the Senate finally passed H.R. 4213, extending unemployment insurance for the long-term jobless. The House quickly moved to pass the same version of the bill and the President signed the bill into law by mid-week. [More …]



Vt. sex offender jailed 19 extra months


Source: The Associated Press, Boston Globe, July 23

By John Curran

“MONTPELIER — A Vermont sex offender who spent an extra 1 1/2 years in prison because he could not find a state-approved place to live after his release is finally getting out.

But the dilemma posed by his placement underscores the heightened sensitivity within the Department of Corrections and Vermont communities in dealing with sex offenders since a highly publicized case in 2008 that prompted changes to the law. [More …]

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Welch seeks to hike funds for homeless


Source: Brattleboro Reformer, July 23

By Howard Weiss-Tisman

“BRATTLEBORO — When Congress created the Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness, or PATH, program in 1990, small states like Vermont were awarded funding based on a formula that helped them compete with states with larger populations.

The formula is based on the urban population of a state, compared to the urban population of the whole nation. [More …]

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