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Conference Connects Housing Advocates

Posted October 31, 2010

Source: Rutland Herald, October 31, By Bruce Edwards

“Housing issues will take center stage next month when the Vermont StatewideHousing Conference convenes in Burlington. [More …]

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Promotion aims to feed minds, hungry families


Source: Bennington Banner, October 31, by Zeke Wright

“BENNINGTON — From now through Dec. 19, new and returning Bennington Banner subscribers will be contributing toward feeding hungry local families, in association with Bennington County Meals on Wheels and the Bennington Coalition for the Homeless. [More …]

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Phoenix House to open Monday in Burlington

Posted October 30, 2010

Source: Burlington FreePress, October 30, By Joel Banner Baird

James Henzel, regional director for Phoenix House of New England addiction recovery programs in Vermont, pauses Thursday at the nonprofit’s new group residence on Elmwood Avenue in Burlington.

“Phoenix House, a group home and addiction-recovery center for 20 local men, is set to open Monday on Elmwood Avenue in Burlington. [More …]

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Events Update

Posted October 26, 2010

Commission on Financing and Delivery of Affordable Housing and Conservation Meeting, November 5, 2010, 9:30 PM-3:30 PM, Vermont State House, Rm. 11, Montpelier, VT

Weidner Consulting, Inc. will present their final report to the Commission on Financing and Delivery of Affordable Housing and Conservation as well as the State Agency Heads. There will also be time at the end for public comments.

HUD Community Planning and Development Training, November 3, 2010, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Thomas P. O’Neill, Jr. Federal Building, 10 Causeway Street, Auditorium, Boston, MA.

Workshop Theme: Subsidy Layering

More information: CPD, 703.902.1264, Email, Web link, event flyer (155 KB; PDF). Cost: free

Homeless Memorial Vigil, January 5, 2011, 12:00 PM-1:00 PM, State House Steps, Montpelier, VT

The state’s homeless shelter and service providers will commemorate the thousands of Vermonters who received housing and/or services this past year. Stay after to discuss what can be done for the others who aren’t able to receive these services.

Sponsored by Vermont Coalition to End Homelessness

More information: Linda Ryan, Samaritan House, 802.527.0847, Email, Vigil Flyer (2.63 MB; PDF)

Fair Housing  and  Sustainable Community Planning Conference, November 19, 2010, Burlington, VT

U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission Michael Allen, Esq., Relman & Dane
UVM’s Center for Rural Studies
Vermont Legal Aid

Come learn the legal and policy reasons for integrated communities and find out about opportunity mapping—an exciting, new planning tool.  Come join the conversation about planning sustainable communities.

More information:  Rachel Batterson, Esq., Vermont Legal Aid, Inc., 802.863.7155, Email, Save the Date (31 KB; PDF)

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Champlain Housing Trust, Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and Vermont Energy Investment Corp. Awarded $350,000 Grant

Posted October 25, 2010

Source: Champlain Housing Trust, October 25, 2010

“BURLINGTON – Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, in partnership with Vermont Housing & Conservation Board and Champlain Housing Trust, has received a $350,000 grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The two-year grant will be used to demonstrate how deep energy efficiency retrofits in single- and multi-family residences can make housing permanently and comprehensively affordable by reducing energy usage and costs. [More …]

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Winooski veterans housing nears completion

Posted October 22, 2010

Source: Burlington FreePress, October 22, 2010

By Matt Sutkoski

“WINOOSKI — New transitional housing for veterans at risk of homelessness is almost ready to welcome its first tenants. [More …]

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Vermont awarded nearly $1.5M to create sustainable and livable communities


In an unprecedented collaboration between two federal agencies, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) are working to stimulate a new generation of sustainable and livable communities that connect housing, employment and economic development with transportation and other infrastructure improvements. The joint HUD-DOT funding will support local and regional partnerships seeking to create a more holistic and integrated approach to connecting affordable housing, job opportunities and transportation. [More …]

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Events Update


New Upcoming Events Posted; check out our events webpage!

Don’t forget to register for the Statewide Housing Conference! November 18, 2010, Hilton Burlington, Burlington, VT

NAMI-VT Annual Conference: November 5-6, 2010, Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, 100 State Street, Montpelier, VT

Randolph Area Community Development Corp. Annual Meeting: October 25, 2010, White River Craft Center (Kimball House), 50 Randolph Ave, Randolph, VT

The Future of Vermont’s Working Landscape Summit: December 10, 2010, 9:00 AM-4:30 PM, Vermont State House, 115 State Street, Montpelier, VT

Environmental Action Conference: November 13, 2010, 8:30 AM-5:30 PM, Vermont Technical College, Randolph, VT

Vermont Community Development Application Workshop: November 10, 2010, 8:30 AM-11:00 PM, National Life, 6th Floor, Calvin Coolage Room, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier, VT

American Poverty in Context Symposium: October 21-29, 2010, Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

How to Cut Your Home Energy Bills Workshop: November 4, 2010, 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, UVM, Jeffords Building Room 112, Burlington, VT

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New system, higher demand slow food stamp program

Posted October 19, 2010

Source: Burlington FreePress, October 19, 2010

By Matt Ryan

“The 75-year-old disabled man who entered Tim Searles’ Burlington office Wednesday needed some help.

The man had applied for food stamps Sept. 13, expecting the Vermont Department for Children and Families to decide within 30 days whether to provide him the benefit. Instead, on Oct. 11, he received a letter from the department that announced a delay. [More …]

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Vermont minimum wage to inch up 9 cents


Source: Burlington Free Press, October 19

By Joel Banner Baird

“In keeping with an upward creep in consumer prices, Vermont’s minimum wage will rise Jan. 1 by 9 cents, to $8.15 per hour, the Department of  Labor announced Monday.

Changes to Vermont’s lowest hourly wages are pegged to changes in the federal Consumer Price Index, which rose 1.1 percent during the past year, said the Department’s Performance and Compliance Unit chief, Sheila Manchester
Coniff. [More …]


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