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Joint Public Hearing on Fiscal Year 2012 State Budget on Vermont Interactive Television

Posted January 31, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2009, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations will hold a joint public hearing on Vermont Interactive Television (V.I.T.) to give Vermonters throughout the state an opportunity to express their views about the state budget for fiscal year 2012. All 15 V.I.T. sites will be available for the hearing: Bennington, Brattleboro, Castleton, Johnson, Lyndonville, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Randolph Center, Rutland, Springfield, St. Albans, Waterbury, White River Junction and Williston. V.I.T.’s web site has an up-to-date location listing, including driving directions, addresses and telephone numbers,

The Governor’s budget proposal can be viewed at the Department of Finance’s website: For information about the format of this event or to submit written testimony, call the House Appropriations Committee office at 802/828-5767 or email Requests for interpreters should be made to the office by 12:00 noon on Monday, January 31, 2011.

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Housing Groups and Pizzigalli Craft Deal to Preserve Low-Income Housing

Posted January 28, 2011

Source: 7days Blurt Staff Blog, Posted by Shay Totten on January 28, 2011

6a00d83451b91969e20133f1f48f49970b-320wi “On the day they were supposed to receive eviction notices, the 44 residents of Wharf Lane were handed much better news: A deal has been struck between two nonprofit housing groups and the building’s owner that will keep their apartments as subsidized, affordable housing.

“We announced to the residents that we had a deal, in principle, on both Wharf Lane and Bobbin Mill and expected to sign purchase and sale contracts early next week,” Paul Dettman, executive director of Burlington Housing Authority told Seven Days.

BHA is working with the Vermont Housing Finance Agency to purchase Wharf Lane and the nearby Bobbin Mill apartments, which is home to more than 100 people — many of them low-income families. [More …]

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Wharf Lane Prospects are Good


Negotiations to purchase Wharf Lane have turned around through great efforts of the tenants and local advocates. It looks as though Burlington Housing Authority will go ahead with the purchase of the apartment building, preserving the affordable units and allowing the residents to remain in their homes. [More …]

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Save the Date: Vermont Housing and Conservation Coalition’s Legislative Day


**SAVE THE DATE** LEGISLATIVE DAY, Wednesday, February 16, at the State House, Montpelier

THIS YEAR MORE THAN EVER — Please set aside February 16th as a day that you and your organization’s key supporters will spend in Montpelier talking and advocating in the Legislature on the importance of Vermont Housing and Conservation Board funding for your organization and the communities it serves. [More …]

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Job Posting: Housing Program Specialist at CEDO

Posted January 26, 2011

POSTING DATE: January 26, 2011 DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 04, 2011

RATE OF PAY: $801.02/wk POSITION STATUS: Regular Full Time


This position is responsible for administering a variety of housing rehabilitation programs. This position involves reporting, monitoring, record keeping, loan closing, marketing, and procurement for all City of Burlington housing programs. [More …]



Burlington City Council votes unanimously to add affordable housing legislation to ballot

Posted January 25, 2011

Source: Burlington Free Press, January 25, by Joel Banner Baird.

“…Housing discussion

Earlier in the evening, the council unanimously approved a resolution that urged the Legislature to protect affordable housing from rapid shifts to “market” listings.

The advisory measure was triggered in part by concerns over the expiration of a contract that has limited rents at Wharf Lane Apartments for 30 years — and which threaten its 44 tenants with eviction after March. [More …]



$4.8B Shumlin budget slashes human services spending


On Tuesday, January 25, Governor Peter Shumlin gave his budget address to the State of Vermont. Below is an article which outlines some large cuts in the human services area. These cuts, along with others are part of the overall plan to balance the budget. There has been a lot of response to this in the news lately from human service and mental health advocates and those links can also be found below. [More …]

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ACTION ALERT: Speak Out In Favor of Affordable Housing Monday January 24th, 2011 – Burlington’s City Hall

Posted January 24, 2011

Neighbors living in affordable housing—including elderly and disabled people—are in danger of losing their homes. Over 2,500 rental apartments are at risk statewide, nearly 300 of them in Burlington!

On Monday, Burlington’s City Council will consider adding a question to the March ballot to urge Vermont lawmakers to protect these homes at risk.

Let your City Council know you care: come on MONDAY, JANUARY 24, 2011 at 7:00pm at City Hall, 149 Church St., Burlington. [More …]


Public Hearing for 2011 Action Plan for 2010-2015 HUD Consolidated Plan




Friday, January 28, 2011, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Calvin Coolidge Conference, North Lobby, 1 National Life Drive, Montpelier – sixth floor.

The State of Vermont’s Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development will conduct a public hearing in preparation of developing its 2011 Action Plan for the HUD Consolidated Plan for 2010-2015, to hear views about the State’s housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs and development of proposed activities, and review past performance related to its HUD Consolidated Plan.  [More …]


Mickenberg Report Finalized and supports existing housing agency structure

Posted January 19, 2011

The Vermont Commission on Financing and Delivery of Affordable Housing and Conservation has finalized its report to the Legislature.  The Commission was charged to “review and assess the work of the four Statewide Entities…and to determine the impact of a merger or consolidation of the Statewide Entities on the production of permanently affordable housing, land conservation, and historic preservation.” The Commissions charge followed an executive order calling for a review of the statewide housing agencies, which lead to the conclusion of consolidation from a Texas-based consulting firm, Weidner, Inc. It was their job to review this previous report and to also conduct their own investigation into the work of the Statewide Entities. In doing so they met six times, heard from 50 witnesses, and reviewed several reports on Vermont’s housing system. [More …]

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